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Stats at a GlanceVALPOWBBSTET
FG Percentage.455 (25-55) .426 (29-68)
3P FG Percentage.625 (10-16) .308 (8-26)
FT Percentage.882 (15-17) .750 (21-28)
Offensive Rebounds922
Defensive Rebounds2123
Total Rebounds3045
Bench Points1315
PointsDani Franklin - 34
ReboundsAmber Lindfors - 8
AssistsHannah Schaub - 8
StealsHaylee Thompson - 2
BlocksAmber Lindfors - 3
Franklin Turns in Program’s Best Individual Scoring Performance Since 1992 in Loss at Stetson
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Franklin Turns in Program’s Best Individual Scoring Performance Since 1992 in Loss at Stetson
Dani Franklin scored a career-high 34 points on Saturday at Stetson.

Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) had a fair share of memorable games during her first two seasons in a Valpo uniform. But the now junior reached a previously uncharted threshold in the Crusaders’ 87-75 season-opening loss at Stetson.

Franklin poured in a career-high 34 points in her first game as a full-time starter, serving as one of numerous bright spots in a loss to a quality team that has won 20 or more games in each of the last six seasons. The 34 points marked the fifth-best single-game performance in Valpo history and the best since 1992.

 How It Happened

  • Just 10 seconds into the game, Stetson grabbed the lead on a layup by JUCO transfer Brittney Chambers. That established the tone for a strong start from the Hatters, who sprinted out to a 20-8 lead in the first six minutes. ASUN Preseason Player of the Year Brianti Saunders knocked down three early triples to help the Hatters establish the 12-point edge.
  • The Crusaders bounced back with an 11-0 run to trim the lead to 20-19 at the 8:36 mark of the first quarter. Franklin scored all 11 points during the push.
  • Then the Crusaders went 4:27 without scoring and missed all nine field-goal attempts during that stretch. However, the Hatters scored just four points during the Valpo scoring drought.
  • Valpo captured its first lead of the game with 2:56 left in the second quarter when Franklin swished a 3-pointer to put the Crusaders up 27-26. At halftime, Valpo trailed 33-31.
  • The Crusaders started slow in the second half. They were plagued by a four-minute scoring drought early in the third. Overall, the Hatters outscored the Crusaders 28-19 in the third quarter.  
  • Valpo scored the first seven points of the fourth to make it a four-point game with 8:15 remaining. They whittled the lead to two at the 6:46 mark, but would get no closer.
  • Franklin and Amber Lindfors both battled late foul trouble and finished with four apiece.
  • The Hatters pulled down 22 offensive rebounds against Valpo’s 21 defensive rebounds. Overall, Stetson outrebounded the Crusaders 45-30.
  • The Crusaders made 20 turnovers leading to 28 Stetson points.

Inside the Game

  • The Crusaders rolled out two new assistant coaches, five new players and one new season on Saturday, but it was a familiar face who took center stage. Franklin finished the first half with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. She knocked down four 3-pointers before halftime.
  • Franklin bested her previous career high by nine points. She finished 12-of-19 and went 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Before Saturday, the highest scoring output of her career was 25 points, set on Dec. 30, 2014 against Purdue Calumet and matched on Feb. 11, 2016 against Oakland.
  • Franklin turned in the highest point total by any Crusader since Feb. 18, 1992, when Debbie Bolen scored 38 points at Northern Illinois.
  • Franklin becomes the third player in Valpo history to score 34 points or more in a single game, joining Bolen and Stephanie Greer, who set the program record with 39 in 1990. Bolen reached the 35-point mark in single games on three separate occasions.
  • The 12 made field goals and five made 3-pointers also marked new career watermarks for Franklin.  Her .714 single-game 3-point percentage tied for 10th in program history.
  • Franklin wasn’t the only junior to shine on Saturday, as classmate Georgi Donchetz (Savange, Minn. / Burnsville) dished out a career-high seven assists. After playing no more than nine minutes in any one game a year ago, Donchetz played 22 minutes off the bench.
  • Meredith Hamlet (McBain, Mich. / McBain) reached double figures with 12 points, while freshman Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind. / Westview) chipped in nine in her regular season Valpo debut.  This marks the third straight season a Valpo freshman has scored nine points or more on opening night, as Hamlet did so a year ago and Franklin did the same in 2014.
  • Stetson’s Brittney Chambers and Brianti Saunders scored 20 points apiece. Sarah Sagerer tied a single-game school record with eight blocked shots.

Next Up

The Crusaders (0-1) travel to Chicago State (0-1) to battle the Cougars on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT. Links to audio and live stats will be available on