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#17/13 Green Bay Topples Crusader Women
Maegan Callaway scored six points off of the bench. (Ray Acevedo)
Maegan Callaway scored six points off of the bench. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Two runs early in the game broke the game open on Thursday evening as #17/13 Green Bay defeated Valparaiso 75-48 in front of 2,237 fans at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay, Wis.

“Green Bay is a very good team,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “They are very physical and may be the best defensive team in the country.”

The Phoenix opened the game draining a pair of three-pointers before Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) got the Crusaders on the scoreboard with back-to-back put-back baskets.

Turnovers proved to be Valpo’s downfall though, as the Brown and Gold committed seven miscues in the game’s first five minutes.  A 14-2 Green Bay run pushed the hosts’ advantage to 20-6 eight minutes into the game.

“They make it hard to move the basketball,” Freeman added.  “They pressure every pass.”

The Crusaders held the Phoenix scoreless for nearly three minutes while Stefanie Lang (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) scored down low and Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) added a jumper in the lane.

The Phoenix then went on another 14-2 run to break the game wide open, making it 34-12 at the 7:06 mark.  Valpo cut the deficit to 37-19, only to have Green Bay score the final eight points of the half to take a 45-19 advantage into the locker room.

Green Bay made nine three-pointers in the opening stanza and the Phoenix forced 16 Crusader turnovers leading to 21 points.

Valpo played nearly even with Green Bay in the second half, cutting the deficit to 22 with under seven minutes to play.  The Phoenix never let the Crusaders get any closer tough, as they claimed their 17th consecutive victory and clinched the Horizon League regular season title.

“We gained a lot from this game though,” Freeman added.  “We played a good second half and handled the pressure better as the game wore on.  They only scored 30 points in the second half after scoring 45 in the first.  I was also pleased with the production from the kids off of the bench.”

Lang led the Crusaders with 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Gerardot added 10 points.  Valpo shot 39.5% from the floor but finished the game with 28 turnovers.

“We had two freshmen lead us in scoring,” Freeman concluded.  “We need to continue to build and develop the kids.”

Celeste Hoewisch and Lydia Bauer led Green Bay (26-1, 15-0 Horizon) with 13 points each while Juile Wojta added 10 points and 11 rebounds.  The Phoenix outrebounded Valpo 41-36 and pulled down 17 offensive boards leading to 23 second chance points.

Valparaiso (7-21, 4-12) will close out the road portion of the 2010-2011 regular season on Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders head down the road to face Milwaukee.  Tip-off against the Panthers is set for 2 p.m. at the Klotsche Center.

Game Notes: Green Bay leads the all-time series 22-4 and has won seven straight meetings … Valpo made three three-pointers and now has 194 for the season, tied for fifth most in program history … the 12 attempts from long range give the Crusaders 588 for the year, third most all-time … Stephanie Thomas (Avon, Ind./Avon H.S.) had a career high three steals.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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