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Short-handed Crusaders Drop Season Opener to SLU
Lexi Miller was 8-for-10 from the line as part of a 15-point game versus Saint Louis on Saturday. (Samuel Rygiel)
Lexi Miller was 8-for-10 from the line as part of a 15-point game versus Saint Louis on Saturday. (Samuel Rygiel)
Valparaiso (0-1)
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Saint Louis (1-1)
11/10/2013 | St. Louis, MO (Chaifetz Arena) | Attendance: 224
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso213556
Saint Louis393978
Stats at a GlanceVALPOSLU
FG Percentage.321 (18-56) .443 (27-61)
3P FG Percentage.208 (5-24) .250 (4-16)
FT Percentage.833 (15-18) .741 (20-27)
Offensive Rebounds1315
Defensive Rebounds2226
Total Rebounds3541
Turnovers2215
Steals78
Bench Points921
Statistical LeadersVALPOSLU
PointsMILLER - 15
RICHARDSON - 15
NELSON - 19
ReboundsHORTON - 7
PRICE - 7
NELSON - 7
STIPANOVICH - 7
AssistsMILLER - 4
PRICE - 5
StealsWIEDEMANN - 4
STIPANOVICH - 3
BlocksWIEDEMANN - 3
NELSON - 1
STIPANOVICH - 1

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Valpo women's basketball team fell to the Saint Louis Billikens 78-56 in the season opener at Chaifetz Arena Sunday.

A whistle-friendly game only exacerbated the Crusaders' current depth issues. With Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights), Elizabeth Hamlet (McBain, Mich./McBain [Oakland]), Sarah Godwin (Yardley, Pa./Princeton Day School), and Aliyah Isaac (Richton Park, Ill./Marian Catholic) relegated to spectator status because of injuries, the Crusaders' short bench proved costly.

Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jeffereson [Vincennes]) scored 15 points, but drew her third foul less than seven minutes into the game. Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/[Northern Oklahoma College], who had a 23-point, 14-rebound debut in Valpo's exhibition opener, didn't factor into Sunday's tilt as she was called for her third foul with four minutes to go in the first half. She later fouled out with 11:25 to play. Karungi registered just one shot attempt and two rebounds. 

"Sharon has to find a better way to respond to her frustration and it's my job to teach her how to do that," head coach Tracey Dorow said.

SLU opened the game on a 26-4 run as the shots failed to fall for the Brown and Gold. The Crusaders turned it around after the midway point of the first half. Richardson contributed five points on back-to-back Crusader possessions to make it a 28-11 game. 

Sophomore Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) scored eight of Valpo's last ten points of the first half. She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in addition to dishing out three assists in the first 20 minutes.

The Billikens were aggressive on the boards, using ten offensive rebounds in the first half to create an 11-0 advantage in the second chance points department.

Valpo shot just 25.9% from the floor in the first half including 1-of-10 from beyond the arc as they trailed Saint Louis 39-21.

"We played with a defeated attitude the first ten minutes. We have to be focused from the very beginning. We have limitations, but so does every other team," Dorow said.

Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) turned it on the second half, scoring all nine of her points after the break. Horton was 3-of-6 from the field and converted on both free-throw attempts as well as collecting seven rebounds. Her jumper just a little more than four minutes into the second half brought Valpo to within 14. 

But freshman Erin Nelson gave the Billikens breathing room as she recorded 19 points and seven boards. The local product led all scorers as Saint Louis hung on to win 78-56.

Sophomore Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) matched a career high with 11 points. She also tallied six rebounds.

Saint Louis forced 22 Valparaiso turnovers overall.

An area of strength, the Crusaders shot 15-of-18 from the free-throw line. 

Valpo (0-1) returns to the court Tuesday evening in Champaign when the Crusaders face the Fighting Illini (0-1) at 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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
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