Valparaiso began its
longest homestand of the season on Thursday evening, but was unable to pick up
the victory as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated the Crusaders
73-61 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) scored 17 of her team-high 22
points in the second half for Valpo, but the Crusaders allowed the Panthers to
shoot 66.7% from the floor in the second half and 57.4% for the game.
“We didn’t defend
tonight,” head coach Keith Freeman
said. “Their posts got 43 points off of
26 shots. That’s like going 21 for 26
from the floor.”
started quickly, scoring six of the game’s first seven points and increased
their lead to seven, 15-8 following a three-pointer by Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.). Milwaukee answered with seven straight
points, and eventually took its first lead of the game, 18-17, on a triple by
Anne Breland. The Panthers made their
first four shots from long range.
The Brown and Gold
retook the lead, 22-20, on an Adams layup at the 9:50 mark, but managed just
one triple from Adams the rest of the half, going scoreless the last 6:22 of
the stanza. The defense kept Valpo in
the game though, as Milwaukee managed just two points the final five minutes to
take a 28-25 lead into the break.
Valpo fought back
early in the second half, tying the game at 33 on a jumper by Adams at the
17:49 mark. Six straight points, capped
by a Gina Lange (Wyoming,
Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) gave Valpo its final lead of the game, 43-41, with just
over 14 minutes to play.
answered with nine straight points to retake the lead. Another 10-1 run, capping a larger 21-5
spurt, gave Milwaukee its largest lead at 14, 62-48, with 5:29 to play and
Valpo could never get any closer than eight the rest of the way.
“We were very slow
in transition in the second half,” Freeman added. “Because we were slow we gave up some
threes. It’s just disheartening the way
we played. We also got beat back door.”
Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) and Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago
Central H.S.) each added 11 points for the Crusaders, and pulled down six and
seven rebounds respectively.
Lindsay Laur led
Milwaukee (7-12, 4-4 Horizon) with 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting while also
dishing out seven assists. Angela Rodriguez
added 16 points on 6-of-7 from the floor, including a perfect 4-for-4 from long
range. Sami Tucker added eight points
and 10 boards for the Panthers.
“Laur’s a good
player,” Freeman concluded. “We didn’t
have anyone that could defend her. She
impacted the game for 41 of their 73 points.”
1-7) will return to action at the ARC on Saturday evening as the Crusaders host
#22/16 Green Bay. Tip-off against the
Phoenix is set for 7:05 p.m.
Game Notes: Watts 11 points were a season high … Laura Richards (Connersville,
Ind./Connersville H.S.) had five assists without a turnover … Adams made four
triples for the game and now has at least one three in 18 of 20 games … Adams
went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and now has made 21 straight dating back
to Dec. 4 … Milwaukee holds the all-time series lead 11-5 including a 5-3
advantage at the ARC.