Cleveland State (15-10, 7-5 Horizon)
at Valparaiso (6-19, 2-10 Horizon)
Game #26 - Wednesday, February 25 - 7:05 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) - Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Crusader Basketball: Valparaiso welcomes Cleveland State to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday night for the penultimate home game of the 2014-15 season. The Crusaders are looking to earn a split in the regular season series versus the Vikings. Cleveland State emerged with a 69-62 victory over the Brown and Gold at the Wolstein Center back on January 8th.
Last Time Out: Four Crusaders made their way into double figures, but Penguin forward Heidi Schlegel recorded 38 points for the second straight game in an 87-69 Youngstown State victory Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Abby Dean led the way for Valpo with 15 points while Jasmyn Walker’s 12 points and 11 boards secured her third straight double-double. Senior Jessica Carr made her 100th career three-pointer at the 10:40 mark of the second half.
Following the Crusaders: Audio - Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso) - Parker Gatewood (PxP), Brandon Vickrey (Color), Renee’ Turpa (Color). Video - ESPN3.com. Links for the audio, 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 (23-64) is in her third season at the helm of the Valparaiso women’s basketball program in 2014-15. She collected her 250th career victory on November 14th, 2014 after a 91-57 walloping of Butler. 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 2002-03.
Series Notes: Valpo possesses a 14-13 advantage all-time over Cleveland State in a series that began in 1989. The Vikings have won four straight contests over the Crusaders. Both teams have fared better away from their respective homes - CSU is 8-5 in 13 tilts at the ARC while Valpo is 9-5 at the Wolstein Center.
- Cleveland State’s Cori Coleman enters Wednesday night’s game 14 points shy of 1,500 for her career.
- Despite residing in the same conference for 14 years, the Crusaders and Vikings have never met in the postseason.
- Through 25 games this season, the Vikings have been outscored by just one point (954-953) after halftime.
- @ValpoWBB closed out the 2013-14 slate with a 6-25 overall record, 3-13 in the Horizon League.
- @ValpoWBB was picked to finish eighth in the Horizon League in the 2014-15 Preseason Poll.
- @ValpoWBB is in search of its first win on a Wednesday (0-3).
- @ClevelandStWBB enters Wednesday night’s game with a 15-10 record, and a 7-5 mark in Horizon League play.
- @ClevelandStWBB has committed 20 or more turnovers just once in its last 13 games.
- @ClevelandStWBB received just nine minutes and zero points from its bench in Saturday’s defeat to the Titans.
- @ClevelandStWBB’s Cori Coleman and Imani Gordon have both scored 204 total points in 12 Horizon League games (T-5th, 17.0 PPG).
- Coleman is @ClevelandStWBB’s all-time leading 3-point shooter (203).
- @ClevelandStWBB’s Kiersten Green recorded her 150th career steal Saturday at Detroit.
- Green leads the HL in three-point field goals made per game (2.5).
- @ClevelandStWBB has gone with the same starting five for the last 19 games (Gordon/Smith/Coleman/Green/Eckles).
- Kate Peterson Abiad is in her 12th season as head coach of @ClevelandStWBB.
- Peterson Abiad is the longest-tenured head women’s basketball coach in the Horizon League.
- Distributed a career-high 11 assists at Milwaukee (Jan. 21) en route to her second double-double in seven games.
- Tallied career bests in points (22), rebounds (8), and field goals made (8) at SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 20th.
- Recorded game highs in points (16) and assists (6) to lead Valpo to a 79-61 win versus Tennessee Tech on Nov. 22nd.
- Averaging 10.6 PPG in home games, 5.5 PPG away from the ARC.
- Led Valpo in scoring Saturday with 15 points vs. Youngstown State.
- Registered a career-high 21 points (9-11 FG) vs. Butler (Nov. 14).
- Had her first double-double against Purdue-Calumet (Dec. 30).
- Scored 11 points in her Valpo debut vs. Butler (Nov. 14).
- Scored nine points off the bench versus Green Bay (Jan. 29).
- Made her collegiate debut at South Dakota (Dec. 9) and knocked down her first - and only - three-point attempt.
- Accrued 11 points, five boards, four assists, and three steals in just 19 minutes of action at Detroit (Feb. 5th).
- Scored 34 points in a three-game span from Dec. 20th to Jan. 3rd.
- Has made a FG and doled out at least one assist in every game this season.
- Guided Valpo with 17 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range at Northern Illinois (Nov. 20).
- Expected to return to the lineup Wednesday after missing the last two games (injury, bereavement).
- Valpo’s top scorer (13.2 PPG) and best field goal shooter (48.6%).
- Tied for the lead in Horizon League Freshman of the Week awards with three (11/24, 12/15, 2/9).
- Posted her first double-double since 3/1/14 at Wright State (Feb. 7), tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds.
- Returned to form at UIC (Jan. 27) where she scored eight points and squeezed ten boards.
- Has tallied three straight double-doubles and sports six overall.
- Shooting 52.7% from the field at home compared to 35.9% in road games.
- Leads team in rebounds (7.5 RPG) and blocks (11).
- Tied for the lead in Horizon League Freshman of the Week awards with three (1/5, 1/19, 2/16).
- Owner of two double-doubles this season (Purdue-Calumet, Stetson).
- Set season highs in points (15) and rebounds (11) vs. Purdue-Calumet.
- Out indefinitely (injury).