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Cold Shooting Crusaders Fall at Youngstown State
Coach Freeman's squad struggled shooting on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Coach Freeman's squad struggled shooting on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Valparaiso shot just 23.2% from the floor on Saturday afternoon, including 2-of-20 (10%) from three-point range, falling to Youngstown State 54-38 at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio to close out the regular season.

“Hopefully we got the bad shooting game out of our system,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We took some hurried shots early and then tried to over penetrate.  We have to make shots.”

Valpo struggled shooting the basketball to open the game.  The Crusaders went until the 12:24 mark without scoring until Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) made a pair of free throws.  By that time, Youngstown State had opened a 13-0 lead.

The Crusaders missed their first 13 shots from the floor, falling behind 18-2, before a Kenney lay-in at the 9:48 mark gave Valpo its first field goal.  The Penguins had been getting to the boards as well, outrebounding the Crusaders 14-3 at that point.

Valpo used a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to single digits when Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) drained a three-pointer at the 7:05 mark to make it 20-11.

The Penguins held the Crusaders scoreless the final 4:40 of the half, but managed just one basket during that time, and took a 27-15 lead into the locker room.

Valpo shot just 24% (6-of-25) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, including just 1-of-11 (9.1%) from long range.  Youngstown State made 54.5% of its first half shots and outrebounded the Crusaders 20-10.

The second half was just as much of a struggle shooting, as the Crusaders started just 1-for-10 from the field.  Valpo closed to within nine, 33-24, following a steal and score by Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) and a putback basket by Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.).

Youngstown State answered with back-to-back triples by Camisha Alexander.  Another triple by Kenya Middlebrooks made it 42-24 with 9:06 to play and the Crusaders could not recover.

Kenney led the Crusaders with 10 points while Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) had a game-high eight rebounds.

Alexander led Youngstown State (3-26, 1-17 Horizon) with 12 points, all on threes, while Nikita LaFleur had eight points and seven rebounds.

The Penguins shot 48% from the floor for the game and 41.2% (7-of-17) from three-point range.

“We’re one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation (13th) and they were shooting like 25% from there,” said Freeman.  “They shoot 40% and we were 10%.  The bottom line is we didn’t make open shots and we have to make open shots.”

Valparaiso (16-13, 10-8) will host the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Championship on Wednesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  The Crusaders will be the tournament’s fourth seed and host fifth-seeded Wright State beginning at 7:05 p.m.  The action can be send live on the Horizon League Network as well as on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).

Game Notes: Youngstown State leads the all-time series 14-11 and is 8-3 in Youngstown … Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) played in her 117th game as a Crusader, tied with Carie Wickham (1996-2001) and Marlous Nieuwveen (1998-2002) for eighth all-time at Valpo.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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