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Valpo Falls 58-50 at #11 Notre Dame on Wednesday

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

After a ten-day layoff, Valparaiso returned to action Wednesday afternoon and, after starting slow, hung with the #11 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame before falling 58-50 on the road.

Valpo's offense struggled early, enabling Notre Dame to jump out to a 12-2 lead. Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) hit a three-pointer from up top to end the Fighting Irish run of ten straight points at the 11:51 mark.

Valpo got within five, 14-9, before the hosts shooting took over. Notre Dame shot 56% from the floor in the first half and built a 30-18 lead at the intermission. Valpo made just 8-of-25 (32%) and committed nine turnovers in the opening stanza.

Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) scored the final nine points of the first half for the Brown and Gold to lead the Crusaders at the break. Lindsay Schrader had nine on 4-of-5 shooting at intermission for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame scored the first five points of the second half as the lead swelled to 17. Back-to-back three-pointers by Bechtold and Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) helped cut into the lead. Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) then scored inside and was fouled to cut it to 39-29 with 14:55 to play.

Notre Dame answered with a couple of quick baskets to push the lead back to 14. The Crusaders went into an offensive lull after the run, making just one field goal in nine and a half minutes. Valpo made just five of its first 17 shots after intermission.

The lead remained between 14 and 17 throughout the second half. Braun scored inside and again was fouled with 2:45 left to cut it to 12. Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) made a late three to cut the lead inside of ten, as the Crusaders finished the game on an 8-0 run.

Rietema led the Crusaders with 11 points while Braun added ten more. Kuikhoven chipped in eight in her second straight starting assignment.

Schrader led Notre Dame (9-1) with 13 points while Courtney LaVere and Melissa D'Amico each added ten.

Notre Dame finished the game shooting 50% compared with Valpo's 36% and outrebounded the Crusaders 37-22. Notre Dame held a 38-14 advantage scoring in the paint.

Valparaiso (5-5) will open Mid-Continent Conference action on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders entertain UMKC in a rematch of last year's Mid-Con Tournament quarterfinal game. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. All the action can be heard live at 95.1-FM (WVUR, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
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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
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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.
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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
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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)
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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
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