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Golden Eagles Snag Win from Crusaders
Lexi Miller scored a career-high 18 points Sunday versus Tennessee Tech.
Lexi Miller scored a career-high 18 points Sunday versus Tennessee Tech.
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Tennessee Tech (2-2)
11/24/2013 | Cookeville,Tenn. (Eblen Center) | Attendance: 981
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Valparaiso384078
Tennessee Tech335184
Stats at a GlanceVALPOTTU
FG Percentage.439 (25-57) .444 (28-63)
3P FG Percentage.391 (9-23) .526 (10-19)
FT Percentage.826 (19-23) .783 (18-23)
Offensive Rebounds513
Defensive Rebounds2530
Total Rebounds3043
Turnovers1214
Steals45
Bench Points216
Statistical LeadersVALPOTTU
PointsMILLER - 18
HENDERSON - 31
ReboundsKARUNGI - 10
WILLIAMS - 15
AssistsRICHARDSON - 7
HENDERSON - 6
StealsRICHARDSON - 2
HENDERSON - 2
GOOLSBY - 2
BlocksHEADY - 2

Sunday, November 24, 2013

All five Valpo starters scored double-digit points, but Tennessee Tech ended Sunday's tilt on a 10-0 run to squeak out an 84-78 victory at Eblen Center in Cookeville.

Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia), Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), and Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) all chipped in career-highs in points. Meanwhile, Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/[Northern Oklahoma College]) recorded her second double-double in the last four games, but her pair of free throws with 2:08 to go were the last points the Crusaders put on the board.

Valpo utilized a 14-2 run midway through the first half to turn a four-point deficit into an eight-point advantage. Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) contributed nine of her eleven first-half points during the four-minute blitz that saw the Crusaders take a 30-22 lead.

The Brown and Gold led 38-33 at the break as they collected nine assists versus seven turnovers in the first twenty minutes. Valpo shot a season-best 53.8% in the first half led by a balanced scoring attack. In addition to Richardson's eleven, Miller and Dean scored eight and seven points, respectively.

The Crusaders' perimeter shooting hit a wall in the second half as they knocked down just four of 16 attempts from beyond the arc. A 19-2 Tennessee Tech run in the early part of the period gave the Golden Eagles a comfortable 60-49 cushion. Miller's third trey of the game with 8:37 remaining brought Tennessee Tech's run to a close. Furthermore, the three-pointer sparked a 15-3 Valpo run of its own. Miller sank her fourth three-ball to move the Crusaders ahead 64-63 with six minutes left. From that point, the game saw four ties and five lead changes.

Valpo extended its lead to 78-74 with two minutes to play. Tennessee Tech guard Diamond Henderson cut the deficit in half with a layup with 65 seconds on the clock.

The Golden Eagles' final eight points all came off free throws as they claimed an 84-78 win in front of nearly a thousand fans. Henderson scored 14 of her game-high 31 points in the last four-and-a-half minutes of the game. She was 5-of-11 from the floor and 9-for-9 from the line.

Though the team still searches for its first win of the season, many areas are trending in the right direction for the Brown and Gold.

The Crusaders shot 19-for-23 from the free-throw line. Their season aggregate now sits at 79.6%, tops in the Horizon League. Additionally, the number of turnovers are on a steady decline. Valpo committed a season-low twelve Sunday. For the first time in 2013-14, assists outnumbered turnovers.

"Tennessee Tech is very comparable to a lot of Horizon League teams. They're very athletic. They have good shooters. They play hard. So while conference play is still a ways away, this will serve us well down the road," head coach Tracey Dorow said.

Valpo will have a few days off as it prepares for the Florida International University Thanksgiving Classic in Miami. The Crusaders will battle the host Golden Panthers Friday at 5:00 pm CT at the U.S. Century Bank Arena.

 

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