Several large runs by the
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in each half proved to be more than enough as
Valparaiso was never able to recover, falling to
the Phoenix 76-45 on Saturday afternoon at the KressCenter in Green Bay, Wis.
“They did a good job of
disrupting our offense and also moving the ball,” head coach Keith Freeman said. “We have to
work on our game and get better. They
showed why they are the number one team in our league.”
Green Bay started quickly, scoring nine straight points after
Valpo opened the game with a three-point play.
The Crusaders came back, with Aimee
Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) hitting a pair of triples to
bring Valpo within one, 13-12, at the 13:12 mark.
The Phoenix broke out on a large run, scoring 10
straight points over the next four minutes, part of a larger 22-2 spurt. Heather Golden score five points during the
span as the Crusader had just one field goal in more than 11 minutes. Valpo made just five of its first 19 shots
from the floor.
Valpo was able to cut the 21
point deficit to 17 at the break following a Betsy Adams (Monticello,
Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) right before
intermission, making it 41-24 at halftime.
Green Bay shot nearly 61% from the floor in the first 20
minutes while holding the Crusaders to just under 35%. The Phoenix
held a big rebounding advantage as well, 19-11 at the break.
The Crusaders came out of the
locker room and had the Green Bay lead down to
16 and two possessions to cut it further after forcing a pair of turnovers, but
instead the Phoenix
forced missed shots and then ran off 11 straight points to push the lead to 53-26
less than five minutes into the stanza.
Back-to-back triples by Kayla
Tetschlag and Golden were a part of another 10-0 Green Bay run in the second half that pushed
the lead to 35 and the Crusaders could not recover.
Leah Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) led Valpo with nine
points, making three second half triples, while Litka finished the day with
Golden led Green Bay (17-3, 9-0 Horizon League) with 13
points while Lavesa Glover added 11.
Celeste Hoewisch and Rachel Porath each had 10 points for the Phoenix, which had seven players
score at least eight points on the day.
Green Bay finished the game shooting 54% from the floor,
including 13-of-27 (48%) from three-point range while holding Valpo to just 35%
shooting on the day. Valpo committed 20
turnovers, 14 on Phoenix
steals, and was outrebounded by the hosts 37-27 on the night.
Valparaiso (10-9, 5-4) will return home to the Athletics-Recreation Center
on Friday evening as the Crusaders play host to Detroit.
Tip time against the Titans is set for 7:05 p.m. with all the action
carried live on the Horizon League Network as well as on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).
Game Notes: Valpo
finished the first half of Horizon League play tied for fifth place … Green Bay
leads the overall series 17-4 … the Phoenix have won 24 straight conference
regular season games at home … Litka and Agnieszka
Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) are both tied for 20th
all-time at Valpo with 836 career points
… Litka’s two triples give her 150 for her career, sixth most in school