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Valpo Posts Record-Setting Win against Youngstown State
Laura Richards had career highs with 11 points and five steals. (Ray Acevedo)
Laura Richards had career highs with 11 points and five steals. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Allowing the fewest points in school history, Valparaiso cruised to an 80-28 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, posting the largest margin of victory for a Crusader team in 32 years.

The Crusaders limited the Penguins to just 8.3% (2-of-24) shooting in the second half and just 16.7% (9-of-54) for the game while holding the visitors without a three-point field goal for the contest.

Valpo’s previous school record for points allowed in a game was 31, set against UMKC on December 30, 2005.  The 52-point margin of victory is second in school history, only behind a 54-point win, 88-34, at Grace on February 1, 1978.

Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) led the Crusaders with 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor while playing just 18 minutes.  She also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.  Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) added a career-high 11 points, making 5-of-6 from the floor, and registered a collegiate-best five steals as well.

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) added nine points while Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) tallied a career-best eight points.  Lange also pulled down seven boards.

The Crusaders jumped on top quickly, outscoring the Penguins 20-4 over the game’s first 7:23.  Valpo continued to play strong the rest of the half, taking a 40-16 lead into the locker room.

“We are a team that needs to play with passion and everything came together today,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

After Youngstown State (0-24, 0-13) scored four of the first six points of the second half, Valpo surged with a 22-0 run over six minutes to take a 64-20 lead and never looked back.

“I was pleased because at halftime we had a big lead,” Freeman added.  “We came out the second half and said we wanted to allow less than 32 points for the game.  On the defensive side we did a good job today.  We got a lot off of our press.”

Valpo shot 60% (15-of-25) from the floor over the final 20 minutes on the way to season-high 53.3% for the game.  The Crusaders outrebounded Youngstown State 46-32 and finished with 18 assists to just 11 turnovers.  The Penguins committed 17 turnovers.

Brandi Brown led Youngstown State with 12 points and six rebounds, making 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

Valparaiso (7-16, 4-8) will return to the court on Thursday evening as the Crusaders head to Dayton, Ohio to face Wright State.  Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CST.

Game Notes: Valpo has won four of the last five against Youngstown State … the Penguins hold a 14-13 all-time advantage but Valpo is 9-4 against YSU at the ARC … Lange entered the game with six career rebounds before grabbing seven on the afternoon … Stephanie Thomas (Avon, Ind./Avon H.S.) pulled down a career-best five boards … Kelly Peller (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) tied a career-high with four assists … Valpo outscored the Penguins 14-2 on fast break points, 38-12 in the paint, and 27-9 off turnovers.