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Road Not Kind to Valpo Thursday Evening in Detroit
Stefanie Lang had career highs in scoring and rebounding on Thursday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Stefanie Lang had career highs in scoring and rebounding on Thursday night. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Valparaiso fell behind by double figures just five minutes into the game on Thursday evening and could never recover, dropping a 68-52 Horizon League battle to the University of Detroit Mercy at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.

“I didn’t think for the entire game we played with much energy or passion,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

Detroit jumped in front of the Crusaders quickly as Cherridy Thornton knocked down four three-pointers in the opening six minutes to give the Titans a 15-2 lead.  The Valpo offense took awhile to get going, as the Brown and Gold made just four of its first 16 shots from the floor and committed eight turnovers while trailing 25-9 at the 7:39 mark.

“We didn’t start the game ready to play which was the problem in the first half,” Freeman added.  They trapped the ball screen and we didn’t handle the ball well.  We threw the ball all over the gym.  That’s execution, but at the same time we didn’t play with maximum effort.  That’s what’s frustrating.  I can handle the execution errors, but we need to play hard.”

The Titan lead swelled to 22, 34-12, at the 3:50 mark, as Detroit made seven first half triples.  The Crusaders fought back at the end of the half, going on a 9-0 run.  Four points from Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) started the spurt and when Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) made a three in the final minute, Valpo was within 13.  A late basket by the Titans made it 36-21 hosts at the break.

Valpo tried to cut into the lead early in the second half.  A triple by Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) followed by a Timmerman lay-in pulled with Crusaders within 11, 40-29.  Detroit answered though, scoring the next seven points to push the lead back to 18.

A Stefanie Lang (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) three followed by an Adams jumper got Valpo back within 12 again, 51-39, with just under 10 minutes to play, only to have the Titans again extend the advantage one last time, this time to more than 20 and the Crusaders could never recover.

Adams and Lang led the Crusaders with 15 points each.  Adams was 6-of-9 from the floor while Lang connected on 7-of-12 in 16 minutes.  Lang also had a team-high six rebounds.

Thornton led Detroit (8-6, 2-1 Horizon) with 18 points, 17 of which came in the first half.  Yar Shayok, Lauren Allen, and Britney Murphy each added 12 points.  Shayok also had a game-high 11 boards.

Valpo finished the game shooting 34.5%, while Detroit connected at a 42.9% clip.  The Crusaders outrebounded the Titans 41-31, but committed 19 turnovers while the Titans had just 12 miscues.

Valparaiso (3-11, 0-2) will wrap up its four-game road trip on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio to face Wright State.  Tip-off at the Nutter Center is set for 1 p.m. CST.

Game Notes: Lang’s 15 points and six rebounds were a career high … Adams made two triples and now has 111 for her career, eight shy of the top-10 all-time at Valpo … Adams has now made 13 straight free throws … Detroit leads the all-time series 7-4 and has won four straight meetings.

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
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
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
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo