Former Liberty University standout and San Antonio Silver Stars forward Megan (Frazee) Leuzinger has been hired as assistant women's basketball coach at Valparaiso University. Leuzinger was an honorable mention All-American at Liberty before embarking on a seven-year professional playing career. She still holds the Flames' Division I record for career scoring average (18.5 PPG).
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced Tuesday that head women’s basketball coach Tracey Dorow has signed a contract extension through the 2017-2018 season.
A quintet of all-state honors highlight this fall's incoming class of freshmen for the Valpo women's basketball team. Grace Hales, Maya Meredith, Caitlin Morrison, Marlee Profitt, and Addison Stoller are all set to begin their collegiate careers with Valpo in August.
Sophomores Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker each scored 11 points Friday night, but Northern Kentucky used 12 steals as part of a staunch defensive effort that led the Norse to a 76-53 win over Valpo at Kress Center in Green Bay. The loss signaled Abby Dean and Lexi Miller's final game in a Crusader uniform.
Hours removed from a spectacular 94-91 overtime win versus Detroit, the Crusader women’s basketball team continues postseason play Friday evening against Northern Kentucky. Jasmyn Walker needs five more rebounds to collect 250 for the second consecutive campaign. The top-seeded Phoenix are lurking in the shadows, as the winner of this matchup will meet Green Bay in the semifinals on Saturday.
Valpo rode out a seemingly unsustainable pace from three-point range to overtake Detroit, 94-91, in overtime of the Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship opener at Kress Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Thursday. The Crusaders shot 15-of-23 (.572) from beyond the arc in the victory, matching their second-highest three-point total in program history.
Nine teams will travel to Green Bay this week to take part in the Horizon League Championship. For the second time in three years, Valpo will challenge Detroit in the opening tilt of the tournament. The Titans swept the regular season series with the Crusaders, but the Brown and Gold did oust Detroit from the 2014 Horizon League Championship in their most recent postseason meeting.
Meredith Hamlet was elected to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team, as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon. Hamlet scored in double figures 15 times in her rookie campaign en route to averaging 10.4 points per game.
Four Crusaders finished in double figures Saturday as Valpo engineered an 80-74 victory over the host Flames at the UIC Pavilion. Dani Franklin finished with a team-high 16 points while Haylee Thompson was 6-for-9 from the field for 14 points. Senior Lexi Miller added 13 points and six assists. Valpo will learn its opponent for next week's Horizon League Championship on Sunday afternoon.
The regular season comes to a halt Saturday in Chicago for the Valpo women’s basketball team. With all ten teams coming down the home stretch, Green Bay, the host institution for next week’s Horizon League Championship, is the only club with its seed locked up. A win Saturday would guarantee the Crusaders no lower than the No. 9 seed.
Cleveland State opened a 19-point lead in the first quarter of its women's basketball game versus Valpo before the Crusaders mounted a comeback that cut the margin to one point in the fourth quarter. However, that was as close as the Brown and Gold would get in a 72-65 setback to the Vikings. Freshman Meredith Hamlet paced Valpo with 19 points while Imani Scott-Thompson knocked down a trio of threes to finish with 13 points.
Valpo’s penultimate game of the 2015-16 regular season takes it to Wolstein Center in Cleveland, an arena that has treated the Crusaders well over the years. The Brown and Gold are 10-5 all-time there and hope the success continues Monday night as they seek a season sweep of the Vikings.
The Crusaders amassed 28 points in the fourth quarter of their game against Youngstown State on Friday evening, but it was too little, too late, as the Penguins shot 52.6% from the field in an 87-66 win over Valpo at Beeghly Center. Freshman Meredith Hamlet registered a team-high 13 points (3-6 3FG) while Jasmyn Walker dropped in 10 points and six rebounds.
The Horizon League announced late Thursday morning that Valpo will play at Youngstown State on Friday at 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT at Beeghly Center. The Crusaders' contest versus Cleveland State has been moved to Monday, February 29th at 5:30 pm ET/4:30 pm CT inside Wolstein Center.
Treacherous weather and roadway conditions have led to the postponement of Thursday's women's basketball game between Valpo and Youngstown State. The Horizon League is expected to announce an adjusted time and date Thursday morning.
Valpo’s final swing trip of the season takes it to Northeast Ohio for showdowns with Youngstown State and Cleveland State. Sophomore Sarah Cash and the Penguins seek out revenge on the Crusaders after the Brown and Gold handed them a 65-60 setback at the ARC back on January 23rd.
Green Bay's trademark defense secured its spot atop the Horizon League leaderboard as the visiting Phoenix defeated Valpo 71-35 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon. Jasmyn Walker registered a team-high 11 points, and senior Lexi Miller was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field to finish with eight points.
Abby Dean, Lexi Miller, and Jessi Wiedemann will take to Homer Drew Court for the final time in their Crusader careers Saturday afternoon. The Horizon League-leading Green Bay Phoenix visit the ARC for Senior Day in a 1:30 pm jump ball. A Valpo victory would snap a 20-game slide to the Phoenix.
Jasmyn Walker and Imani Scott-Thompson combined for 31 points Thursday night, but a mammoth game from Steph Kostowicz vaulted Milwaukee to a 70-60 win at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Kostowicz scored 27 points and 12 rebounds to offset 18 points and nine boards from Walker and a trio of threes from Scott-Thompson.
The 2015-16 home slate winds down as the Crusaders close out with Milwaukee on Thursday before Senior Day on Saturday versus Green Bay. Valpo comes into Thursday’s contest seeking to snap a five-game skid. Meanwhile, the Panthers approach a challenging corridor of their schedule one-half game behind Detroit for third place in the Horizon League.
In a game molded by runs, Detroit claimed an 85-65 win over the Valpo women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall. Jasmyn Walker, Dani Franklin, and Haylee Thompson all scored in double figures, but the Titans rode 11 three-pointers to their eighth win in league play.
It’s not quite Motor City Madness, but the Brown and Gold head to Detroit nonetheless on Saturday in pursuit of a much-needed win. The Titans returned home Thursday following a 3-1 road trip, but dropped a 64-51 contest to UIC. The Crusaders seek a regular-season series split after Detroit seized a 72-66 victory at the ARC back on January 7th.
Dani Franklin and Meredith Hamlet turned in record-setting offensive performances Thursday afternoon, but a turnover-laced first half made a late Crusader comeback attempt too tall of an order. The underclassmen combined for 47 points on 17-of-29 shooting, but Oakland prevailed in an 87-77 contest at the Athletics Center O'rena.
The Crusaders head to Rochester, Michigan this Thursday for their first road game in 26 days. Oakland awaits Valpo inside the Athletics Center O’Rena for a rematch of the January 9th tilt that went the Brown and Gold’s way. The Crusaders and Golden Grizzlies enter Thursday’s game with identical 4-7 records in Horizon League play.
Jasmyn Walker again led the offensive attack for the Crusaders, but her 12 points and six boards weren't enough to overcome a treacherous third quarter. Christine and Courtney Roush combined for 31 points as Northern Kentucky recorded a 68-50 victory over the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders wrap up a five-game homestand Saturday afternoon with their annual Pink Game. Nearly two dozen breast cancer survivors will be honored prior to the 1:30 pm tip. For the Northern Kentucky Norse, it’ll represent their inaugural visit to the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Jasmyn Walker collected her seventh double-double of the season Thursday night versus Wright State, but the Raiders rode an early lead into a 65-54 win over the Brown and Gold. Freshman Amber Lindfors rejected five shots to move into sixth place in program history for blocks in a season.
Valpo welcomes Kim Demmings and the Wright State Raiders to the ARC on Thursday evening for a 7:00 pm jump ball. The Crusaders enter the second half of Horizon League play in a three-way impasse for sixth place. The Raiders, who raced out to a 5-0 start in conference, come into this contest two games behind Green Bay for first place.
A 5:44 game-ending scoring drought cost the Valpo women's basketball team Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Jasmyn Walker posted 11 points and eight rebounds while Dani Franklin chipped in 12 points off the bench, but UIC held on for a 54-50 victory.
The first half of Horizon League play comes to a close Saturday afternoon at the ARC, and for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, the Crusaders can find themselves north of the .500 mark. Ruvanna Campbell and the UIC Flames, recipients of a first-place vote in the Horizon League preseason poll, seek to deal Valpo just its second home loss in 52 days.
Abby Dean's offensive eruption continued Saturday while sophomore Jasmyn Walker turned in another monster game on both ends of the court in a 65-60 win over Youngstown State. The Crusaders snapped a five-game skid versus a Penguin squad that recorded 21 wins a season ago.
Five of the best sophomores in the Horizon League take the court Saturday afternoon when Youngstown State visits the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 1:30 pm tip. Sarah Cash, Indiya Benjamin, and Nikki Arbanas have the Penguins at 4-2 through six league games. Meanwhile, Jasmyn Walker and Dani Franklin aim to get the Crusaders back to .500 in conference play.
Sophomore Jasmyn Walker saved 12 of her 15 points and eight of her 14 boards for the second half to spearhead the Crusaders to a 66-59 triumph over visiting Cleveland State Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Abby Dean pitched in a season-high 16 points while freshman Amber Lindfors finished one carom shy of a double-double. Valpo earned a 25-9 second-half rebounding edge.
Valpo pops the top on a five-game homestand Thursday evening versus Cleveland State. The Vikings, who received a first-place vote in the Horizon League preseason poll, snapped a six-game skid Saturday with a resilient 75-68 win over Youngstown State. Cleveland State is led by redshirt freshman Ashanti Abshaw, who is averaging a double-double in league play.
Milwaukee parlayed a barrage of three-pointers into an 82-60 win over the Valpo women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center. Dani Franklin scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter while Abby Dean was 3-for-3 from three-point range in an 11-point effort.
Valpo and Milwaukee meet Saturday for the fourth time in 360 days. The Panthers are riding high following a 54-53 victory over UIC Thursday night at the Klotsche Center. Milwaukee touts the second-best defense in Horizon League play, limiting opponents to just 57.8 points per game.
Imani Scott-Thompson caught fire from beyond the arc Thursday night, but a tenacious Green Bay defense sent Valpo's upset bid up in smoke at the Kress Events Center. The junior finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, but the Crusaders were unable to overcome 23 turnovers in a 81-42 loss at the Kress Events Center.
The Valpo women’s basketball team returns to the road Thursday evening to begin its trek through Wisconsin. The first-place Green Bay Phoenix await the Crusaders inside the ever-boisterous Kress Events Center. The Phoenix, who received five votes in Tuesday’s USA Today Coaches Poll, aim to extend their winning streak to eleven while the Brown and Gold target their first win at Green Bay in nearly 25 years.
A fiery forty minutes of basketball translated into a signature 81-66 win for the Crusaders Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Sophomores Jasmyn Walker and Dani Franklin combined for 40 points for the second straight Saturday while freshman Meredith Hamlet finished in double figures for the seventh time in her last eight contests in a convincing victory over the 10-win Oakland Golden Grizzlies.
The Crusaders look to straddle the .500 mark as Oakland visits the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday for a 1:30 pm affair. The Golden Grizzlies are coming off an important 78-76 win over UIC Thursday night in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Brown and Gold seek to shake a two-game hiccup.
Sophomore Jasmyn Walker paired a career-high 16 rebounds with 12 points Thursday night, but Detroit's Brianne Cohen provided the spark off the bench to boost the Titans to a 72-66 victory over the Brown and Gold. Dani Franklin found her stroke to the tune of 19 points, her seventh straight double-digit tilt.
Horizon League women’s basketball makes its 2015-16 debut at the ARC Thursday night when Detroit visits Valparaiso in a showdown of 5-8 clubs. The 7:00 pm tilt represents Tracey Dorow’s 500th career game as a head coach.
Sophomores Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker combined for 40 points Friday afternoon, but Wright State pulled away late for an 80-63 win at the Nutter Center. Senior Lexi Miller matched a career-high in assists with eight, but the Raiders received 20 points, eight rebounds, and six assists from freshman Emily Vogelpohl.
Fourteen hours after the ball drops in Times Square, the ball will be tipped at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Valpo will put its four-game winning streak on the line Friday afternoon against the Wright State Raiders in what will represent the Brown and Gold’s first-ever New Year’s Day contest. Led by Kim Demmings, one of the top players in all of mid-major basketball, Wright State has won seven of its last eight tilts.
Freshman Meredith Hamlet went off for a 29-point performance in a crazy 61-60 win Wednesday night at Northern Kentucky. Hamlet was 10-of-11 from the field to match the third-best shooting performance in program history. Valpo's victory represents its first ever in a Horizon League road opener.
Valpo’s 18-game Horizon League schedule gets underway Wednesday in the Bluegrass State. The opener signals not only the Brown and Gold’s maiden voyage to Highland Heights, but also the first-ever meeting between the Crusaders and Norse. A victory would give Valpo its first four-game winning streak since the 2007-2008 season.
The Valpo women's basketball team held IU-Kokomo to 8-of-65 shooting (12.3%) as the Crusaders collected an 88-22 victory Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The 22 points yielded broke the previous school record of 28 versus Youngstown State back in 2010. Five players finished in double figures, including Amber Lindfors who posted 15 points and 11 rebounds.
A five-game homestand comes to a close for the Valpo women’s basketball team Monday night when IU-Kokomo visits the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 7:00 pm tipoff. In just their second year of existence, the Cougars are coached by former Crusader Whitney Farris. The Kokomo native appeared in 109 games for the Brown and Gold from 2006-2010.
One of Valpo's best defensive efforts of the calendar year resulted in a 69-56 win over visiting SIU-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Abby Dean, Dani Franklin, and Meredith Hamlet all scored in double figures while Amber Lindfors corralled ten rebounds.
With the final week of non-league play approaching, the Valpo women’s basketball team prepares to take on SIU-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon. The 4:00 pm CT tilt is the back-end of an exciting basketball doubleheader at the Athletics-Recreation Center. A paid ticket to the men’s game versus Missouri State grants fans free admission to the women’s contest.
Five Crusaders finished in double figures as Valpo sailed to a 79-57 win over IU-Northwest Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Meredith Hamlet and Amber Lindfors amended their career highs in points while Hannah Schaub distributed nine assists.
For the third straight Saturday, the Valpo women’s basketball team is in action. The Crusaders entertain the IU-Northwest RedHawks in what symbolizes head coach Tracey Dorow’s 100th game at Valparaiso. Nine of IU-Northwest’s 13 players hail from Northwest Indiana, including Portage’s Nicki Monahan who is averaging 19.2 points per game.
The Valpo women's best whistle-to-whistle effort of the season went for naught Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center as Akron pulled away late for an 85-74 road win. Jasmyn Walker supplied 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field.
Valpo’s five-game homestand continues Wednesday night at the ARC as Akron comes to town for a mid-week tilt. The Crusaders have had six different players lead them in scoring through the first seven games.
A near perfect second half from redshirt junior Haylee Thompson lifted the Valpo women's basketball team to a 63-62 victory over nationally-ranked NAIA Division II foe Cardinal Stritch Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Thompson finished with a career-high 16 points in 16 minutes off the bench.
With an unforgiving schedule in its rear-view mirror, the Valpo women’s basketball team returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center to open a five-game homestand Monday night. The Crusaders welcome Cardinal Stritch to town in the first of a busy, three-tilt week. The Wolves possess the No. 7 ranking in NAIA Division II and ride into town on a seven-game winning streak.
A fast-paced Louisville squad flummoxed the Crusaders Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center in Kentucky. Junior Imani Scott-Thompson led Valpo with 12 points, but the Brown and Gold fell 75-42 in front of 8,274 fans.
It’s only the first week of December, but the Crusaders travel to Louisville for their final non-league road tilt of the season. The Cardinals, who were ranked as high as 8th in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, staggered out of the gate to the tune of a 1-4 start. However, Louisville restored order Thursday evening in East Lansing, Michigan with a win over the 19th-ranked Spartans.
After trailing by as many 17 points, Valpo stormed back to make it a one-possession game in the waning moments of Wednesday night's tilt against Miami (Ohio). But all three of the Crusaders' game-tying attempts from downtown were off the mark. Jasmyn Walker smothered 11 rebounds to go with 11 points while Dani Franklin tossed in a game-high 18 points.
Junior Alec Peters and sophomore Georgi Donchetz are among 257 nominees from Division I basketball teams for the 2016 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Team. This prestigious award highlights student-athletes who have displayed a dedication to community service.
After spending the majority of its Thanksgiving break in picturesque Southern California, the Valpo women’s basketball team returns to Northwest Indiana to face Miami (Ohio) at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Wednesday evening’s tilt marks the first of five games over the next ten days for the Crusaders.
Freshman Hannah Schaub nailed five of her seven attempts from beyond the arc to lead Valpo in scoring with 15 points, but a 13-0 run to end the first quarter allowed Northern Colorado to hang on for a 77-63 win Saturday in San Diego. Jasmyn Walker produced her first double-double of the season thanks to her 13-point, 13-rebound afternoon.
Women's basketball announced today five student-athletes have all signed National Letters of Intent. Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind./Westview), Maya Meredith (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), Marlee Profitt (Medina, Ohio/Highland), and Addison Stoller (Cissna Park, Ill./Cissna Park) will join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2016-17 season.
Valpo enjoyed a balanced scoring attack in its opening game of the USD-Courtyard San Diego Central Classic, but San Diego parlayed a 49-24 rebounding margin into a 76-60 win over the Crusaders Friday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Brown and Gold return to the court Saturday afternoon at 4 pm CT/2 pm PT versus Northern Colorado.
The Crusader women’s basketball team makes their first trip to the Golden State in six years this weekend. Valpo will square off against a pair of 2015 WNIT teams in San Diego and Northern Colorado at the USD-Courtyard San Diego Central Classic. The Toreros represent the third consecutive undefeated opponent to face the Brown and Gold.
Valpo's freshman class combined for 24 points, nine rebounds, and four steals, but freshman Marina Mabrey single-handedly led Notre Dame to a 110-54 victory Monday evening at the ARC. Mabrey posted 18 points, 12 steals, and 10 assists to notch the fifth triple-double in Irish history. The Crusaders resume play Friday evening in San Diego.
The highly-heralded Fighting Irish of Notre Dame visit the Athletics-Recreation Center Monday evening for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Irish occupy the No. 3 spot on both the Associated Press and USA Today polls and early returns show they’re equipped to make a sixth consecutive Final Four appearance. Meanwhile, Monday represents the home debut for five Crusader newcomers.
Senior Jessi Wiedemann provided a jolt off the bench, but shooting woes and foul trouble plagued the Valpo women's basketball team in a 72-53 loss to Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Jasmyn Walker finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
The curtain rises on the 2015-16 women’s basketball season Friday night in Indianapolis. Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse is the site of the Crusaders' season opener. Five players are expected to make their Valpo debut versus a Butler team comprised of eight underclassmen.
The Horizon League released its preseason polls Wednesday. Sophomore Dani Franklin represents the sole underclassman on either Preseason All-League Team. Green Bay was predicted to finish first while UIC forward Ruvanna Campbell was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year.
The Crusader women's basketball team shot 49.4% from the field as they rolled to a 94-78 victory in an exhibition contest versus Purdue Calumet. Jasmyn Walker posted 19 points and eight rebounds while freshmen Meredith Hamlet and Hannah Schaub pitched in 18 and 15 points, respectively.
It's been just eight months since the Valpo women's basketball team last took the court at the Athletics-Recreation Center. A myriad of changes have swept through the program since that home finale versus Detroit on February 28th.
The Valpo women's basketball team released its full 2015-16 schedule Friday, two weeks after the Horizon League announced the league slate. The Crusaders will open at home on Nov. 23rd against the national championship runner-up Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The season opener at Butler (Nov. 13), a Thanksgiving invitational at San Diego (Nov. 27-28), and a Dec. 5th contest at the KFC Yum! Center against Louisville highlight the release.
The Valparaiso women's basketball program will be holding tryouts for the 2015-2016 season on Tuesday, Sept. 15, starting at 3 p.m. inside the Athletics-Recreation Center Arena. Individuals with questions may contact assistant coach Justin Rees at Justin.Rees@valpo.edu.
A five-game homestand from Jan. 21st - Feb. 6th highlights the Valpo women's basketball league schedule per a release from the Horizon League Friday. Furthermore, the Brown and Gold will tango with Cleveland State at Quicken Loans Arena on Feb. 27th at 11:00 am ET. The Crusaders open HL action on Wednesday, Dec. 30th at Northern Kentucky, the Horizon League's newest member institution.
Valpo women's basketball head coach Tracey Dorow announced today that Rebekah Llorens has joined the Crusader staff as director of basketball operations. Llorens is a 2015 graduate of Hope College, where she was a First Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) selection.
Green Bay has been elected to serve as host of the 2016 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. The Kress Events Center, home of the Green Bay Phoenix, will accommodate the ten-team event beginning Thursday, March 10th.