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Adams' 22 Points Shoot Valpo Past Wright State
Betsy Adams knocked down six triples on her way to 22 points. (Ray Acevedo)
Betsy Adams knocked down six triples on her way to 22 points. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) tied a career-high with six three-pointers on her way to 22 points on Saturday afternoon, leading Valparaiso to a 59-52 victory over Wright State at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Adams scored 14 of her points after the intermission as the Crusaders snapped a two-game losing skid.  She made 6-of-9 from downtown on the afternoon on her way to an 8-of-12 shooting day from the floor overall while also grabbing four rebounds and three assists.

“They were keying on Betsy,” Valpo head coach Keith Freeman said.  “When we got the ball reversed she got some open shots.”

Valpo never trailed in the game, but had to hold off a late Raider run which saw Wright State cut a 13-point lead down to one before Valpo responded.

“I was proud of our kids,” Freeman said of withstanding the rally.  “We got that monkey off of their back.  We did a good job of playing with poise down the stretch.”

The Crusaders led 27-20 at intermission and saw the lead gradually grow to 45-32 with 10:56 to play before the Raiders made their spurt.  An 11-0 run over four minutes saw the lead shrink to 47-46 before Adams responded with a triple.  Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) followed with a lay-in and all of a sudden the advantage was back to six with 3:45 to play.

Adams hit another triple and Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) scored on a back-door layup to push the lead to 57-50 heading into the final minute, giving Valpo its third Horizon League victory of the season.

Valpo jumped out to a seven-point lead in the first half as well following an Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) triple at the 10:09 mark only to have the Raiders fight back and tie the score  at 17 with 5:03 to play before halftime.  The Crusaders closed the half with a 10-3 run though to take the seven-point lead into the break.

Kenney just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds while Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) also pulled down nine boards for the Crusaders.

“Watts and Kenney have a nose for the ball,” Freeman added.  “They were playing with a lot of passion going after rebounds.”

Valpo shot nearly 58% from the floor in the second half, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, finishing the game shooting 46.7% from the floor for the night. 

LaShawna Thomas led Wright State (5-12, 1-6 Horizon) with 13 points while Ta-myra Davis added a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.  Maria Bennett added 12 points for the Raiders, all on three-pointers.

Wright State managed to make just 3-of-9 from the free throw line.

Valparaiso (6-12, 3-4) heads to the road on Thursday evening as the Crusaders travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to battle the Panthers of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series with Wright State 10-5, including a 7-2 advantage at the ARC … the Raiders had won four of the last five meetings prior to Saturday … Valpo, which was +7.2 in rebounding margin in Horizon League play entering the game, outrebounded Wright State 35-28 … Valpo shot 53% from three-point range in the game.

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. 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