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Valpo Wins Third Straight, Downs Centenary 66-47

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Playing their fourth game in eight days, Valparaiso went on the road Wednesday evening and posted a 66-47 victory over Centenary in Shreveport, La. to improve to 3-0 in the Mid-Continent Conference.

Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) recorded her second career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds while Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) added a game-high 19 points. Braun finished the game 9-of-12 shooting from the floor.

Valpo started the game quickly, scoring on four of their first five offensive possessions. The defense was equally as good, forcing the Ladies to miss their first eight shots in the game's first six and a half minutes while taking an 12-0 lead.

The Crusaders began to struggle offensively the rest of the half, but the defense kept the pressure up. Centenary went another stretch of sixth minutes plus without scoring on the way to building a 29-12 lead at the break.

Braun had nine points while Rietema grabbed nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes. The Crusaders forced ten turnovers and limited the Ladies to just 14.8% shooting as they made just 4-of-27 shot attempts.

Valpo struggled from the floor, shooting just 31.4% from the field, but picked up 12 offensive boards for ten more second chance points.

Centenary went on a small run early in the second half, outscoring Valpo 8-2 over two and a half minutes to cut the Crusader lead to 13, 33-20, with 16:46 to play as the Brown and Gold committed three turnovers in the first three minutes.

Rietema scored a putback at the 13:22 mark and as part of an 11-2 Crusader run to push the lead over 20 and earn herself her second double-double of the season. Another 12-1 run put Valpo in front by 29 as the Crusaders handed the Ladies their 23rd consecutive loss in Mid-Continent Conference play over the past three seasons.

Centenary tried to make a late charge, scoring 15 unanswered run to close within 13, 57-44, with four minutes to play but Valpo pushed the lead back toward 20 on the way to the win.

Holli Wilkins led Centenary (1-12, 0-2 Mid-Con) with 16 points, 13 in the second half while Jelena Aleksic added eight.

Valpo shot 63.2% in the second half but committed 12 turnovers which helped the Ladies creep back into the game. Centenary finished shooting just 26.4% from the floor and committed 20 turnovers.

Valparaiso (8-5, 3-0) returns to action on Monday evening to host Oral Roberts at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Tip-off is slated for 5:15 p.m. with the game to air live on WYIN-56 in Northwest Indiana and WHME-46 in South Bend, Ind. The game will also be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
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W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
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Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
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M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
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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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
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Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo