Dani Franklin

#32 Dani Franklin

Pos. F
Ht. 6-1
Yr. Jr.
Hometown Cedar Rapids, Iowa
High School (Prev. School) George Washington

2016-17 All-Horizon League Second Team
2014-15 Horizon League Freshman of the Year 
2014-15 Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year 

2016-17: Started all 31 games during her junior season... Led the team in scoring (18.0 ppg) rebounding (7.8 rpg), 3-point percentage (.430), free-throw percentage (.858) and steals (35)... Finished the season with 559 total points, the second most in a single season in program history... Crossed the 1,000 point plateau as only a junior on Jan. 5 and enters her senior season with 1,236 career points, which already ranks sixth in program history... Her free-throw percentage was the second-best single-season free-throw percentage in program history...  Finished the season second in the Horizon League in scoring, eighth in rebounding, second in free-throw percentage, second in 3-point field goal percentage (.430) and fourth in made 3s per game (2.1)... Started the year with a 34-point performance on Nov. 12 at Stetson. It was the fifth-highest single-game scoring output in program history and the highest since 1992... Scored 33 points on Dec. 3 vs. Eastern Illinois, matching a career-best with 12 made field goals... Joined Debbie Bolen and Tabitha Gerardot as the only players in program history who have scored 33 points or more in a single game on multiple occasions... 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... 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... Got to the free-throw line more this season than she did in her first two collegiate years combined... Made 199 field goals for the season, tying for third in program history... Now owns two of the Top 5 single-season 3-point field goal percentage marks in program history... Enters her senior season with a career scoring average of 13.4 points per game, second in program history while also ranking eighth in field goals made (462), 10th in 3-point field goals made (137), 17th in rebounds (502) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (.394)... Finished in double figures in scoring in 28 of the team's 31 games... Led the team in scoring 23 times... Became the first Valpo player to make the all-league team since Tabitha Gerardot in 2012-13... Named the team's Most Valuable Player and shared the team's Most Improved Award... Team Captain. 

2015-16: Played in all 31 games in her sophomore campaign with the Brown and Gold...averaged 10.1 ppg on 44.3 percent field-goal shooting...knocked down 36 of her 39 free-throw attempts...a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick...raised her shooting percentage after going 7-for-9 from the floor against IU-Northwest (Dec. 12) to finish with 15 points and six rebounds...sparked the Crusader offense off the bench yet again vs. SIU-Edwardsville (Dec. 19), scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in a 69-56 win...sLed Valpo in scoring off the bench in the season finale versus Northern Kentucky (March 11), knocking down four of her ten FG attempts to finish with 11 points... Named the team's Sixth Player of the Year for the second straight season.

2014-15: Appeared in 28 games in her rookie campaign with the Crusaders, making three starts...poured in 14 points and hauled in six rebounds in her debut for the Brown and Gold as Valpo defeated Butler 91-57 on Nov. 14...named Horizon League Freshman of the Week on Nov. 24...provided a big spark off the bench at Akron (Nov. 25) with a season-high 16 points and eight rebounds...Had a strong performance versus the Fighting Illini (Dec. 13), when she scored 18 points and collected six boards...was named Horizon League Freshman of the Week on Dec. 15...rejected two shots and was perfect from the line (4-4) in her 10-point day at SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 20...erupted for 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting - 3-for-6 beyond the arc - and secured seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of action in Valpo’s 109-81 win over Purdue-Calumet (Dec. 30)...Had her best game of the 2015 calendar year versus Wright State (Jan. 17) as she paced Valpo with 17 points and eight rebounds...enjoyed her greatest shooting night yet as a Crusader at Milwaukee (Jan. 21) where she went 8-for-10 from the floor, 4-for-5 from behind the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe in a 22-point, six-board, two-steal outing...led the Crusaders in scoring for the eighth time this season at UIC (Jan. 28) as she tallied 15 on 7-of-14 shooting...rallied the Brown and Gold to a 74-68 win at Detroit (Feb. 5) behind 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting...provided Valpo with another 20-point performance at Wright State (Feb. 7)...was named Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the third time this season on Feb. 9... Named the team's Sixth Player of the Year, Most Improved Player and co-Rookie of the Year in addition to winning the league's Sixth Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Awards.

Prep: A three-year letter winner for coach Frank Howell and the Warriors...earned First Team All-Mississippi Valley, First Team All-Metro, and Second Team All-State honors in her sophomore season...was again named First Team All-Conference and All-Metro, but also garnered First Team All-State in addition Mississippi Valley Player of the Year accolades...nominated to the 2013-14 McDonald's All-American Team...also a four-year letter winner with volleyball...named to Honor roll all four years and was a member of the Adastra Honors Society.

An exceptional all-around athlete, Franklin was a four-year letter winner on the volleyball court where she was a four-time First Team All-Conference and All-Metro selection.

Personal: Dani is the daughter of Debora Franklin...majoring in education...born on Sept. 12, 1995.