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Broncos Host Valparaiso in Home Matchup Wednesday

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 12/18/2012
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GAME #11 • Wednesday, Dec. 19 • 7 p.m.
Western Michigan Broncos (3-7, 0-0 MAC)
vs. Valparaiso Crusaders (3-6, 0-0 Horizon League)

Location: Kalamazoo, Mich.
Site: University Arena (5,421)
All-Time Series: WMU leads, 6-3
WMU Home Record vs. Valpo: 3-1

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Western Michigan returns to University Arena after playing six of its last seven games on the road ... the Broncos fell at Michigan Saturday, 60-41, it was the first meeting with the Wolverines since 2004 ... WMU won its last game at home on Dec. 8, 80-38, vs. Chicago State ... the 42-point victory was Western Michigan's biggest win since the 1977-78 season.

This will be the 10th all-time meeting between Western Michigan and Valparaiso, with WMU leading the series, 6-3 ... the Crusaders came away with an 88-54 victory the last time the two met, Dec. 15, 1996, in Valparaiso ... the last time the two met in Kalamazoo the game was played at Lawson Arena, during renovations to Read Fieldhouse, Dec. 6, 1993 ... WMU won that contest 132-95, it was the most points ever scored by Western Michigan in a single game.

Western Michigan (3-7) is looking to win its second straight at home ... the Broncos are getting balanced scoring with four players averaging over eight points per game - Aurielle Anderson (9.7), Corie Buchanan (9.4), Miracle Woods (9.0) and A.J. Johnson (8.0) ... Buchanan (4.9 rpg) and Woods (4.6 rpg) are the team's top rebounders ... sophomore Marquisha Harris has been WMU's top scorer the last two games and is averaging 12.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg over the last three contests ... as a team, WMU is averaging 63.1 ppg and allowing 68.5 ppg defensively.

Valparaiso is coached by Tracey Dorow in her first season at Valpo and is off to a 3-6 start ... Dorow played collegiately at Illinois State and Northern Michigan, but received a bachelor of science degree in education from Western Michigan ('96) ... she previously coached at Ferris State for 14 seasons, leading the Bulldogs to a 232-163 overall record ... Valpo won its first two games of the season, defeating Indiana (64-52) and Purdue Calumet (76-59), before dropping six of its last seven games ... 6-1 junior forward Tabitha Gerardot is the team's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.4 ppg and 7.6 rpg ... the Crusaders are averaging 59.2 ppg and allowing 70.7 ppg.

Western Michigan
5-6 Sr. G Aurielle Anderson • 9.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 32 assists, 13 steals
5-8 Jr. G Corie Buchanan • 9.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 27 assists, 16 steals
5-11 Fr. F Miracle Woods • 9.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 48.7 FG%

6-1 Jr. F Tabitha Gerardot • 12.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 85.0% FT shooter
6-1 Sr. F Gina Lange • 8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg
5-10 So. G Shaquira Scott • 8.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 34 assists

After today's game, Western Michigan only has two more non-conference games left on its schedule, both on the road ... WMU travels to Chicago to face UIC on Dec. 28 and to Philadelphia to take on Temple Jan. 7 ... the Broncos open its 16-game Mid-American Conference slate at home, Thursday, Jan. 10, against Eastern Michigan.

Valparaiso is one of four opponents from the Horizon League ... WMU is 0-2 against the Horizon League thus far, falling to Milwaukee, 88-79, and Detroit, 97-57 ... the Broncos travel to UIC in their next game, Dec. 28.

Western Michigan made strides defensively, but had trouble getting its offense going in a 60-41 loss to Michigan at the Crisler Center, Saturday, Dec. 15 ... WMU trailed 7-5 at the first media timeout, then went on an eight-minute cold spell, allowing U-M to score 18 unanswered and open a 20-point first half lead ... WMU shot 6-for-26 (23.1%) from the floor in the first half and trailed 31-15 at the break ... the Broncos were outscored by only three in the second half, 29-26, and the team warmed up to 45.0 percent shooting.