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Detroit Defeats Crusader Women Saturday Afternoon
Ashley Varner pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Valparaiso could not recover from a 15-point halftime deficit on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 67-49 Horizon League decision to Detroit at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.

Valpo shot just 32.3% in the second half, finished the game just 4-of-18 from three-point range, and combined that with 18 turnovers on the afternoon which led to 30 Titan points.

“We were hurt by penetration and the inability to shoot the three,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

Back-to-back baskets by Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago H.S.) pulled Valpo into a tie at 10 nine minutes into the contest as the Crusader defense limited the Titans to just 3-of-15 shooting early.

Detroit answered with back-to-back three-pointers by Sierra Spaude and Brigid Mulroy fueled a 17-2 Titan run which saw the hosts build a 32-16 lead with 5:17 to play before halftime.

The Crusaders struggled offensively during the stretch, missing three shots and committing four turnovers.

A triple by Skyler Gick (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central H.S.) followed by a 12-foot jumper by Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) cut the Valpo deficit to 10, 34-24, but Spaude answered with another three, one of six treys by the Titans in the first half.

Detroit ended the half on a 7-2 run to take a 41-26 lead into the locker room.

Valpo committed 12 first half turnovers leading to 24 Titan points during the first stanza and were 3-of-8 from the free throw line to offset 50% shooting from the floor.  The Crusaders were also just 1-of-7 from three-point range at the break.

“We had too many turnovers early and they scored 24 points off of them,” Freeman added.  “That is a recipe for disaster.”

Detroit made 6-of-10 from long range in the opening 20 minutes while shooting 45.5% overall.

The Crusaders tried to make a run in the second half, scoring seven of the first nine points of the stanza to cut the  deficit to 43-33 after back-to-back baskets by Kelly Peller (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.), including a triple.

The Titans started making shots again though, connecting on six of their first 10 over nine minutes to push the lead back up to 17, 57-40, with 10:43 to play.  The lead eventually grew to 20, and the Crusaders could never get it below 15 the rest of the way.

Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) led the Crusaders with 12 points while Farris tallied 10 points and six rebounds.  Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) pulled down a team-high seven boards for Valpo.

Jalesa Jones led Detroit (14-12, 12-3 Horizon) with 16 points and eight assists while Spaude added 14.  Yar Shayok pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for the Titans.

Valparaiso (7-18, 4-10) will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening to begin its final homestand of the regular season.  The Crusaders will host Green Bay beginning at 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes: Peller scored a season-high seven points for the Crusaders … Detroit leads the all-time series 6-4 and has won three straight against Valpo.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo