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Crusader Women Cruise to Season-Opening Victory
Betsy Adams had career highs with 20 points and six steals against Indiana Tech. (Ray Acevedo)
Betsy Adams had career highs with 20 points and six steals against Indiana Tech. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) tallied career highs with 20 points and six steals to lead four Crusaders in double figures as Valparaiso coasted to an 86-57 victory over Indiana Tech in the 2009-2010 season opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday night.

Freshman Skyler Gick (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central H.S.) added 16 points and three assists in her collegiate debut while Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) added 13 points and tied her career high with nine boards.

“Skyler has a very good calmness on offense,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

Valpo used a 19-2 run midway through the first half to pull away from the Warriors, taking a 31-13 advantage with 5:26 to play before halftime.  Indiana Tech fought back with a 12-5 run to cut the lead down to 10, but Valpo took a 40-28 lead into the locker room.

The Crusaders poured it on in the second half, using a 20-4 run to push the lead over 30, and never looked back on the way to their second straight season-opening victory while running their win steak in home openers to five straight seasons.

“I thought we had a segment of the second half, maybe five, six minutes, where we played really good basketball,” Freeman added.

Adams made 6-of-10 three-point attempts in 29 minutes of action, the most of any Valpo player.  Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) added 12 points for the Brown and Gold while Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala Wladyslawa Andersa H.S.) pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds while scoring seven points in just 14 minutes of action off of the bench.

Adams’s six steals nearly matched her total of eight all of last season as Valpo forced 21 Indiana Tech turnovers leading to 26 Crusader points.

“Betsy gets back and makes good choices in transition not to give up layups and got some steals today,” Freeman said.  “She’s playing better defense than she did last year.”

Valpo used its size advantage to outrebound the Warriors 44-30, grabbing 19 boards on the offensive end of the floor.

The Crusaders shot 57% from the field in the second half to finish at 45% for the game while holding Indiana Tech (0-3) to just 38% shooting on the night.

Valparaiso (1-0) will continue its season-opening three-game homestand on Wednesday evening hosting SIU Edwardsville at the ARC.  Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes: Indiana Tech leads all-time 7-3 as Valpo snapped the Warriors three-game winning streak in the series … this was the first meeting since January 5, 1988 between the two schools … Valpo is now 12-26 all-time in openers … freshman Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) earned a start in her collegiate debut, scoring two points, grabbing three rebounds, and adding two assists … freshmen Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) and Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) also made their collegiate debuts while Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) started her first game in a Crusader uniform after transferring from Eastern Michigan … Stephanie Thomas (Avon, Ind./Avon H.S.) scored a career-high four points … Valpo registered five blocked shots in the game after having no more than three in a contest all last year.

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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
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