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Valpo Suffers Overtime Setback to Detroit
Lauren Kenney scored a season-high 24 points, but Valpo fell in overtime. (Ray Acevedo)
Lauren Kenney scored a season-high 24 points, but Valpo fell in overtime. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) scored a season-high 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds while Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) added a season-high 14 points and nine boards, but it was not quite enough on Thursday evening as Valparaiso was defeated by Detroit 72-70 in overtime at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Titans rallied from six points down with just 38 seconds remaining to force the extra session and then scored the first seven points of overtime.

A Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) jumper with 38.4 seconds in regulation left put Valpo on top 64-58.  Brigid Mulroy answered for the Titans with 28.7 seconds remaining before Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) split a pair of free throws for the Brown and Gold.

Sierra Spaude hit a triple with 22.6 seconds to play, and following a Crusader turnover, Yar Shayok tied the game with a lay-in with 15 seconds remaining.  Each team traded turnovers in the final seconds and the game went to overtime.

“Unfortunately we turned the ball over too much down the stretch,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “They had us in deadball situations and we were playing with two freshmen and a sophomore on the floor.  It’s a challenge.”

In the overtime, Demeisha Fambro opened the scoring with a three-pointer for Detroit (7-10, 5-1 Horizon) and followed with a jumper on the following possession.  A Lauren Allen layup with 2:27 to play put Detroit up 72-65 before Valpo tried to rally. Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) drilled a triple with 1:33 to play and after a defensive stop, Kenney scored inside with 38.8 seconds to play.  Valpo forced a miss by Detroit, but an offensive rebound forced Valpo to foul with 2.8 seconds to play.  Despite a miss by the Titans, Valpo could not get off a final shot attempt.

After Valpo fell behind early 13-6, six quick points brought the Crusaders within one, and the two teams battled back-and-forth the rest of the half, with the lead changing hands 13 times in the first 20 minutes.  A late 7-0 run by the crusaders, keyed by an Adams triple and four points from Kenney allowed Valpo to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room.

The lead grew to eight, 40-34 shortly out of intermission before the Titans went on an 11-3 run to tie the game with 13:32 to play.  Valpo again rebuilt its advantage to 10, 59-49, at the 6:28 mark at the end of a 7-0 outburst before Detroit clawed back in the final minutes.

“We did not defend them well in the second half,” Freeman added.  “We can’t let teams shoot 48% like they did both halves.”

Adams finished with 12 points while Farris added 10 for the Crusaders as Valpo put four players in double figures for the second straight game.  Mulroy led Detroit with 19 points while Fambro added 15 off of the bench for the Titans.  Shayok and Allen each had 10 points as well for the visitors.

“We have to get tougher defensively if we want to be a championship team,” Freeman concluded.

Valparaiso (5-12, 2-4) remains home on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Wright State.  Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m. at the ARC.

Game Notes: Valpo had won five straight overtime games prior to Thursday night … Detroit leads the all-time series 5-4 … Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) and Richards each pulled down a career-high eight rebounds … this was the first time this season Valpo had back-to-back games with four double figure scorers … Kenney made her first eight shots from the floor and finished 10-of-13 … Valpo outrebounded Detroit 48-35, including a 19-8 advantage on the offensive end.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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