UNI (15-12, 11-5 MVC)
at Valparaiso (12-15, 5-11 MVC)
Game No. 28 – Thursday, March 1 – 7 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Crusader Basketball: The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will open the final weekend of the regular season by hosting UNI on Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders will welcome a pair of Iowa teams to Northwest Indiana this week to round out the home slate. After a road win at Evansville on Sunday, Valpo will look to make it back-to-back wins in conference play for the first time this season.
Last Time Out: The Crusaders secured the sweep of in-state foe Evansville on Sunday afternoon, holding on for a 67-54 win after dominating the third quarter 27-9. Senior Dani Franklin poured in 24 points, while freshman Ella Ellenson chipped in a career-high nine rebounds off the bench. The Crusaders owned a 20-2 edge in points in the paint at one point in the game, and they thrived at the free-throw stripe, going 18-of-20.
Following the Crusaders: Thursday’s game will air on The Valley on ESPN3 with Brian Jennings (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (color commentary) on the call. Danny Dalenberg (play-by-play) and Renee’ Turpa (color commentary) will provide the radio description on WVUR 95.1 FM. Live stats will also be available.
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: The first time these two teams met, the Crusaders trailed by as few as six in the fourth quarter, but eventually fell 77-56 in Cedar Falls 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. In that game, the Crusaders and Panthers faced off for the first time as Missouri Valley Conference foes. UNI owns a 3-2 edge in the all-time set. This will mark the first time the Panthers come to Porter County since Nov. 18, 2005, a 62-48 win for the Crusaders.
Tournament Talk: UNI enters this game with a chance to clinch the No. 3 seed for the MVC Tournament, Hoops in the Heartland, which will take place in Moline, Ill. beginning next Thursday, March 8. With a win this weekend over either Valpo or Loyola, UNI will nail down a date with the No. 6 seed on Friday, March 9 at 8:30 p.m. To overtake UNI for third, Southern Illinois needs to win both this weekend, have UNI lose both and win the MVC Strength of Victory Tiebreaker, outlined below. The Crusaders have hope of jumping to the No. 7 seed and earning a first-round date with No. 10 Evansville next week, but they need to win both this weekend and get help. If Valpo falls on Thursday, it will be locked into playing in the opening game of Hoops in the Heartland on Thursday, March 8 at 4 p.m. as either the No. 8 or No. 9 seed.
Tiebreaker Procedures: In the event of a tie in the conference standings, head-to-head will serve as the first tiebreaker. If there is still a tie, power rating using MVC games will be implemented, using the point system outlined below.
Road Win Home Win
1st place team 20 pts. 19 pts.
2nd 18 17
3rd 16 15
4th 14 13
5th 12 11
6th 10 9
7th 8 7
8th 6 5
9th 4 3
10th 2 1
Crusaders Can Score: Valpo has taken a significant offensive leap this season as compared to recent years. With two games to go in the regular season, the Crusaders are averaging 67.0 points per game, over five points per game better than a year ago. If Valpo can keep its scoring average above 66.8, this will mark the team’s highest scoring average since the 1999-2000 campaign, when Valpo finished at 68.7. Here’s a year-by-year look at how this year’s scoring average compares to recent seasons.
Rewriting the Record Book: As Dani Franklin gets set to play in her final home game in a Valpo uniform this weekend, it’s fitting to recognize how many places her name will appear in the Crusader program record book when her prolific four-year career is said and done. Franklin will finish in the Top 10 in program history in at least 11 different categories – games played, total points, points per game, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted, rebounds, free-throw percentage and 3-point percentage. She has a strong chance to reach the Top 10 in two others – free throws attempted and rebounds per game. Here’s a look at where Franklin ranks in program history in various statistical categories entering Thursday.
Category Value Rank Next Player to Pass (Value)
Games Played 117 T-7th Launa Honchstetler (118)
Points 1,665 2nd Debbie Bolen (2,008)
Field Goals Made 617 2nd Debbie Bolen (718)
FG Attempted 1,430 2nd Debbie Bolen (1,430)
FT Made 252 6th Paige Freeman (272)
3-Point FG Made 179 4th Carrie Myers (215)
3-Point FG Attempted 486 4th Carrie Myers (538)
Rebounds 689 6th Amber Schober (703)
Rebounds Per Game 5.9 T-8th ---
FT Percentage .872 1st Current record – Launa Hochstetler, .838
3-Point FG% .368 6th Katie Boone (.373)
It doesn’t end there for Franklin, who also has a chance to finish in the Top 10 in several single-season categories for the 2017-18 campaign.
Category Value Rank Next Player to Pass (Value)
Points 429 NR Agnieszka Kulaga, 2007-08 (437, 10th)
Points Per Game 15.9 8th Deb Lahti, 1982-83 (16.4)
Field Goals Made 155 NR Lahti/Nieuwveen (161, T-10th)
FG Attempted 413 6th Lyn Swanson (432)
FT% .875 2nd Agnieszka Kulaga, 2008-09 (.886)
More Milestones: Franklin is 11 rebounds away from becoming the first player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points and 700 career rebounds. In addition, Franklin needs four more assists to have 100 or more points, rebounds, assists and steals – a career “quadruple triple.”
Hamlet Enters Top 20: Junior Meredith Hamlet has made her way onto the program’s all-time scoring list. She currently ranks 19th in program history with 925 career points. Aimee Litka (2005-09) is 18th at 944. In addition, Hamlet has made 148 career 3-pointers, and moved ahead of Betsy Adams (2008-2012) for eighth in program history last week at Indiana State. Jamie Gutowski (Stangel) is seventh at 151. Gutowski (Stangel), the color commentator for Thursday’s game on ESPN3, started the season in sixth but will likely finish the season in eighth after being passed by both Franklin and Hamlet.
Franklin Finds Rebounding Rhythm: Dani Franklin has five double-figure rebounding games this season, with four of them coming in the last eight games. She has had seven rebounds or more in each of the last eight contests and is averaging 10.3 rebounds per game during that stretch. In the first 19 games of the season, Franklin averaged 5.5 rebounds per game. She has led the team in rebounding in six of the last eight outings.
Hamlet Heats Up: Junior guard Meredith Hamlet has led the team in scoring seven times in the last 10 games and she’s reached double figures in eight of those 10 contests. Hamlet is averaging a team-best 15.3 points per game in the last 10 games. In the first 17 games of the year, Hamlet’s scoring average was 10.7.
Reaching New Heights
- With Sunday’s win over Evansville, the Crusaders have secured the program’s highest win total since 2008-09, when they finished at 16-14.
- A win this weekend would allow the Crusaders to achieve their highest conference win total since 2009-10.
- Valpo swept Loyola and Evansville this season, marking the first time they’ve swept a conference foe since Butler in 2011-2012.
- Valpo has its most road wins in a single season since the 2011-2012 campaign.
We Are Young: Although Valpo’s top two scorers are senior Dani Franklin and junior Meredith Hamlet, this is still largely a youthful Crusader squad. Eight of Valpo’s top 10 scorers are freshmen or sophomores and nine of the team’s top 10 scorers are expected to be back next season. Nicole Konieczny, who ranks 16th nationally in free-throw percentage among true freshmen at 78.8, and Bryce Blood are fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively. Freshmen contributing right away has been a theme for the Crusaders, who have two freshmen in their top five in scoring for the fourth straight season.
Eye on the Future: A team that is returning nine of its top 10 scorers will also add two talented freshmen to the mix next year. Ilysse Pitts drained three 3s in the second half on Monday night, helping Montini to a 43-35 win over Bolingbrook in the IHSA Class 4A Lewis Supersectional. Valpo head coach Tracey Dorow was in attendance. Pitts is expected to be a force on the defensive end when she joins the Crusaders. Shay Frederick, a three-star recruit according to ESPN, will begin her state tournament in Wisconsin on Thursday as Hortonville takes on Marshfield. Frederick shattered the Hortonville career scoring record among both boys and girls earlier this season.
Maya Makes Progress: In addition to accounting for two of the most noteworthy achievements by any Crusader this season – making SportsCenter’s Top 10 with a buzzer-beater to tie a game against Southern Illinois on Feb. 16 and shattering a program record with 16 assists against IU Northwest on Dec. 15, Maya Meredith has made many other key contributions for the Crusaders this season. Her statistical progress from her freshman year to sophomore year is impressive.
Points PG 1.5 4.7
Minutes PG 9.1 16.4
FG% .194 .355
3-Point FG% .150 .275
Assists 41 63
Stalwart Defense: Caitlin Morrison has been Valpo’s statistical leader on the defensive end. She is eighth in The Valley with 1.3 steals per game and fourth in blocked shots per game at 1.3. Morrison is one of only two players in The Valley who ranks in the Top 10 in both steals and blocked shots.
Single-Season Record Book Watch, 2018 Edition: In addition to Dani Franklin’s aforementioned milestones, there are several other individual and team categories that could gain a new member in the program record book this season.
- Hales holds a 3-point percent of .417, a mark that would rank seventh in single-season program history if the season ended today. She currently ranks second in the MVC.
- As a team, the Crusaders hold a free-throw percentage of .764. This year’s team is in position to finish second in program history for free-throw percentage behind 2013-2014 at .776. Currently second is 2007-2008 at .753.
- Valpo has cracked the program’s Top 10 for blocked shots in a season. The Crusaders have blocked 89 shots, which is now 10th in program history. The 2004-2005 team is ninth with 95.
Champions in Classroom: On Feb. 21, Dani Franklin became the second Crusader to win the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award this season, joining Meredith Hamlet (Dec. 20). The following majors are represented on Valpo’s roster: engineering, healthcare leadership, public relations, education, business marketing, exercise physiology, biomechanical engineering, biology, pre-law, physician assistant program and finance. The Crusaders feature 11 players with GPAs better than 3.0.
The Crusaders have made coming from behind quite the trend this season.
- 21 at Southern Illinois: trailed by 18 in the second half and pulled within two
- 28 vs. Indiana State: trailed by as many as 24 and lost by only 13 after finishing the game on an 11-0 run
- 2 at Bradley: trailed by 23 and cut the deficit to six before falling by 11
- 11 at Loyola: trailed by 12 in the second half, came back to win by 10
- 16 vs. Southern Illinois: trailed by 12 in the second quarter and eventually came back to send it to overtime
Inside the Panthers
- Won back-to-back games last weekend, most recently recording a 63-50 win over Bradley on Sunday. Mikaela Morgan (16), Megan Maahs (14) and Kennedy Kirkpatrick (14) all turned in double figures against the Braves.
- Kirkpatrick is leading the Panthers in scoring at 10.8 points per game, while Maahs and Ellie Howell are both averaging 10.1 points per contest.
- Under the direction of head coach Tanya Warren, who is in her 11th season and is the program’s all-time wins leader.
- Went 24-9 last year and earned the first at-large NCAA berth in program history.
- Have made the postseason in seven of the last eight seasons.
- Picked to finish third in The Valley preseason poll.
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.
- Led Valpo in scoring for the seventh time in the last nine games with 13 points on Feb. 23 at Indiana State.
- After being held scoreless for the first three quarters, became the first Valpo player to score 19 points in a single quarter in the fourth on Feb. 11 at Loyola, lifting the Crusaders to a come-from-behind victory.
- Led Valpo in scoring for the third time in four games on Feb. 4 at Illinois State, turning in 17 points off the bench.
- Was the lone Crusader in double figures on Feb. 2 at Bradley, finishing with 13 points.
- Made her way into double figures for the fourth consecutive game with a team-high 18 on Jan. 26 against Evansville.
- In double figures for the third straight game with a team-high 19 points on Jan. 21 vs. Southern Illinois. That marked the first time Hamlet led the team in scoring since Dec. 15 and the fifth time this season she’s done so.
- Reached double figures for the first time since Dec. 15 on Jan. 7 against Bradley by scoring 16 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Had four straight double-figure performances from Dec. 3-15, then five straight games out of double figures from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5.
- 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.
- Was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 22.
- Had her fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds on Feb. 18 vs. Missouri State.
- Posted a season-high 31 points in a double overtime loss to Southern Illinois on Feb. 16. Matched her career high with 12 made field goals in that game. It marked the third time in her career Franklin has scored more than 30 points in a contest.
- Has scored in double figures 17 times and led the team in scoring on 11 occasions this season.
- Had her third double-double of the year and second in a three-game stretch on Feb. 4 at Illinois State, pulling down 13 rebounds to go along with 15 points.
- Had her second double-double of the season and the 11th of her career on Jan. 28 with 16 points and 16 rebounds vs. Indiana State. The 16 boards marked a season high and equaled her career best that was reached on two prior occasions.
- Usurped Sarrah Stricklett (1,498) for second in program history in career scoring with her 14 points on Jan. 12 vs. Loyola. She also became the second player in program history to reach 1,500 career points, joining the legendary Debbie Bolen (2,008) as the only players in program history to reach 1,500 points.
- 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.
- 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.
- Equaled a career high with four steals on Feb. 2 at Bradley.
- Had a career-high four steals and knocked down a career-best five field goals while scoring a season-high 10 points on Jan. 26 vs. Evansville.
- Had her fifth multiple-block game of the season on Jan. 7, swatting a pair of shots in the game against Bradley.
- Did not play on Dec. 29 at Drake or Dec. 31 at UNI due to an injury. Returned to the court and to the starting lineup on Jan. 5 vs. Illinois State.
- 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.
- Had a stretch of three straight games in double figures that ended with her fifth career double-figure output on Jan. 19 at Missouri State.
- Had her fourth career double-figure scoring output on Jan. 12 vs. Loyola, scoring 12 points as one of five Crusaders in double figures against the Ramblers. That was her second straight game in double figures, the first time in her young collegiate career she’s had double figures in back-to-back contests. Also pulled down a career-high five rebounds against the Ramblers.
- Set new career highs in points (18), made field goals (6) and made 3-pointers (3) on Jan. 7 vs. Bradley.
- Reached double figures for the second time in her Crusader career on Dec. 21 against Fort Wayne, scoring 12 points.
- Ranks second in The Valley in assists at 4.2 per game, behind only Evansville’s Kerri Gasper (4.4).
- 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.
- Had her second double-double of the season on Jan. 12 vs. Loyola with 12 points and 10 boards. That marked the team’s third double-double of the year. It was her fourth career double-figure scoring output, first since Dec. 15 (vs. IU Northwest) and second against a Division-I opponent.
- 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).
- Pulled down a career-high nine rebounds and finished one board shy of a double-double on Feb. 11 at Loyola.
- Enjoyed her fourth straight double-figure game with 10 points on Jan. 26 vs. Evansville.
- Matched a career-high by burying four triples on Jan. 21 at Southern Illinois, finishing the game with 16 points.
- Had a banner-day on Jan. 12 vs. Loyola, leading the team in scoring for the second time this season with a career-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Reached double figures for the sixth time this year and the first since Dec. 18 at Eastern Illinois after five straight games out of double figures.
- 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.
- Hit a buzzer-beater from nearly half court to send the Feb. 16 game against Southern Illinois to overtime. That shot was No. 9 on the next morning’s SportsCenter Top 10.
- Had a career night in that Feb. 16 game against the Salukis, scoring a career-high 14 points while also setting career watermarks for field goals made (5) and steals (3).
- Had nine points on Feb. 2 at Bradley before fouling out for the first time in her career.
- Matched a career high with two blocks on Jan. 26 vs. Evansville.
- 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.
- Scored a season-high four points on Jan. 28 vs. Indiana State.
- 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.
- Made her first career start on Feb. 4 at Illinois State.
- Had a strong second quarter on Jan. 19 at Missouri State, scoring six points off the bench in that quarter alone on 2-of-2 shooting and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line.
- Did not play on Jan. 5 vs. Illinois State, Jan. 7 vs. Bradley due to illness or Jan. 12 vs. Loyola due to illness.
- 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.
- Made her first career start on Feb. 4 at Illinois State.
- Scored 10 points, her highest career total against a Division-I team, while also gobbling up eight rebounds on Jan. 26 vs. Evansville.
- Shattered her previous rebounding career high before halftime and had nine boards (eight in the first half) to lead the team on Jan. 21 at Southern Illinois.
- Had three made field goals on Jan. 7 vs. Bradley, equaling her most against a Division-I team this season.
- 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.
- Had a career-high nine rebounds to lead the team in that area on Feb. 25 at Evansville.
- Matched a career high with seven rebounds on Feb. 23 at Indiana State.
- Had 10 points in just 11 minutes off the bench on Feb. 18 vs. Missouri State.
- Scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting on Jan. 26 vs. Evansville.
- Squeezed a career-high seven rebounds on Jan. 7 vs. Bradley, leading the team for the first time in her collegiate career. Played 18 minutes in that game, eclipsing her previous season high of 13.
- 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.
- Had the first multiple-rebound game of her career on Jan. 28 vs. Indiana State.
- 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.
- Had season highs in points (8) and rebounds (5) on Jan. 26 vs. Evansville. Made the basket that put Valpo over the 100-point mark against a Division I team for the first time since 1997.
- Made two field goals on Jan. 7 vs. Bradley, a season high as she was playing in just her fifth game of the year after missing the first 10 games with a knee injury.
- Made her first start of the season on Dec. 31 at UNI.
- 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.
- Will miss the remainder of the season with an injury.
- 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.
- Has not seen game action this season.
- 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.