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Senior Charae Richardson has scored 13 or more points seven times already this season. (Ruoxi Wang)
Senior Charae Richardson has scored 13 or more points seven times already this season. (Ruoxi Wang)
Cleveland State (9-11, 4-3 HL)
at
Valparaiso (3-16, 1-5 HL)
1/27/2014 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 312
1st2ndFinal
Cleveland State364076
Valparaiso264066
Stats at a GlanceCSUVALPO
FG Percentage.448 (26-58) .520 (26-50)
3P FG Percentage.455 (15-33) .429 (9-21)
FT Percentage.563 (9-16) .714 (5-7)
Offensive Rebounds139
Defensive Rebounds1322
Total Rebounds2631
Turnovers1423
Steals114
Bench Points68
Statistical LeadersCSUVALPO
PointsCOLEMAN - 24
WIEDEMANN - 21
ReboundsGORDON - 7
DEAN - 7
RICHARDSON - 7
AssistsGREEN - 6
RICHARDSON - 4
StealsCOLEMAN - 7
RICHARDSON - 2
BlocksSCHMITT - 1
KARUNGI - 1
WIEDEMANN - 1

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cleveland State (8-11, 3-3 Horizon)
at Valparaiso (3-15, 1-4 Horizon)

Game #19 - Monday, January 27 - 7:05 p.m.
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) -
Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Crusader Basketball: The Crusaders look to build off Thursday’s convincing win over Detroit when they welcome Cleveland State to the ARC for a 7:05 pm jump ball. Led by junior Imani Gordon, the Vikings enter Monday’s contest as the top shooting team in the Horizon League. Cleveland State rides into town on a three-game losing skid.

Last Time Out: Valpo bludgeoned Detroit 85-44 last Thursday. Four Crusaders either matched or set career highs in points, steals, rebounds or three-pointers made. The Brown and Gold closed the first half on an impressive 35-2 run as they outperformed the Titans in virtually every statistical category. Abby Dean contributed a career-high 20 points and six steals, Jessica Carr collected seven steals, and Charae Richardson added 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.

Following the Crusaders: Audio - Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso) - Brandon Vickrey (PxP) and Tommy Mantice (Color)
Video - Horizon League Network (Tommy Mantice and Brandon Vickrey). Links for the video and live stats are available at ValpoAthletics.com. In addition, ValpoGameday.com is a one-stop shop for live video, stats and social media interaction, all on the same page.

Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Tracey Dorow (14-35) is in her second season at the helm of the Valparaiso women’s basketball program in 2013-14. In her first season, Dorow led the Crusaders to eleven victories overall, including five in Horizon League play. Dorow arrived in Valparaiso after 14 seasons at Ferris State. She compiled a 232-163 record while with the Bulldogs. Furthermore, Ferris State posted the #1 grade point average in all of Division II for the 1999-2000 women’s basketball season as well as the #2 ranking in 2002-2003.

Series Notes: Valpo leads 14-10 over Cleveland State in a series that started in 1989. While the Crusaders do own the overall edge in the series, the Vikings are 8-4 versus the Brown and Gold since 2008 when Valpo joined the Horizon League.

Storylines...
- Monday is the 25th meeting between Cleveland State and Valpo.
- Despite residing in the same conference for 13 years, the two teams have never met in the postseason.
- Monday’s game features three of the Horizon League’s top four three-point shooters (Horton, Green, Schmitt).
- The Crusaders have just one player on their current roster who averaged more than four points per game last season versus the Vikings (Richardson, 5.5 PPG).
- Cleveland State is first in the HL in 3-point FG%; Valpo ranks 9th.
- The Crusaders and Vikings split the 2012-13 season series with each team winning at home.
- Valpo’s win came in a thrilling 92-85 overtime tilt at the ARC. Gina Lange tied the game at 75-all with two seconds in regulation to send it to OT.

@CSUWBBVIKINGS
- @CSUWBBVIKINGS enters Monday night’s game on a three-game losing streak. Their first loss of the streak ended a three-game winning streak which followed another three-game losing skid.
- @CSUWBBVIKINGS lost its first HL road game Saturday at UIC.
- @CSUWBBVIKINGS have gone with the same starting five all 19 games (Gordon/Aideyman/Coleman/Green/Schmitt).
- Imani Gordon is averaging 17.6 points per game and 9.4 boards/game.
- @CSUWBBVIKINGS is ranked last in the conference in rebounding.
- Kate Peterson Abiad is in her 11th season as head coach of the Vikings.
- Peterson Abiad graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she has an honorable mention All-American.
- She’s served as an assistant at Indiana, Eastern Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Jessica Carr
- Tallied seven steals versus Detroit on Thursday evening.
- Gave out a career-high six assists at UIC last Tuesday night.
- Got back in double figures Saturday for first time in four games.
- Scored 12 points and had four assists in just her second game of the season.
- Made her season debut versus Western Michigan on Dec. 29th, where she scored five points and notched an assist, steal, and rebound.

Elizabeth Hamlet
- Scored a season-high 12 points versus her alma mater (Oakland) on Jan. 15.
- Shot 3-for-5 from the field in Valpo’s 63-61 defeat of Toledo at the Toledo Invite.

Abby Dean
- Poured in a career high 20 points and six steals Thursday vs. Detroit.
- Has knocked down five field goals in six different contests.
- Has compiled 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17-point games this season.
- Has started every game for the Crusaders.
- Tallied a then career-high 17 points at Tennessee Tech on Nov. 24th.
- Scored first collegiate points at Cameron Indoor Stadium on 11/23/12.
- Made collegiate debut on November 14th versus Purdue-Calumet.
- Tossed in 11 points in 19 minutes vs.Western Michigan last season.

Lexi Miller
- Tallied 13 assists to five turnovers during the Toledo Invite.
- Scored a career-high 18 points vs. Tennessee Tech on 11/24/13.
- Owns best assists/turnover ratio of any Crusader (32:30).
- Accumulated 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals (all career highs at the time) at Saint Louis on 11/10/13.
- Made collegiate debut against the Indiana Hoosiers 11/9/12.
- Made first start in Hinkle Fieldhouse versus the Butler Bulldogs.
- Scored 13 points in Valpo’s 88-62 victory over UIC on 2/16/13.

Charae Richardson
- Has recorded at least one steal in each of the last seven games.
- Has scored 13 or more points in seven contests.
- Scored a career-high 23 points versus Montana State.
- Dished out a season-high seven assists at Tennessee Tech.
- Leads team in points/game (11.1) and total assists (49).
- Scored 15 points in the season opener at Saint Louis on Nov. 10th.
- Played in all 31 games for the Crusaders last season, including 28 starts.
- Carried an 84.1 free-throw percentage.
- Finished second on the team last season in 3-pointers (24) and assists (95).

Liz Horton
- Has scored 14 points in back-to-back games.
- Made five of six three-point attempts en route to a career-high 20 points at Tulsa on 1/4/14.
- Shot 23-of-45 from the field in December including 10-for-19 from behind the arc.
- Leads team in three-point field goal percentage (42.9%) and in total FG% (47.0%)
- Has scored exactly 11 points on four different occasions this season (Illinois, #6 Notre Dame, Montana State, Toledo).
- Appeared in 30 games for the Brown and Gold a season ago.
- Named Crusaders’ Most Improved Player in 2012-13.
- Scored 19 points, including 3-for-3 shooting from behind the arc, at Western Michigan on Dec. 19th.

Sharon Karungi
- Shot a season-best 80% (8-10) from the floor vs. WSU on 1/18/14.
- Scored a career-high 21 points in her first HL game (1/9/14).
- Leading rebounder (7.5) for the Crusaders.
- Averaging 10.1 points per game.
- Grabbed 14 rebounds in both games of the Toledo Invite en route to Most Valuable Player recognition.
- Scored the game-winning put-back with three seconds to play against Toledo.
- Registered 17 points and 14 boards versus FIU for her third double-double of the season.
- Tallied her second double-double at Tennessee Tech, scoring 11 points and collecting 10 rebounds.
- Recorded her first double-double at Illinois on Nov. 12th, throwing in 15 points and grabbing 12 boards.

Jessi Wiedemann
- On a streak of five games where she’s handed out multiple assists.
- Named to Toledo Invite All-Tournament Team after scoring 15 versus Chicago State and 14 against Toledo.
- Double figure scorer in nine games for the Crusaders.
- Has made multiple three-pointers in seven games in 2013-14.
- Snapped a season-starting 0-14 slump from behind the arc at #6 Notre Dame, nailing three treys in a nine-point game.
- Played all 40 minutes in the season opener at Saint Louis and set career highs in blocks (4) and steals (3) while scoring six points.
- Appeared in all 31 games including four starts as a freshman.
- Made collegiate debut versus Indiana.
- Scored 13 points off the bench versus Detroit on Mar. 9th, 2013.

Roster Breakdown
- Valpo welcomes six new players (two freshmen, four transfers) to its team this season.
- Haylee Thompson and Annemarie Hamlet will sit out this season per NCAA transfer eligibilty rules.
- The Brown and Gold boast players from six different states and two countries.
- Liz Horton is the only true senior on this year’s squad.


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