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Adams' 16 Not Enough as Valpo Drops Horizon League Opener
Kelly Watts pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds versus UIC. (Ray Acevedo)
Kelly Watts pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds versus UIC. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) scored 16 points, had seven rebounds, and added three steals, but it was not enough as UIC earned a 60-51 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League opener for both schools at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Adams made four triples in 36 minutes, pushing her season scoring average to 13.4 points per game.

“Tonight on the floor there was one player (Adams) who showed cerebralness and mental toughness, and played the way I’d like to see everyone play the game,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.

The game started as a low-scoring affair, with an Adams triple at the 8:09 mark giving Valpo a 14-13 lead, starting an 8-0 Crusader run.  Another triple by Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) followed by a 12-foot jumper by Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala Wladyslawa Andersa H.S.) put the Brown and Gold on top 19-13, its largest lead of the game.  UIC fought back, closing within two, 25-23, by intermission.

The Flames took their first lead of the second half with 15:11 to play on a lay-in by Briana Hinkle, but Valpo responded quickly and the two schools traded leads, with the Crusaders tying the game at 46 on a Farris bucket with 6:09 to play.

UIC scored the game’s next nine points over four-and-a-half minutes, building a 55-46 advantage with just 1:33 to play.  The Crusaders would get within five in the final minute, but UIC made four straight free throws in the final 22 seconds to secure the victory.

Adams was the only Crusader in double figures in scoring with her 16 points while Farris added eight.  Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds to help Valpo to a 33-32 rebounding edge.  She had five on the offensive end of the floor herself, while the Flames tallied just six offensive boards as a team on the night.

UIC shot nearly 46% from the floor though, while Valpo connected on just 34% and committed 21 turnovers.

“We lost the game with sloppy ball-handling, floating passes, and Jasmine Bailey (seven steals), creating offensive from defense,” Freeman added.  “The got 23 points off turnovers, mostly on three-on-twos or two-on-ones.”

Jessie Miller led UIC (4-8, 1-0 Horizon) with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while Hinkle added 15 points and a team-high six boards for the Flames.

Valparaiso (3-9, 0-1) will look for its first Horizon League win on Monday night when the Crusaders host Loyola (Chicago) at the ARC.  Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. with the game televised in the Chicagoland area on Lakeshore Public Television.

Game Notes: Watts previous best rebounding total at Valpo was six twice … Valpo leads the all-time series 18-13 but UIC has won two straight … the loss snapped the Crusaders’ 11-game winning streak against UIC at the ARC … Adams leads the Crusaders in scoring now at 13.4 ppg … the lead changed hands 10 times and had eight ties.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
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.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
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)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
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
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay