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Sanna Helenius had a season-high 10 points at Milwaukee.
Sanna Helenius had a season-high 10 points at Milwaukee.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso had five players score in double figures, but shot just 39.3% from the floor, losing a 76-70 decision to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis.

                Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls H.S.) was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor, including four triples, on her way to tying her career high with 18 points while Sanna Helenius (Vantaa, Finland/Makelanrinteen Lukio H.S.) made all four of her shots in scoring a season-high 10 points for the Brown and Gold.

                Valpo fought through the first half despite being saddled with foul trouble.  Four players picked up two fouls in the opening 20 minutes, but the Crusaders were able to go into the locker room down just 36-32.

                Valpo jumped in front 9-3 early behind a pair of triples by Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) and another by Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls H.S.).  Milwaukee fought back, tying the game at 11.  A 9-0 run by the Panthers put the hosts in front by five, 28-23, with 5:46 to play, before taking the four-point advantage, 36-32, into the break.

                The Panthers opened the second half with a 10-2 run over the first 2:30 to build a 12-point advantage.  Valpo fought back, and a three-pointer by Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) cut the deficit to six, 48-42, just a minute and a half later.

                Milwaukee answered with a 10-0 run, holding the Crusaders scoreless for nearly six minutes while pushing the lead to 16, 60-44.

                Back-to-back threes by Ott got Valpo back within single digits, 60-51, at the 8:44 mark.  Milwaukee kept the Crusaders from getting any closer until the final seconds though, maintaining a 9-13 point lead most of the rest of the way.  Valpo scored the game’s final seven points to cut the final margin to six points.

                “Milwaukee did a great job keeping pressure on us,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “They did a good job of attacking.”

                Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) added 12 points for the Crusaders while Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) and Kulaga had 10 points each.

                Traci Edwards led Milwaukee (13-11, 8-5 Horizon League) with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Aubri Rote added 12 points.

                The Panthers shot 51.1% from the floor and outrebounded the Crusaders 40-26, leading to a 15-2 edge in second chance points.

                “We need to step up as a team and dig deeper,” Freeman said.  “Our team defense is not  where it needs to be.”

                Valparaiso (11-13, 6-7) will begin its final homestand of the season on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Detroit at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  The game can also been seen live on the Horizon League Network.

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 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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo