March 10, 20141st2ndFinal
Detroit Titans244569
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUDM
FG Percentage.431 (25-58) .323 (20-62)
3P FG Percentage.381 (8-21) .280 (7-25)
FT Percentage.818 (18-22) .710 (22-31)
Offensive Rebounds812
Defensive Rebounds3227
Total Rebounds4039
Bench Points923
PointsHORTON - 25
ReboundsRICHARDSON - 8
AssistsCARR - 5
BlocksCARR - 1
DEAN - 1
Horton Compels Crusaders to 76-69 Win over Detroit
Monday, March 10, 2014
Horton Compels Crusaders to 76-69 Win over Detroit
Senior Liz Horton tossed in a career-high 25 points in Valpo's win Monday night in Detroit. (Andrew Koerkel)

The Crusaders won their first game in the Horizon League Tournament for the third straight year Monday night, scoring a 76-69 win over Detroit at Calihan Hall. 

Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) registered a career-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting. The senior was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line in addition to securing five rebounds. Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) nailed three treys en route to a 14-point, five-assist night.

The first twelve minutes were a tight, back-and-forth affair. The Crusaders led 20-16 before Senee Shearer hit a three from the left wing. The Brown and Gold answered the Titans' leading scorer's triple with a 14-2 run as Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) recorded all seven of her first half points during the eight-minute spurt. Detroit's Megan Galloway snapped the streak with a three-point play, but by that time Valpo had established a double-digit cushion. 

Behind Horton's 13 points, the Crusaders led 36-24 at the half. Valpo shot 15-of-27 (55.6%) in the first twenty minutes as opposed to the Titans' 25.8% (8-31) field goal mark. 

Valpo's shooting turned cold early on in the second half. The Crusaders were just 3-of-15 from the floor at the under-12:00 media timeout as Detroit scalped the deficit to 46-41. 

Just as she did twelve days ago versus the Crusaders, Shearer caught fire after a quiet first half. The senior drained three treys in a two-minute span to drive the rally comeback. 

With the Crusaders clinging to a 48-45 lead, Horton scored eight of Valpo's next eleven points in the midst of an 11-3 Valpo run to gain back an 11-point difference. Shearer was held without a field goal the rest of the way as Valparaiso received 28 points in the paint in the 76-69 victory.

Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. The senior snagged three steals as well.

Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) contributed ten points on 3-of-7 shooting. Overall, six different Crusaders recorded a three-pointer.

Valpo was 18 for 22 from the free-throw line, boosting its overall team percentage to an HL-best 77.4%.  

“I felt like we did a great job of moving the ball,” head coach Tracey Dorow told the media after game. “We weren’t forcing shots and we did a good job of making the extra pass.”

Valpo (6-24) will travel to Green Bay to face the regular season champion Green Bay Phoenix in a 7:00 pm tilt Wednesday night. Links to the audio, video, and live stats will be available at