Lakes H.S.) scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half, but a 14-0 run by Wright State
midway through the final 20 minutes broke the game open as the Raiders defeated
the Crusaders 90-67 at the Nutter Center in Dayton,
Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusader defense allowed
the Raiders to connect on 13 three-pointers, including eight in the second half
as Wright State shot 51.5% from the floor and
52.0% from long range in the game.
Valpo hung in the game
early. The game changed hands five times
and was tied three others before Valpo took an 11-9 lead at the 13:35
mark. Tabitha Gerardot (Fort
H.S.) collected her fifth offensive rebound in the first seven minutes and hit
a jumper from 12 feet in the lane.
“It’s the same old story,”
head coach Keith Freeman said. “We played 8-10 minutes to start the game at
high intensity and got the shots we wanted.
The game resembled what it should.”
Wright State answered with a 12-0 run as a trio of players did all
of the damage. LaShawna Thomas, who had
14 first half points, Molly Fox, and Maria Bennett accounted for the first 26
“We just have a hard time
with shot selection and that led to transition buckets,” Freeman added.
The hosts made nine of their
first 15 shots from the floor, including 6-of-8 inside the arc while Valpo made
just six of its first 23 attempts from the field.
Trailing 28-15 with 6:15 to
play, the Crusaders fought back.
Gerardot, who finished the first half with 11 points and seven boards,
scored down low with 15 seconds to play before intermission, pulling Valpo
within 36-29. However, Bennett’s third
triple of the stanza as time expired gave Wright State
a 10-point halftime advantage.
Adams tried single handedly to keep Valpo in the game
offensively in the second half. She hit
a pair of triples and added a conventional three-point play to pull the Crusaders
within seven, 45-38 at the 17:12 mark.
Fox answered inside for the
Raiders, scoring eight of Wright
State’s first 10 second
half points. With Valpo within seven,
the hosts went on a 28-10 run, including a 14-0 spurt over three minutes to
take a 73-48 lead and put the game out of reach.
Adams continued to provide Valpo’s offense, scoring 19 of
its first 21 points in the stanza before coming out of the game.
“In the second half we did a
pretty good job offensively to start,” Freeman said. “Betsy scored quite a few points in a four
minute span but we didn’t do anything defensively to take away their stuff.”
Gerardot finished the game
with 13 points and nine rebounds, one shy of her sixth double-double of the
season. Gina Lange (Wyoming,
Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) added 11 points and
Bennett led Wright State
(9-6, 2-1 Horizon) with 26 points, making 8-of-12 threes while Thomas added 22
points. Fox had 18 points and seven
boards, making 8-of-11 shots from the floor.
“We didn’t do a good job
guarding Bennett,” Freeman added.
“Thomas hurt us on penetration and Fox hurt us inside. We didn’t take anything away from them.”
Valparaiso (3-12, 0-3) returns to the Athletics-Recreation
Center for the first time since Dec.
20 on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Youngstown State. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. against the
“On the defensive end we have
to toughen up our effort,” Freeman concluded.
“Offensively we need to be geared toward the kids that shoot 40
percent. They need to take most of our
shots, not the kids that shoot 25 percent.”
Game Notes: Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac,
Ill./Pontiac H.S.) made her first
start at Valpo against the Raiders …
this was the first time the Crusaders had changed their starting lineup since
opening night … Valpo committed 13
turnovers in the game while Wright State had just 10 … Stephanie Thomas (Avon, Ind./Avon H.S.) tied a career high with
four points and had a career best five rebounds … Valpo went 10-of-11 from the
free throw line … the Crusaders had 18 offensive boards, including six by
Gerardot, but just 12 second chance points … Valpo leads the all-time series
10-7 but Wright State has won two straight meetings.