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Valpo Defeats Austin Peay 72-57 in WNIT Play
Skyler Gick dished out four assists in Valpo's win over Austin Peay on Friday. (Josh Yonker)
Skyler Gick dished out four assists in Valpo's win over Austin Peay on Friday. (Josh Yonker)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Led by 20 points from Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) and 16 more from Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.), Valparaiso earned its first victory of the season on Friday evening, defeating Austin Peay 72-57 in the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT held in Beaumont, Texas.

“For us to get a win against a team that went to the NCAA Tournament last year is great for our young kids,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Playing with as many freshmen and newcomers as we have, we are going to learn something from every game, win or lose.”

Adams scored 15 points in the second half as the Crusaders took control after leading 34-30 at the break.

A three-pointer by Rashida Ray (Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding H.S.) extended the lead to seven, 39-32, early in the stanza before the Lady Govs pulled back within two, 45-43 at the 13:23 mark. 

A 9-2 Valpo run, capped by back-to-back trips from Timmerman, pushed the lead to nine and the Crusaders never looked back, slowly extending its advantage the final margin of 15 points.

“Timmy’s production off of the bench gave us a boost today with her efficient play,” Freeman added.

An Adams three two minutes into the game gave Valpo a 5-2 advantage, its first lead of the 2010-2011 season.  After Austin Peay tied the game at seven, the Crusaders went on a 10-1 run, and maintained a five to nine point advantage until the final four minutes of the half.

“Betsy Adams made big plays for us today when the game could have gone either way,” said Freeman.  “She’s our leader and needs to be the one stepping up for us.”

Austin Peay scored nine straight points to tie the game at 30 before free throws by Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) and a jumper by Timmerman gave Valpo the four point halftime lead.

Adams finished the night as the game’s high scorer, making 7-of-13 from the floor.  Timmerman connected on 6-of-11 as Valpo shot 44.1% from the field in the contest. 

Gerardot led the Crusaders on the boards with eight while Timmerman pulled down seven more.  Austin Peay had a 40-36 rebounding edge though, and the Lady Govs grabbed 18 rebounds on the offensive end.

Jasmine Rayner led Austin Peay (0-3) with 12 points and eight rebounds while Dalila Thomas had 11 points and eight boards.

Valpo forced 21 turnovers from the Lady Govs, including four steals by Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.), part of 11 Crusader thefts on the night.

Valparaiso (1-1) returns to action in Beaumont on Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders face the winner of Friday night’s second contest between host Lamar and Utah Valley.  Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

Game Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series 3-0 against Austin Peay … the win was the first ever for the Crusaders in the Preseason WNIT … the win for Coach Freeman was number 399 in his career … freshman Maegan Callaway (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) scored seven points in 12 minutes of action.

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