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Valpo Closes Regular Season with Win at UIC
Raegan Moore scored a career-high 25 points for the Brown and Gold. (Ray Acevedo)
Raegan Moore scored a career-high 25 points for the Brown and Gold. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) and Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) each tallied career highs on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso closed out the 2009-2010 regular season with an 88-77 victory over UIC at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.

Kenney scored 27 points off of the bench while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds while Moore made 10-of-12 from the floor and scored 25 points off of the bench.  Valpo’s bench tallied 68 points on the day.

“I have to give all the credit to our kids,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “They battled hard all night long.  We got a great game from Lauren inside and Raegan came off of the bench and shot the ball extremely well.”

Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) got the Crusaders going, scoring eight of the team’s first 10 points to keep Valpo close.  UIC took a 19-11 lead with 12:43 to play in the opening half.

Kenney converted a three-point play to jump-start a 14-0 Crusader run.  Moore scored driving to the basket to tie the game at 19, and followed it up with another hoop to put Valpo in front.

A Kenney put-back of her own miss capped the spurt, as Valpo took a 25-19 lead at the 8:33 mark.  Moore kept the Crusaders on top, scoring nine out of 13 points to help the Brown and Gold maintain the six-point advantage, 30-24.

UIC fought back with an 8-3 run to pull within one, 33-32, before Valpo went on another run.  Another Kenney three-point play pushed the lead back to 44-36 heading into the final minute of the half.  Taylor Foulkes, who scored 11 first half points for the Flames, drained a three-pointer as time expired, but Valpo took a 44-39 into the break.

The Flames scored the first five points out of the locker room to tie the game, and a Jessie Miller three-point play gave UIC its first lead of the second half 47-46 five minutes into the half.

Moore, who scored the first seven points of the second half for Valpo made her third triple to put Valpo back on top 51-49.  Moore scored 11 of Valpo’s first 15 points of the second half.

Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) turned an offensive rebound into a three-point play at the 6:25 mark to put the Crusaders up by four and a Skyler Gick (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central H.S.) four-point play after being fouled made it 70-64 Crusaders with under six to play.

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) pushed the lead to nine, 75-66 and Kenney followed with a three-point play to extend the advantage to 12.  The Crusader defense held the Flames without a field goal for more than four minutes and Valpo made free throws down the stretch to secure the win.  Valpo made 21-of-26 (80.8%) from the charity stripe for the game.

“The key to the game was that we only turned the ball over 12 times,” Freeman added.

Valpo shot 55.6% from the floor for the game, including 7-of-11 from three-point range.  Adams added 10 points for the Crusaders.

Jessie Miller led UIC (12-17, 9-9 Horizon) with 18 points and eight rebounds while Jasmine Bailey added 17 points.  The Flames shot 43.5% from the floor and made 16-of-20 from the free throw stripe.

With the win, Valpo (9-20, 6-12) will host Milwaukee at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Monday evening in the first round of the Speedway Horizon League Tournament.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
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
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
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 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
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