Valparaiso shot 60% from the floor and 78.6% from three-point range while forcing 22 Indiana Wesleyan turnovers defensively as the Crusaders wrapped up exhibition play on Monday evening rolling to an 87-46 victory over the Wildcats.
Four Crusaders scored in double figures as Valpo outscored Indiana Wesleyan 42-18 in the point.
“I thought we really did a good job of getting the ball inside,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game. “Defensively we did a good job of contesting their shooters.”
Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) led the Crusaders with 17 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor while making all three of her attempts beyond the arc. She also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) pulled down eight boards to go along with her 11 points.
“Kelly plays very hard,” Freeman said. “She and Varner did a good job of controlling the inside.”
Skyler Gick (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central H.S.) added 14 points and dished out eight assists while committing just two turnovers.
“Skyler sees the floor very well and is a good passer,” added Freeman.
Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala Wladyslawa Andersa H.S.) added 12 points making 5-of-7 from the floor. Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) just missed double figures with nine points and added five boards.
A 12-0 run late in the first half helped the Crusaders build the lead, as the Brown and Gold took a 39-24 advantage into the locker room. Valpo continued to pull away during the second half.
Valpo finished the game 33-of-55 from the floor, including 11-of-14 from long range. Indiana Wesleyan shot just 38.1% for the game, with the Crusaders holding the Wildcats to just 31.8% shooting in the final 20 minutes.
Taylor Goshert led Indiana Wesleyan with 14 points while Kayla Thompsaon added 11 for the visitors.
Valparaiso will open the 2009-2010 regular season on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. against Indiana Tech with the game being available on the Horizon League Network.