Wright State (16-6, 6-3 Horizon)
at Valparaiso (8-12, 4-5 Horizon)
Game #21 - Thursday, February 4 - 7 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) - Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Crusader Basketball: 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.
Last Time Out: A 5:44 game-ending scoring drought cost the Crusaders 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 thanks in large part to Ruvanna Campbell’s 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Following the Crusaders: Audio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) - Brandon Vickrey (PxP), Renee’ Turpa (Color), Jordan Morandini (Color). Video: ESPN3. Links for the audio, video, and live stats are available at ValpoAthletics.com. In addition, follow @ValpoWBB on Twitter for in-game updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the Crusaders throughout the season.
Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Tracey Dorow (31-80) is in her fourth season at the helm of the Valparaiso women’s basketball program in 2015-16. She collected her 250th career victory on November 14th, 2014 after a 91-57 defeat 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: Wright State leads the all-time series, 15-12. The Raiders are on a seven-game winning streak over the Brown and Gold, dating back to January of 2013. Valpo is 9-5 at the Athletics-Recreation Center vs. WSU, however. Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker combined for 40 points in the first meeting of the season between these two teams, but an excellent all-around effort from freshman Emily Vogelpohl lifted the Raiders to an 80-63 win at the Nutter Center on New Year’s Day.
- After snapping a 17-game losing streak to Ohio schools on January 21st, the Crusaders seek their third victory in a row (CSU, YSU).
- Already the owner of Wright State’s all-time scoring record, Kim Demmings is 19 field goals and eight free throws shy of becoming the Raiders’ all-time leader in those categories.
- Valpo’s next home win will guarantee its first non-losing season at the ARC since 2012-13.
- Thursday’s game features the two best shot blockers in the Horizon League in freshman Amber Lindfors and junior Richelle van der Keijl.
- In its 44th season, @ValpoWBB is 510-599 all-time (as of Feb. 3rd).
- Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker combined for 40 points vs. Wright State on Jan. 1st.
- @ValpoWBB has made two NCAA Tournament appearances (2002-03, 2003-04) and earned one WNIT berth (2001-02).
- @ValpoWBB closed out the 2014-15 season slate with a 6-24 overall record, 2-14 in the Horizon League.
- @ValpoWBB was picked to finish 10th in the Horizon League in the 2015-16 Preseason Poll.
- @ValpoWBB’s Dani Franklin was a Preseason Second Team All-Horizon League selection.
- @ValpoWBB returns its three leading scorers (Franklin, Jasmyn Walker, Lexi Miller) in addition to its two top rebounders (Walker, Franklin).
- @ValpoWBB brings back 1,469 points, 767 rebounds, and 4,304 minutes played from the 2014-15 squad.
- @ValpoWBB reached the eight-win mark for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
- Last season, @ValpoWBB did not record its fifth win until February 5th. It did so on Dec. 30th this season.
@ValpoWBB in the @HorizonLeague
- Since joining the Horizon League in 2007-08, @ValpoWBB is 48-99 (as of Feb. 3rd).
- @ValpoWBB has had one First Team All-League selection (Launa Hochstetler, 2008-09) and two Second Team All-League players (Agnieszka Kulaga, 2007-08; Tabitha Gerardot, 2012-13).
- @ValpoWBB also boasts four representatives on the All-Newcomer Team (Lauren Kenney, 2008-09; Gerardot, 2010-11; Dani Franklin, 2014-15; Jasmyn Walker, 2014-15), an All-Defensive Team member (Laura Richards, 2011-12), one Freshman of the Year (Franklin, 2014-15), and one Sixth Player of the Year (Franklin, 2014-15).
- @ValpoWBB’s win at Northern Kentucky on Dec. 30th gave it its first road win in a Horizon League opener since becoming a member.
- @WSUWBasketball touts a 16-6 overall record and a 6-3 mark in league play.
- If the HL Championship began today, @WSUWBasketball would be the No. 3 seed and face Cleveland State in Green Bay.
- @WSUWBasketball snapped a three-game skid last Saturday with a 93-65 rout of the Vikings.
- @WSUWBasketball has enjoyed winning streaks of four, five, and six games this season.
- @WSUWBasketball is atop the Horizon League in scoring, rebounding, blocks, FG defense, free-throw attempts, and free throws made.
- @WSUWBasketball has taken 247 more shots (1,544) than the next-closest HL club (Oakland, 1,297).
- @WSUWBasketball forces an average of 17.3 turnovers per game.
- @WSUWBasketball’s Kim Demmings averages a league-leading 19.5 points per game.
- Demmings, who currently possesses 2,406 career points, is the Horizon League women’s basketball all-time leading scorer.
- Minnesota’s Rachel Banham is the only active player in Division I basketball with more points (2,689) than Demmings.
- @WSUWBasketball’s Emily Vogelpohl is a strong HL Freshman of the Year candidate with team highs in assists (76) and steals (56).
- Vogelpohl is also pitching in 13.7 points per game in league play.
- Vogelpohl went off for 20 points, eight boards, six assists, and five steals versus Valpo earlier this season.
- @WSUWBasketball’s Antania Hayes (12.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG) owns six double-doubles this season (same as Jasmyn Walker).
- @WSUWBasketball’s Richelle van der Keijl, the tallest player in the Horizon League at 6’5’’, has blocked a league-most 47 shots.
- Van der Keijl’s 2.14 blocks/game average is second to Amber Lindfors’ 2.17 figure.
- Demmings, Vogelpohl, van der Keijl, and Symone Denham have started all 22 games for @WSUWBasketball.
- @CoachBradbury is in his sixth season as head coach of the Raiders.
- @CoachBradbury enters Thursday’s game with a 170-113 career coaching record, and a 120-69 mark at Wright State.
- @CoachBradbury is 9-2 all-time versus Valpo.
- @CoachBradbury is the reigning Horizon League Coach of the Year.
- @CoachBradbury has had just one losing season in his previous eight.
- @CoachBradbury has led teams to postseason appearances five times in the last six seasons.
- Under @CoachBradbury’s tutelage, the last two Horizon League Players of the Year have come from Wright State (Tay’ler Mingo, Demmings).
- @CoachBradbury possesses a .634 (59-34) winning percentage in HL play.
- @CoachBradbury served as head coach at Morehead State for three seasons (2007-10) before taking over at Wright State.
- 8th in the Horizon League in three-pointers made per game (2.0).
- Has scored in double figures eleven times (10.5 PPG this season).
- Exploded for 29 points at NKU (Dec. 30) on 10-of-11 shooting, the third-highest single-game FG percentage in program history.
- Started in all 20 contests this season.
- Third Hamlet to play for head coach Tracey Dorow at Valparaiso.
- Team leader in assists (63) and steals (24).
- Disbursed multiple assists in 17 of her 20 games.
- Led a second-half charge vs. Northern Colorado, scoring 12 of her team-high 15 points from the 3rd quarter on (4-5 second half 3FG).
- Has over 2,600 followers on Twitter (@xoxolouise21).
- Thursday projects to be her 75th start with the Brown and Gold.
- Averaged 16.0 PPG from Jan. 16th-23rd thanks to a 17-for-25 (68.0%) shooting performance during that span.
- Logged the most minutes (2,290) of any Crusader on the roster.
- Has shot over 80% from the charity stripe and started 27 games each of the last two seasons.
- Has not appeared in any of the first 20 games of the season.
- Corralled a career-high five rebounds vs. IU-Northwest on Dec. 12th.
- Owns the team’s best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33).
- Snagged a season-high seven rebounds last Saturday vs. UIC.
- Tied a career high in assists (8) at Wright State on Jan. 1st.
- Has amassed 215 career assists and 215 career rebounds.
- Hit back-to-back treys vs. Youngstown State on Jan. 23rd.
- Led the Crusaders in scoring at Green Bay with 14 points (5-10 FG).
- Went off for a game-high 12 points versus Louisville on Dec. 5th.
- Set the NJCAA record for three-pointers in a single season (143) last year at Dakota College at Bottineau.
- Making her first appearance vs. Wright State.
- Amassed 13 blocks in her last five tilts, including five vs. UIC.
- Leads the Horizon League in blocks per game (2.2).
- Currently in 8th place in program history for blocks in a season (39).
- Rejected six shots on two different occasions this year.
- Accumulated more blocks through ten games (22) than any Crusader in an entire season over the past eight years.
- At 6’4’’, she is the tallest Crusader since Stefanie Lang (2010-12).
- Shooting 49.4% (38-for-77) through nine Horizon League contests.
- Averaging 19.3 points per game versus Wright State for her career.
- After shooting 50% or higher from the field just once in the first six games of the season, Franklin did so in 12 straight from Dec.7-Jan. 21.
- Named to Preseason All-Horizon League Second Team.
- Has led the team in scoring on five different occasions this year. She did so 12 times last season.
- Reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year.
- Valpo’s top scorer (13.0 PPG) and field-goal shooter (47.3%) last season.
- Finished in double figures 21 times last season including five tilts of 20 points or more.
- Shot a team-high 85.7% (42-49) from the foul line as a freshman.
- Scored five points at Green Bay (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG) on Jan. 14th.
- Made her collegiate debut in the season opener at Butler.
- Valpo’s leading scorer (12.2 PPG) and rebounder (9.0 RPG).
- Accounted for 19 points and six rebounds vs. Wright State on Jan. 1st.
- 20 boards shy of joining Valpo’s Top 20 for career rebounds.
- Led the Crusaders in rebounding on 14 separate occasions this year.
- Set a career high in field goals (9) against Oakland on Jan. 9th.
- Cradled a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Detroit on Jan. 7th.
- Possesses six double-doubles this season, and four in her last seven games (N. Colorado, Miami, UDM, Oakland, CSU, YSU).
- Has started all 50 games since arriving to Valparaiso.
- Recorded most rebounds ever by a freshman (250) and the sixth-most ever in a single season in program history.
- Amassed nine double-doubles in Horizon League play in 2014-15.
- Elected to 2014-15 Horizon League All-Freshmen Team.
- Named HL Freshman of the Week three times last season.
- Collected team watermark in rebounds in 14 contests.
- Received two starting assignments.
- Posted for a career-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the Crusaders’ 63-62 win over Cardinal Stritch on Dec. 7th.
- Poured in 14 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3FG) in 12 minutes off the bench at Butler