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Lauren Kenney had a double-double with 26 points and 13 boards. (Ray Acevedo)
Lauren Kenney had a double-double with 26 points and 13 boards. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Despite double-doubles from Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) and Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.), Valpo came up short against Milwaukee 54-48 on Thursday evening at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

Kenney tied a career-high with 26 points, 21 in the second half, while grabbing 13 rebounds.  Watts tallied 12 points, eight in the first half, and pulled down 11 boards.

“Kenney and Watts did a good job scoring inside and rebounding well,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Offensively we didn’t have effective movement or screens though, and it took us a long time to get into the game.”

The Crusaders struggled shooting the ball, connecting on just 30% of its tries from the floor, including just 22% in the opening half.  Valpo went 0-for-16 from three-point range, scoring all but two of its points either in the paint or at the free throw line. 

Valpo opened up missing its first 12 shots, being held scoreless for six minutes, but the defense kept the Brown and Gold in the game, as the Crusaders trailed just 4-0.  Trailing 8-2, Valpo cut the lead to two, 10-8, at the 9:14 mark following back-to-back baskets by Watts.

After the Panthers pushed the lead back to seven, Watts answered with two more hoops to bring Valpo within 15-12 with 7:10 to play before intermission.

The Crusaders would not score from the floor again for nearly seven minutes, as Milwaukee opened up a 10-point advantage before a Kenney cut the lead to eight at the break, 23-15.

“In the first half we missed a lot of easy shots,” Freeman added.

The Crusaders made just 3 of their first 12 shots in the second half, falling behind 38-25 with 10:13 to play.

A Kenney three-point play followed by a full-court press steal and lay-in by Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) pulled Valpo within four, 38-34, with 6:58 to play, capping a 9-0 Crusader run.

Milwaukee scored the next five points to push the lead back to nine, before Watts and Kenney scored inside to pull within five, 47-42, with 1:17 to play.

The Panthers made 12 straight free throws down the stretch to offset the fact they made just one field goal in the final 11:11 to secure the victory.

Lindsay Laur led Milwaukee (9-10, 4-4 Horizon) with 19 points and seven rebounds while Jodie McClain added 11 points.  The Panthers finished the game shooting 19-of-22 from the free throw line.

 “When you look at the stats we outscored them 38-10 in the paint, 14-11 off of turnovers, 12-5 on second chance points, 14-0 on fast break points, and 26-9 off of the bench,” concluded Freeman.  “I’ve never seen anything like that where you don’t win.”

Valparaiso (6-13, 3-5) will wrap up the first half of Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon, staying in the state of Wisconsin to face #24/22 Green Bay.  Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Milwaukee leads the all-time series 9-4 … Valpo committed just two second half turnovers and 11 total for the game … the Panthers became just the second Horizon League team to outrebound Valpo, doing so 40-37 … eight of Kenney’s 13 boards were offensive … Kenney’s double-double was her fourth of the year while Watts’ was her second … Kenney tied a career-high with four steals.

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Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
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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)
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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)
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Apr 13 Valpo 7
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Apr 13 Oakland 6
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Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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Apr 14 Chicago State 7
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Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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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
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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
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Apr 18 Valpo 11
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Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
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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
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Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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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
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Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27
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Apr 27
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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