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Crusaders Strike Gold Against Detroit, Claim 85-44 Victory
Play Video Abby Dean set career highs in points (20) and steals (6) Thursday night versus Detroit. (Ruoxi Wang)
Abby Dean set career highs in points (20) and steals (6) Thursday night versus Detroit. (Ruoxi Wang)
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1/23/2014 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 308
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Detroit Titans133144
Valparaiso483785
Stats at a GlanceUDMVALPO
FG Percentage.321 (17-53) .517 (31-60)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .417 (10-24)
FT Percentage.417 (5-12) .722 (13-18)
Offensive Rebounds109
Defensive Rebounds2331
Total Rebounds3340
Turnovers2517
Steals718
Bench Points1315
Statistical LeadersUDMVALPO
PointsSHEARER - 10
DEAN - 20
ReboundsGALLOWAY - 7
HORTON - 8
AssistsFREDERICK-CHILDRESS - 3
CARR - 4
RICHARDSON - 4
StealsMONTGOMERY - 2
FREDERICK-CHILDRESS - 2
CARR - 7
BlocksGALLOWAY - 1
RISTOVSKI - 1
WIEDEMANN - 2

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Crusaders clicked on all cylinders Thursday night versus Detroit and were handsomely rewarded to the tune of an 85-44 win at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve), and Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) all finished in double figures, while Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) recorded seven steals, the most by a Valpo player since 2003.

"No one came out and tried to do too much. Our defense did a tremendous job stopping their best player. I'm really proud of the way we communicated and that's not something we've been able to sustain for 40 minutes consistently," head coach Tracey Dorow said.

The two teams went back-and-forth for the first five minutes of the contest. Richardson had already tossed in six of her 16 points by the time Detroit's Reyna Montgomery made a layup to cut the Crusader lead to 13-11.

From that point, Valparaiso embarked on an astonishing 35-2 run to close the first half. Just as the Brown and Gold suffered a field goal drought in the second half of their game Tuesday at UIC, the Titans failed to make a shot during the final 14:20 of the first stanza. Aggressive defense by Carr, Dean, and Richardson forced 14 Detroit first half turnovers. As a team, Valpo registered 12 steals by halftime, two more than their season-best ten accrued in 40 minutes against Chicago State on December 6th.

Dean was 6-of-8 from the field, 2-for-3 from downtown as her 18 first-half points helped the Crusaders to a 48-13 lead at the break.

The Titans never drew closer than 32 points in a second half that saw the Brown and Gold spread 37 points amongst eight players. Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) knocked down all four of her free-throw attempts while Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/[Northern Oklahoma College]) scored nine points and grabbed seven boards off the bench.

Dean tallied 20 points and six steals, both career highs. Horton added 14, while Wiedemann scored 12 points for the second time in three games.

Overall, the Crusader defense forced 25 turnovers, a season watermark. Carr's seven steals were the most by a Valpo player since Katie Boone accomplished the same feat on February 1st, 2003 against UMKC. The junior also notched eight points and four assists on the night.

Detroit's Senee Shearer entered Thursday's game as the Horizon League's leading scorer at 21.1 points per game. The senior was limited to 10 points after fouling out with 4:29 to play.

The 41-point triumph represented the largest margin of victory for Valparaiso (3-15, 1-4 Horizon) since February 13th, 2010 when they trumped Youngstown State 80-28 at home. 

"I'm so proud of these kids and the way they bounced back from the heartbreaking loss against UIC Tuesday night. When you've invested as much as these girls have, it hurts. We played the best 40-minute team effort I've seen since I arrived here," Dorow said.

Valpo sported its road gold jerseys at home for the first time all season. The Crusaders host Cleveland State (8-10, 3-2 Horizon) Monday night at 7:05 pm at the ARC.

Despite denying superstition, Dorow entertained the thought of a repeat wardrobe switch.

"Cleveland State is green, so we might," Dorow laughed.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay