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Valpo Women End Road Trip with Loss at Wright State
Betsy Adams scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half. (Ray Acevedo)
Betsy Adams scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half, but a 14-0 run by Wright State midway through the final 20 minutes broke the game open as the Raiders defeated the Crusaders 90-67 at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

The Crusader defense allowed the Raiders to connect on 13 three-pointers, including eight in the second half as Wright State shot 51.5% from the floor and 52.0% from long range in the game.

Valpo hung in the game early.  The game changed hands five times and was tied three others before Valpo took an 11-9 lead at the 13:35 mark.  Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) collected her fifth offensive rebound in the first seven minutes and hit a jumper from 12 feet in the lane.

“It’s the same old story,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We played 8-10 minutes to start the game at high intensity and got the shots we wanted.  The game resembled what it should.”

Wright State answered with a 12-0 run as a trio of players did all of the damage.  LaShawna Thomas, who had 14 first half points, Molly Fox, and Maria Bennett accounted for the first 26 Raider points.

“We just have a hard time with shot selection and that led to transition buckets,” Freeman added.

The hosts made nine of their first 15 shots from the floor, including 6-of-8 inside the arc while Valpo made just six of its first 23 attempts from the field.

Trailing 28-15 with 6:15 to play, the Crusaders fought back.  Gerardot, who finished the first half with 11 points and seven boards, scored down low with 15 seconds to play before intermission, pulling Valpo within 36-29.  However, Bennett’s third triple of the stanza as time expired gave Wright State a 10-point halftime advantage.

Adams tried single handedly to keep Valpo in the game offensively in the second half.  She hit a pair of triples and added a conventional three-point play to pull the Crusaders within seven, 45-38 at the 17:12 mark.

Fox answered inside for the Raiders, scoring eight of Wright State’s first 10 second half points.  With Valpo within seven, the hosts went on a 28-10 run, including a 14-0 spurt over three minutes to take a 73-48 lead and put the game out of reach.

Adams continued to provide Valpo’s offense, scoring 19 of its first 21 points in the stanza before coming out of the game.

“In the second half we did a pretty good job offensively to start,” Freeman said.  “Betsy scored quite a few points in a four minute span but we didn’t do anything defensively to take away their stuff.”

Gerardot finished the game with 13 points and nine rebounds, one shy of her sixth double-double of the season.  Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) added 11 points and six boards.

Bennett led Wright State (9-6, 2-1 Horizon) with 26 points, making 8-of-12 threes while Thomas added 22 points.  Fox had 18 points and seven boards, making 8-of-11 shots from the floor.

“We didn’t do a good job guarding Bennett,” Freeman added.  “Thomas hurt us on penetration and Fox hurt us inside.  We didn’t take anything away from them.”

Valparaiso (3-12, 0-3) returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the first time since Dec. 20 on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Youngstown State.  Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. against the Penguins.

“On the defensive end we have to toughen up our effort,” Freeman concluded.  “Offensively we need to be geared toward the kids that shoot 40 percent.  They need to take most of our shots, not the kids that shoot 25 percent.”

Game Notes: Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) made her first start at Valpo against  the Raiders … this was the first time the Crusaders had changed their starting lineup since opening  night … Valpo committed 13 turnovers in the game while Wright State had just 10 … Stephanie Thomas (Avon, Ind./Avon H.S.) tied a career high with four points and had a career best five rebounds … Valpo went 10-of-11 from the free throw line … the Crusaders had 18 offensive boards, including six by Gerardot, but just 12 second chance points … Valpo leads the all-time series 10-7 but Wright State has won two straight meetings.

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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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