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Crusader Shooting Colder than the Temperature Outside

Saturday, January 15, 2005

With temperatures hovering below 20 degrees outside in Kansas City, Mo., Valparaiso's shooting was even colder on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders shot just 16.1% (10-of-62) from the floor in a 47-35 loss to UMKC.

Valpo struggled just as much from the free throw line, shooting just 47.4% (9-of-19) while dropping their third straight game at UMKC in as many years.

The Crusaders struggled from the floor from the start, missing their first 12 shots from the field. Valpo's defense kept the Brown and Gold in the game though, and Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) three-pointer snapped Valpo's string, and gave the Crusaders a 6-4 advantage at the 12:27 mark. UMKC went on a 14-0 run over 5:18 before Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) scored underneath with 6:01 remaining in the first half to end Valpo's 1-for-23 start from the floor.

Liz Obrecht and Alysa Klein were controlling the paint in the first half, scoring eight and seven first half points respectively inside as the Kangaroos opened a 24-12 lead with 3:47 left before break. Neither team scored from the floor the rest of the half, as UMKC took a 24-13 lead into the locker room.

Valpo finished the first half 3-of-32 (9.4%) from the field and was outscored in the paint 16-2.

Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) knocked down a triple to open the second half, but the Kangaroos scored the next eight points to build a 32-16 advantage with 15:26 remaining in the game. Bechtold hit a pair of threes as part of an 8-0 Valpo run to cut the lead to eight at the 13:38 mark. UMKC pushed the lead back to 13, 46-33, after a Sammi Knapic jumper with 3:20 to play and Valpo never recovered.

Bechtold led Valpo with 15 points, 12 in the second half, while Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) added six while grabbing 12 rebounds. Valpo grabbed 25 offensive rebounds, but the boards led to just six second chance points.

Obrecht led UMKC (6-9, 3-2 Mid-Con) with 14 points and eight points and eight boards, while Klein added 13 and eight rebounds. UMKC shot 37% for the game from the floor and held a 30-6 advantage scoring in the paint.

The loss snapped Valpo's four-game winning streak and the 35 points were the fewest by a Crusader team since November 18, 2001 when Valpo fell 42-35 at Notre Dame to open the 2001-2002 season.

Valparaiso (9-6, 3-1) will return home on Monday evening to battle Chicago State. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
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