January 05, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Illinois State1214131150
Stats at a GlanceILSVALPO
FG Percentage.246 (15-61) .288 (15-52)
3P FG Percentage.091 (2-22) .409 (9-22)
FT Percentage.643 (18-28) .773 (17-22)
Offensive Rebounds1610
Defensive Rebounds3036
Total Rebounds4646
Bench Points1220
PointsLivingston - 10
Green - 10
Franklin - 17
ReboundsLivingston - 10
Franklin - 8
AssistsLivingston - 2
Konieczny - 4
StealsPaige Saylor - 5
Meredith - 2
BlocksGreen - 2
Franklin - 2
Women's Basketball to Play First Valley Home Game on Friday
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Women's Basketball to Play First Valley Home Game on Friday
Nicole Konieczny has had multiple assists in 11 straight games.

Illinois State (6-6, 0-1 MVC)
at Valparaiso (7-6, 0-2 MVC)

Game No. 14 – Friday, Jan. 5 – 7 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Crusader Basketball: The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will host a conference game at the Athletics-Recreation Center for the first time since joining the Missouri Valley Conference on Friday night as Illinois State comes to town. The Crusaders will attempt to garner their first conference triumph and remain unbeaten at home this season.

Last Time Out: The Crusaders trailed by as few as six in the fourth quarter, but eventually fell 77-56 at UNI in a game that was closer than the final score would indicate. A late barrage of 3s helped the Panthers break the game open. The key factor in the game was rebounding, as UNI pulled down 49 boards, 22 of them coming on the offensive glass. Dani Franklin led the Crusaders with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Maya Meredith also made her way into double figures with 10 points. 

Following the Crusaders: Friday’s game and every game for the remainder of the season will air on The Valley on ESPN3. Dave Huseman (play-by-play) and Renee’ Turpa (color commentator) will describe the action as the Crusaders take on the Redbirds. Ben Ariano will have the radio call on 95.1 FM Valparaiso. Links to live video, audio and stats are posted on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Tracey Dorow was named head coach of the Valparaiso women's basketball program in April of 2012. The 2017-18 season is her sixth in charge of Valpo's program. Dorow has led the Crusaders to a Horizon League tournament victory in four of her first five seasons at the helm. During the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Valpo boasted three all-freshman team members, a Freshman of the Year, a Sixth Player of the Year, an all-league second-team honoree and an all-defensive team member. The Crusaders have enjoyed a significant uptick in all-league recognition under Dorow's watch, as they had three total league honors in the five seasons before that three-year span. Dorow arrived at Valpo after spending 14 seasons as the head coach at Ferris State University, guiding the Bulldogs to four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division championships, and four 20-win seasons.

Series Notes: This will mark just the fifth meeting between Valpo and Illinois State, with the Crusaders having dropped three of the first four. The two teams locked horns a year ago in Bloomington, a game Illinois State won 77-56. Addison Stoller had nine points and seven rebounds to lead the Crusaders, who committed 30 turnovers in that game. The second quarter swung the game, as the Redbirds outscored the Crusaders 28-13. Dani Franklin was limited to seven points, her second-lowest total of the season. The biggest headache for Valpo in that contest was Taylor Stewart, a then-senior who Valpo won’t have to concern itself with this time around. She scored 24 points and drained seven 3-pointers. Illinois State last visited the ARC in 2000, while the Crusaders only victory over the Redbirds came in 1999.

Franklin Continues to Climb: Dani Franklin turned in a team-high 18 points on Sunday at UNI, in the process continuing her ascent of Valpo’s all-time scoring list. Franklin, who played in her home state of Iowa for the first time in her collegiate career last weekend, surpassed Jeanette Gray (1999-2003) for third in program history. The Valpo senior, who became the first Valpo player in 15 years to crack the program’s Top 3, has 1,461 career points. The only two players with more in the history of Valpo women’s basketball are Debbie Bolen (2,008) and Sarrah Stricklett (1,498).

Defending the ARC: The Crusaders carry a seven-game home winning streak into Friday’s game and enter this weekend as the only team in The Valley unbeaten at home this year (5-0). Valpo finished the nonconference portion of the season with an undefeated home record for the first time since 2007-08. This is Valpo’s longest home winning streak since rapping off 11 straight victories at home spanning the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

We Meet Again: Valpo head coach Tracey Dorow will face her former team on Friday night against Illinois State. She played for the Redbirds from 1990-1993, leading the team in assists as a sophomore while finishing seventh in the Gateway Conference in assists that season. This marks the second consecutive season Dorow opposes her old team, as Valpo played at Illinois State in nonconference action a year ago.

Stoller Collides with Hometown Squad: Valpo redshirt freshman Addison Stoller is a native of Cissna Park, Ill., which is located near Illinois State. The last time she faced the team nearest to her hometown, Stoller had the best performance of her career, turning in nine points and seven rebounds on Nov. 19, 2016 at Illinois State.

Happy New Year: The Crusaders are looking to ring in 2018 with a victory as they play their first contest of fresh calendar on Friday. A win would allow Valpo to start a calendar year in positive fashion for the first time since 2012, which started with a 54-49 triumph over Northern Illinois.

Opening an Era: Friday will mark Valpo’s first home conference game as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference after the University gained full-fledged conference affiliation on July 1. Valpo was victorious the last time it debuted in a new conference in front of its home fans, beating Butler 77-69 on Jan. 5, 2007 at the ARC in the program’s first Horizon League game.

The Stripe’s Significance: Free throw shooting has been indicative of the team’s results so far this season, as the Crusaders have won all seven games they’ve had a better free throw percentage than their opponent and lost all six games they’ve had a worse free throw percentage than their opponent. Valpo matched a season-high with 26 made free throws in the nonconference finale against Fort Wayne and had shot 85 percent or better at the free-throw line in three consecutive games before shooting a season-low 61.5 percent at the line at Drake. The struggles at the free-throw line that took place against the Bulldogs have been a rarity for Valpo, which hasn’t had a free-throw shooting showing worse than that one since Jan. 22 of last season against Wright State, going 61.1 percent.

More Shooting Numbers: Valpo narrowly extended its streak of shooting better than 30 percent from the floor to 18 games at Drake as the Crusaders shot a season-low 30.2 percent. That streak reached 19 as Valpo shot 35.6 percent at UNI. Valpo hasn’t shot below 30 percent since Feb. 11 of last season, a 41-32 win over Northern Kentucky.

Keeping Control: Valpo did a strong job of keeping turnovers to a minimum during the nonconference season. The Crusaders committed just eight turnovers in the nonconference finale against Fort Wayne, matching the previous week’s win over IU Northwest for the fewest turnovers made by Valpo this season. This marked the fewest turnovers the team has made in a game against a Division I opponent since Dec. 12, 2015, when the Crusaders limited the turnover total to six against Miami (Ohio). Valpo committed 15 turnovers or fewer in eight of its 11 nonconference games and more than 17 turnovers on just one occasion in conference play. Last season, Valpo committed 19 or more turnovers in eight of its 11 nonconference games. The 14.0 turnovers per game is the fewest Valpo has finished the nonconference season with since 2004-05. Here’s a deeper look at Valpo’s improvement in limiting turnovers during this year’s nonconference season as compared to years past.

2017-18: 14.0
2016-17: 19.5
2015-16: 17.5
2014-15: 16.6
2013-14: 20.1
2012-13: 19.1
2011-12: 18.8
2010-11: 19.2
2009-10: 17.2
2008-09: 18.9
2007-08: 18.8
2006-07: 15.7
2005-06: 14.8
2004-05: 11.7 

Valpo in The Valley: Valparaiso University is competing in its first season as a member institution in the Missouri Valley Conference after a 10-year run in the Horizon League. The Valley is celebrating 25 years of women’s athletics in the conference over the course of the 2017-18 academic and athletic year. Valpo head coach Tracey Dorow played at Illinois State during the first season of women’s athletics in The Valley and is back for Year 25 and her first season as a head coach in the conference.

Dani Franklin Record Book Watch

  • Dani Franklin enters this game with 1,461 career points, which ranks third in Valpo history. After surpassing Jeanette Gray for third in program history, Franklin now has her sights set on second. She needs 38 points to pass Sarrah Stricklett and 38 points to become the second player in program history to score 1,500 points.
  • Franklin holds a career scoring average of 14.2 points per game, which ranks second in program history. The program record is 18.4 points per game, set by Debbie Bolen (1989-93).
  • Franklin ranks third in Valpo history with 542 career made field goals. She is 56 makes away from passing Jeanette Gray for second in program history.
  • Franklin has amassed 155 3-pointers in her illustrious career, a total that ranks sixth in program history. She needs 17 more to leap into fourth.
  • Franklin owns a career 3-point field goal percentage of .380, which currently sits third all-time.
  • Franklin has 568 career rebounds, 15th in program history. She needs four more to jump to 13th all-time.
  • Franklin’s career free-throw percentage of .871 is on pace for the program record, which currently is .838 set by Launa Hochstetler (2005-2009).

Inside the Redbirds

  • Started conference play with a 62-42 loss to Bradley on Sunday. The Redbirds were hurt by a pair of single-digit quarters, scoring nine points in the first and just three in the third. Simone Goods led Illinois State with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Goods, who has played in just six games and made three starts, leads the Redbirds in scoring at 17.2 points per game, joined in double figures by Hannah Green, who is averaging 13.6. Green missed Illinois State’s conference opener against Bradley due to an injury. Goods is also the top rebounder at 9.7 per game in her limited sample size.
  • Leads the league in scoring defense at 54.5, but ninth in scoring offense at 53.1.
  • Have struggled from beyond the arc, shooting a league-worst 25 percent.
  • Under the direction of head coach Kristen Gillespie, who is in her first season at the helm. She was previously the head coach at Division II Lewis, leading the Flyers to a 51-12 record over the last two seasons.
  • Picked to finish seventh in the MVC after going 4-14 in league play a year ago .

A Look Back at 2016-17

  • Valpo had the biggest jump from the first half of league play to the second of any Horizon League squad. In first matchups against Horizon League opponents, Valpo went 0-9 before going 4-5 in second meetings. The plus-four win turnaround was the best in the Horizon League. No other team was better than plus-two.
  • The Crusaders have now captured league tournament wins in five of the last six seasons.
  • Valpo went 4-4 over its final eight games of the regular season, its best eight-game finish to a season of the Tracey Dorow era.
  • Dani Franklin was named to the all-league second-team, becoming the first Valpo player to make the Horizon League first or second team since Tabitha Gerardot in 2012-13.
  • The Crusaders had an all-league representative and an all-defensive team member in the same season for the first time since joining the Horizon League.
  • Franklin finished the season with 559 points, which ranks second in program history for points in a single year. Debbie Bolen’s 1991-92 season (638) is the program record.
  • Franklin finished the season at 18.0 points per game, ranking fifth in program history for single-season scoring average. She also shot 85.8 percent at the free-throw line, the second-best single-season free throw percentage in program history.
  • Hannah Schaub completed the season with 134 assists, ranking seventh in program history for assists in a single season.
  • The Crusaders had twice as many wins in February (four) than they had in December and January combined (two).

Inside the 2017-18 Roster

  • Valpo has nine players on the roster listed at 6-foot or taller. This is the most players listed at 6-foot or taller on the roster in program history. Previously, the most was eight in 1990-91 and 1995-96.
  • Valpo has had five freshmen on the roster each of the last two seasons. Prior to 2016-17, the Crusaders hadn’t featured five true freshmen since 2010-11. This year’s team has 10 freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores, the most since the 2003-04 season.
  • In addition to five true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen and three sophomores, the Crusaders feature three juniors and two seniors.
  • This year’s version of the Crusaders includes four Indiana natives. This marks the most Hoosiers on the team since the 2013-2014 season.
  • Three others are from Illinois, three from Ohio, two from Minnesota, one from Michigan, one from Iowa and one from Wisconsin. Seven states are represented on the Valpo roster.
  • Freshman Ella Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis.) is the first Valpo player from Wisconsin since Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis.) in 2007-08.

Meredith Hamlet

  • Named the Enterprise Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 20 after matching a career high in scoring against IU Northwest. Became the first Valpo student-athlete in any sport to win the weekly honor, given to someone who excels both academically and athletically.
  • Fouled out for the first time in her Valpo career on Dec. 21 against Fort Wayne.
  • Handed out a career-high six assists on Dec. 18 at Eastern Illinois.
  • Reached 29 points in a game for the third straight season on Dec. 15 against IU Northwest, setting a season high and matching her career watermark.
  • Only player on Valpo’s roster who has scored more than 25 points in a single game in each of the last three seasons.
  • Since the start of the 2015-16 season, there have been 11 occasions where a Valpo player has hit 5 or more 3-pointers in a game. Hamlet has accounted for seven of those occasions, while Dani Franklin and Hannah Schaub have a pair of five 3-pointer games apiece.
  • Has six career games scoring 20 points or more, and the first five came away from the ARC. Had her first home game with 20+ points on Dec. 15 against IU Northwest.
  • Had five made 3s on Dec. 8 at Purdue, all in the first half. Scored 19 points in the game, all coming before halftime. Became the first Crusader with a 19-point half this season and the first Valpo player to hit five 3s in one half since she did so at Northern Kentucky on Dec. 3, 2016.
  • Poured in 25 points on Dec. 3 at Longwood, making a career-high nine free throws.
  • Posted a team-high 14 points, the 25th double-figure scoring game of her Valpo career, on Nov. 21 at Miami (Ohio). Followed by scoring 14 more in Valpo’s win over Grand Canyon on Nov. 25.
  • Started in Valpo’s season opener for the third consecutive year.
  • Reached the 500-point plateau for her collegiate career as only a sophomore on Jan. 14, 2016 at Youngstown State.
  • Posted her first career double-double on Jan. 14, 2016 at Youngstown State, matching a career high with 29 points while shattering personal bests in rebounds (10) and made field goals (12). That game marked the 23rd time in program history a player has made 12 field goals or more in a single game.
  • Dished out a career-best seven assists on Jan. 22, 2017 at Wright State.
  • Began her collegiate career with a streak of 52 consecutive starts without missing a game, which was snapped on Feb. 2, 2017 against Youngstown State.
  • Exploded for 29 points at Northern Kentucky on Dec. 30, 2015. Went 10-of-11 shooting, the third-highest single-game field goal percentage in program history.
  • Made a game-winning layup at the buzzer to beat Chicago State on Nov. 16, 2016.
  • Made 69 3-pointers as a freshman, tying for the fifth most in a single season in school history. In addition, she set the record for the most 3-pointers by a freshman.
  • Was Valpo’s leading returning scorer in 2016-17 after scoring 10.6 points per game in 2015-16. During her sophomore campaign, averaged 9.0 ppg.
  • Named to Horizon League all-freshman team in 2015-16.
  • Reached double figures in scoring 16 times as a freshman and nine times during her sophomore season.
  • Third Hamlet to play under Dorow as sisters Elizabeth (2013-14) and Annemarie (2014-15 & 2015-16) both concluded their careers with the Crusaders.

Dani Franklin

  • Currently The Valley’s leading scorer at 17.3 points per game.
  • Moved into third place on Valpo’s all-time scoring list with her team-high 18 points on Dec. 31 at UNI, a game that took place in her home state of Iowa.
  • Did not attempt a 3 in the Dec. 31 game at UNI, the first time Franklin has played in a game and not tried a 3 since March 10, 2016, a Horizon League Tournament game against Detroit her sophomore season.
  • Led Valpo for the seventh time in 12 games this season on Dec. 29 at Drake.
  • Had her second straight 10 field goal performance and a season-high 28 points on Dec. 18 at Eastern Illinois, a game that also saw her pull down a team-high eight rebounds and reach career highs in assists (five) and steals (five).
  • Had a season-high 10 made field goals on Dec. 15 against IU Northwest, scoring 23 points.
  • Has now reached the following milestones – 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 500 career made field goals. She’s joined in that elite group by Debbie Bolen, Jeanette Gray and Sarrah Stricklett as the only players in Valpo history to achieve all three of those feats.
  • Had her first double-double of the season and the 10th of her career on Dec. 10 against Chicago State, pulling down a season-high 11 rebounds to go along with 24 points.
  • After being held to four points at Liberty on Dec. 2 and six through three quarters on Dec. 3 at Longwood, had an 11-point fourth quarter to help the Crusaders fend off the Lancers.
  • Started her senior season with a game-high 26 points against IU Kokomo. She knocked down nine field goals in the win, including four 3s.
  • Moved into fourth in program history in career scoring with her 23-point output on Nov. 25 against Grand Canyon. This marked the 17th time in Franklin’s Crusader career that she scored 20 points or more.
  • As a junior, led the team in scoring (18.0 ppg), rebounding (7.8 ppg), 3-point percentage (.430), free-throw percentage (.858) and steals (35).
  • Became the first Valpo player in the last 23 years to score 500 points in a single season in 2016-17. Finished the season with 559 total points, the second most in program history.
  • Scored the 1,000th point of her Valpo career on Jan. 17, 2017 at Green Bay, becoming the 14th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club.
  • Enters her senior season with 1,236 career points, which already ranks sixth in program history.
  • Her 2016-17 free-throw percentage was the second-best single-season free throw percentage in program history.
  • Had as many double-doubles in a five-game stretch from Jan. 12-20, 2017 as she did in the first 73 games of her collegiate career.
  • Got to the free-throw line more as a junior than she did in her first two collegiate seasons combined. Went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line on Jan. 28 at UIC, becoming the 10th player in program history to go perfect at the foul stripe with at least 10 attempts in a game.
  • Set a career high and notched Valpo’s best individual scoring performance since 1992 and fifth-best in program history with 34 points at Stetson on Nov. 12, 2016.
  • Only two players in program history had reached the 34-point mark before Franklin. Debbie Bolen did so three times, while Stephanie Greer owns the all-time single-game scoring record with 39 in 1990.
  • Scored 33 points on Dec. 3, 2016 against Eastern Illinois, finishing one shy of a career high. She became just the third player in program history who has scored 33 points or more in at least two games. Matched a career best with 12 made field goals.
  • 2014-15 Horizon League Freshman of the Year, 2014-15 Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year, 2016-17 All-Horizon League Second Team, team’s Sixth Player of the Year in 2014-15 and 2015-16, team’s MVP and co- Most Improved Player in 2016-17.
  • Shot 43.3 percent from 3-point range as a freshman in 2014-2015, the fourth best single-season mark in program history. Now owns two of the Top 5 single-season 3-point field goal percentage marks.
  • As a junior, increased her scoring average from the previous year by nearly eight points, boosted her 3-point percentage by nearly 12 percent and over doubled her number of total rebounds and made free throws from the previous season.
  • Made 199 field goals as a junior, tied for third in program history.
  • Finished in double-figure scoring in 28 of the team’s 31 games last season, leading the squad in scoring on 23 occasions.

Caitlin Morrison

  • Did not play on Dec. 29 at Drake or Dec. 31 at UNI due to an injury.
  • Ranks second in The Valley in blocks per game at 1.7, behind only Illinois State’s Hannah Green (2.0).
  • Has at least one block in five straight games.
  • Knocked down a pair of 3s on Dec. 18 at Eastern Illinois, her first game this season with multiple makes from beyond the arc.
  • Swatted a career-high five shots on Nov. 25 against Grand Canyon, including a block of a 3-point try that would have tied the game with less than 10 seconds left. Previously hadn’t had more than two blocks in any game in her career.
  • Squeezed a career-high 10 rebounds on Nov. 21 at Miami, five of which came in the first quarter.
  • Established career watermarks in assists (four) and steals (three) in Valpo’s season opener against IU Kokomo.
  • Reached double figures for the first time in her Valpo career with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting against Grace College on Dec. 10, 2016.
  • Matched her season high in rebounds and established her season high in scoring in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament, posting 11 points and eight boards to help the Crusaders to a victory over Youngstown State.
  • Named the team’s Rookie of the Year in 2016-17.
  • Father Scott Morrison is a former Valparaiso men’s basketball player.

Nicole Konieczny

  • Has dished out multiple assists in 11 straight games.
  • Reached double figures for the second time in her Crusader career on Dec. 21 against Fort Wayne, scoring 12 points to finish one shy of a career high.
  • Ranks second in The Valley in assists at 4.2 per game, behind only Evansville’s Kerri Gasper (4.5).
  • Missed the Dec. 15 game against IU Northwest due to illness.
  • Was two assists shy of a double-double on Nov. 28 at Bowling Green, finishing with personal bests in both points (13) and assists (eight).
  • Became the first Crusader to have eight or more assists and score double figures in the same game since Jessica Carr posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 assists on Jan. 21, 2015 in a 90-79 loss at Milwaukee.
  • Made her first career start on Nov. 25 against Grand Canyon and dished out seven assists while scoring eight points to lift Valpo to an 80-75 win.
  • Handed out six assists in the first road game of her career on Nov. 21 at Miami.
  • Had six points in her collegiate debut on Nov. 16 against IU Kokomo.
  • Named a 2016-17 Indiana All-Star, earning a place on the 13-player roster.
  • Led South Bend St. Joseph to the 2016-17 Indiana Class 3A state title, averaging 14.4 points per game and 3.1 assists per game during her senior season.
  • Helped the Indians finish her senior campaign with a 26-2 record.
  • Started her prep career at LaPorte, approximately 20 miles from Valpo, before transferring to South Bend St. Joseph before her junior season.

Bryce Blood

  • Made all four field-goal attempts while finishing as one of four Crusaders in double figures (10 points) on Dec. 15 against IU Northwest.
  • Matched a season high with five made field goals – an efficient 5-of-6 shooting – on Dec. 3 at Longwood on her way to 11 points, one of three Crusaders in double figures.
  • Contributed nine points including 5-of-5 at the free-throw line on Nov. 28 at Bowling Green, a game played close to her hometown of Toledo.
  • Chipped in nine points and five rebounds in a win over Grand Canyon on Nov. 25.
  • Became the first Crusader since 2008 with a double-double in a season opener by scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 boards in her collegiate debut on Nov. 16 against IU Kokomo.
  • Won over 20 regional and national titles over a five-year span while playing for the SMAC Ballers AAU program.
  • Finished fourth on her school’s all-time scoring list with 931 points, while finishing as the program’s all-time leader in both rebounds (767) and blocks (181).

Grace Hales

  • Ranks fourth in The Valley in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.7.
  • Made her first start of the season and the second of her career on Dec. 29 at Drake.
  • Returned to double figures with 13 points on Dec. 18 at Eastern Illinois, her fifth double-figure game this season. After starting the season with four double-figure performances in her first five games, she had been held out of double figures in four straight.
  • Hit seven straight 3-point attempts on Dec. 2 at Liberty and Dec. 3 at Longwood, going 4-for-4 against the Flames before knocking down her first three triples against the Lancers. Scored a career-high 14 points at Liberty, the only Crusader in double figures in that game.
  • Only Crusader who scored double figures in each of Valpo’s first three games. That marked the first time in the sophomore’s Valpo career that she has reached double figures in scoring in three straight.
  • Drained a career-high four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points on Nov. 21 at Miami (Ohio).
  • Made a career-high five field goals while scoring 12 points – one shy of a career best – in the season-opening win over IU Kokomo. Hales reached double figures for the sixth time in her career.
  • Knocked down three 3s in her Crusader debut, becoming the first player to do so since Annemarie Hamlet in 2014. Hales became the first freshman to pour in three 3s in a season opener in the last decade.
  • Had a streak of 21 straight made free throws that spanned three different months during her freshman year. Finished the season second on the team in free-throw percentage at 81.4.
  • Scored nine points at Stetson on Nov. 12, 2016, marking the third straight year a Valpo freshman has scored nine points or more on opening night.
  • Opened conference play in style with a career-high 13 points on Dec. 29, 2016 at Detroit Mercy, her second consecutive game in double figures.
  • Led her team in scoring for the first time in her Valpo career on Feb. 16, 2017 against Oakland. Was the only Crusader in double figures, posting 11 points in the defeat. Scored seven of the team’s 13 second-quarter points.
  • Father Ross played football and basketball at Indiana University.

Maya Meredith

  • Set a career-high with five rebounds on Dec. 31 at UNI, while reaching double figures in scoring for the fourth time this season with 10 points and matching career highs for made field goals (4) and made 3-pointers (2).
  • Scored in double figures for the third time this season after not doing so at all a year ago by posting 11 points on Dec. 18 at Eastern Illinois.
  • Shattered a program-record that had stood since 1992 in her first career start by dishing out 16 assists on Dec. 15 against IU Northwest. She became the 10th player in Missouri Valley Conference history to reach 16 assists, a mark that ranks tied for sixth in the conference’s prestigious history. She also became the second player in the nation with a 16+ assist game this season.
  • Had 10 of her career-high 12 points in the fourth quarter of a 71-60 win over Chicago State on Dec. 10.
  • Made a pair of impressive blocks on Dec. 8 at Purdue.
  • Knocked down a pair of 3s in a game for the first time in her Crusader career and finished with 11 points on Nov. 28 at Bowling Green.
  • Played 13 minutes in Valpo’s season opener against IU Kokomo, scoring four points.
  • Notched her first-career made basket against a Division-I opponent on Jan. 14, 2017 at Youngstown State. Did so in style, finishing an important layup despite being fouled.
  • Scored seven points on Feb. 16, 2017 against Oakland, a season high. Shattered her previous best of four. Also dished out a career-high four assists in 26 minutes, the most playing time she received in a game during her freshman season.

Allison Schofield

  • One of three Crusaders who did not play due to illness on Dec. 29 at Drake. Also sat out the Dec. 31 game at UNI due to illness.
  • Made a key steal that led to a fast-break 3-pointer by Dani Franklin in a five-point win over Grand Canyon on Nov. 25.
  • Knocked down the only shot she attempted at Miami on Nov. 21.
  • Set what was at the time a career high with eight points including two made 3s on Dec. 4, 2016 against Notre Dame.
  • Notched a career-high 15 points and led the team in scoring in the final game of the 2016-17 season, a Horizon League Tournament matchup with Green Bay. She went 4-for-4 from 3-point range in that contest.

Addison Stoller

  • Pulled down a season-high four rebounds on Dec. 31 at UNI.
  • Poured in a season-high eight points on Dec. 29 at Drake, making four field goals in a single game for the first time in her collegiate career.
  • Played in her first game in over a calendar year on Dec. 2 at Liberty, scoring her first basket of the season by converting a layup despite being fouled.
  • Played in the first five games of the 2016-17 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 25 vs. Liberty.
  • Had her best performance of the year in her return to her hometown area on Nov. 19 at Illinois State, turning in nine points and seven rebounds.
  • Received the team’s Hardest Worker Award.

Marlee Profitt

  • Led the team in rebounds for the first time in her collegiate career on Dec. 29 with six, which marked a career high.
  • Reached double figures for the first time in her Valpo career on Dec. 15 against IU Northwest, racking up 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
  • Set then career highs in points (nine) and rebounds (six) on Nov. 21 at Miami (Ohio), knocking down all three of her attempts from the floor while going 3-of-4 at the line.
  • Scored the first field goal of her collegiate career in Valpo’s season opener against IU Kokomo, a memorable coast-to-coast layup. Also hauled in a career-high five rebounds in that contest.
  • Played in two games during her first season on campus before missing the bulk of the season due to an injury.
  • Rattled off 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.5 blocks in her final prep campaign with the Highland (Ohio) Hornets.

Ella Ellenson

  • Reached double figures for the first time in her collegiate career on Dec. 21 against Fort Wayne, scoring 10 points.
  • Knocked down her first career 3-pointer on Dec. 15 against IU Northwest.
  • Contributed six points and six rebounds in the first game of her collegiate career, the season opener against IU Kokomo.
  • Was a four-year starter and two-year captain at Rice Lake High School, where she was named to the WBCA All-State Game and Border Battle All-Star Game.
  • Brother Wally played basketball in the NBL of Canada in 2016-17 and made the all-rookie team.
  • Brother Ellwood is finishing up student teaching at Valley City State University, N.D., where he was the captain of the basketball team and a track athlete.
  • Brother Henry is a Detroit Pistons forward and former Marquette standout.

Taylor Richards

  • Did not play due to illness on Dec. 29 at Drake, but returned to action on Dec. 31 at UNI.
  • Made her first career basket and finished the game 3-of-3 shooting for seven points on Dec. 15 against IU Northwest.
  • Scored the first point of her collegiate career on Dec. 2 at Liberty with a made free throw.
  • Made her collegiate debut on Nov. 16 against IU Kokomo, playing eight minutes.
  • Averaged 14 points, 4.5 assists, 3 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game during her senior year at Chippewa.
  • Helped her team compile a 104-13 record during her four years of high school basketball, including a 55-1 mark in league play.
  • Helped her team win league titles in all four seasons.

Georgi Donchetz

  • Scored her first points of the season on Dec. 29 at Drake, accumulating four points against the Bulldogs.
  • Made her season debut on Dec. 21 against Fort Wayne and led the team in rebounds with four.
  • Played in the exhibition game against St. Francis (Ill.), but then suffered an injury that cost her the first 10 games of the season.
  • Had a breakout junior season in 2016-17, playing in 28 games and making eight starts for the Crusaders. Finished the season with over 50 assists after having four total assists in her first two collegiate seasons.
  • Garnered the team’s Fountain Award in both 2015-16 and 2016-17. That honor is given annually to the player who most raises the team’s energy level.
  • Shared the team’s Most Improved Player with Dani Franklin in 2016-17.
  • Had a career-high seven assists in the 2016-17 season opener on Nov. 12, 2016 at Stetson.
  • Reached double-figure scoring for the first time in her collegiate career with 10 at Notre Dame on Dec. 4, 2016, her first of four double-figure games.
  • Made the first start of her collegiate career on Dec. 19, 2016 against Bradley and scored seven points in 20 minutes.
  • Led the team in rebounding for the first time in her Valpo career with a career-high eight on Dec. 29, 2016 at Detroit Mercy. Also surpassed the 100-point mark for her career in that game.
  • After making four 3-pointers in her first 18 games of the season, knocked down five triples in a three-game span from Jan. 22 to Feb. 2.
  • Enjoyed the most productive game of her Valpo career with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting on Feb. 2, 2017 against Youngstown State. Also grabbed four rebounds and handed out four assists. Had a career-high three 3-pointers in the victory.

Hannah Schaub

  • Left early in the game against Miami (Ohio) with an injury and did not return. Has been sidelined since that contest.
  • Started in Valpo’s season opener for the third consecutive year.
  • Led the team in assists in 18 games during her sophomore season. Her 134 assists in 2016-17 ranked seventh in program history and were the most by any Crusader in the last 17 years.
  • Entered her junior season already 17th in program history in career assists with 235. Needs four assists to pass Jeanette Gray (1999-2003) for 16th on the career list and 12 to surpass her former teammate Lexi Miller (2012-2016) for 15th.
  • Finished the 2016-17 season ranked eighth in the Horizon League in assists/turnover ratio (1.5) and 11th in assists per game (3.3).
  • Scored a season-high 12 points on Jan. 31, 2017 at UIC, her only time in double figures during her sophomore season. Matched a career-high by knocking down five shots in that game.
  • Went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc on Nov. 28, 2015 against Northern Colorado, tying for the 10th best 3-point field goal percentage in a single game in program history. Also knocked down five triples against Detroit in the Horizon League quarterfinals later that season.

Nicole Johanson

  • Helped Herscher High School finish with a 25-2 record in her senior season.
  • Played for Example Sports AAU under the direction of coach Barry Bradford, the father of Valpo men’s basketball player Micah Bradford.
  • Named MVP of an Example Sports AAU alumni game against college players who had gone through the program.
  • Participated in her conference’s all-star game as a senior in high school.