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Valpo Rallies for Overtime Win against Kent State

Friday, November 25, 2005

Valparaiso rallied from a 17-point deficit, Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) hit a three-pointer with 3.8 seconds to force overtime, and the Crusaders defeated Kent State 66-62 in the first round of the National City Bank Xavier Invitational on Friday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio.

It was the second time in a week Valpo forced overtime after a big deficit, as the Crusaders also went to double-overtime before falling Monday at Bradley.

Valpo started off slowly, committing turnovers on three of its first four possessions as Kent State opened up a 6-0 lead in the game's first minute. Valpo tied it at six as Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) scored inside at the 15:36 mark. The Crusaders stayed in a shooting slump early, though, making just two of their first ten shots. The Golden Flashes were just as cold, starting 5-of-18.

Kent State pushed the lead back to 15-9 before Valpo again clawed back. Mayella Kuikhoven (Almelo, Netherlands/Saint Canisius H.S.) banked in a three-pointer as the shot clock wound down and Carrie Myers drained another triple to tie the game at 19 with 6:10 left in the opening half.

The Brown and Gold would struggle offensively the rest of the half, and Kent State took a 26-19 lead into the locker room. Turnovers, as they were Monday at Bradley, were Valpo's nemesis in the first half. The Crusaders turned the ball over 15 times, leading to 14 Golden Flashes points in the opening stanza. Valpo also shot just 35% in the first half.

After Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) hit a three to open the second half, Kent State scored 11 straight points. Back-to-back threes by Kacie Vavrek and Lindsay Shearer started the run which put the Golden Flashes up 39-22 with 15:31 to play.

Valpo tried to fight back once again. Myers hit two threes, sandwiched around a Braun basket inside, to cut the lead to nine with 12:03 to play. Kent State went back up 13 before Valpo made a final charge. A Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) three with 3:44 left made it 50-43. Braun laid it in inside to cut it to four, and Myers hit her fourth three of the game with 57.2 seconds left to cut it to 53-50.

After a Valpo defensive stop, the Crusaders brought the ball up and ran the time down. Myers nailed yet another triple with 3.8 seconds remaining to tie the score at 53. Kent State could not score and the game went into overtime.

The Crusaders took their first lead with 3:31 left in overtime. Braun scored inside for the first points of the extra session and Myers hit another three with 2:58 left to push the lead to four. Kent State answered with a basket by Malika Willoughby but Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) answered to make it 60-56. With it cut to two once again, Bechtold ran the clock down and banked one home from 12-feet in the lane to go up 62-58 with 1:21 to play. Another stop and Bechtold made two free throws to push the lead to six.

Willoughby scored on two straight possessions with a Bechtold free throw in between to make it 65-62 with 4.9 seconds to play. Myers capped it with a free throw to season a victory.

Myers led the Crusaders with 23 points and eight rebounds, including 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range. Braun had her second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 boards while Kuikhoven added ten points.

Shearer led Kent State (2-1) with 18 points while Scull added 11 and Willoughby chipped in ten more. Valpo finished the game shooting 44.4%, including 50% in the second half and overtime.

Valparaiso (2-1) will advance to Saturday's championship game at 2 p.m. CST against Xavier (Ohio), a 62-51 winner over Elon in the first game.
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Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
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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)
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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
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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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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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
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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)
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