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Valpo Falls in Final Road Contest at Milwaukee
Gina Lange grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. (YSU Media Relations)
Gina Lange grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. (YSU Media Relations)
Valparaiso (8-19, 4-12 HL)
at
Milwaukee (9-18, 5-11 HL)
2/25/2012 | Milwaukee, Wis. (Klotsche Center) | Attendance: 376
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso161531
Milwaukee262450
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUWM
FG Percentage.220 (11-50) .385 (20-52)
3P FG Percentage.056 (1-18) .563 (9-16)
FT Percentage.800 (8-10) .250 (1-4)
Offensive Rebounds1212
Defensive Rebounds2127
Total Rebounds3339
Turnovers1515
Steals88
Bench Points27
Statistical LeadersVALPOUWM
PointsGERARDOT - 11
TUCKER - 13
ReboundsLANGE - 10
LINDFORS - 7
AssistsRICHARDS - 3
RODRIGUEZ - 6
StealsLANGE - 2
RICHARDS - 2
TIMMERMAN - 2
WILSON - 5
BlocksLANGE - 1
RICHARDS - 1
SWOPSHIRE - 1

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Valparaiso suffered a cold shooting afternoon from the floor on Saturday afternoon, dropping the final road game of the regular season to Milwaukee 50-31 at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

The Crusaders connected on just 22% from the field (11-of-50), and made just 1-of-18 (5.6%) from three-point range in the defeat.

“They didn’t guard us tightly on the perimeter, playing more of a switching, sagging defense,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “They gave us threes all day and we just couldn’t make them.”

The Crusaders jumped on top early, forcing three Panther turnovers, all on steals, in the first three possessions of the game while building a 6-0 advantage.

“We moved the ball well early,” Freeman added.  “Then we began missing shots.  We tried to get the ball inside and it was crowded.  It was one of those games where our lack of ability to score affected our energy, which then affected our ability to defend.  It was very frustrating.”

Valpo went cold from the floor though, going 1-for-14 over a 12-and-a-half minute stretch as Milwaukee battled back to take a 23-11 lead.  The Crusaders finally ended a 10:40 draught from the floor with a Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) lay-in and Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) followed with Valpo’s lone triple of the game as Valpo scored the final five points of the half and trailed 26-16 at the break.

Milwaukee (9-18, 5-11 Horizon) started the second half on a 9-2 spurt as Valpo again made just one of its first nine shots to build a 17-point advantage.  The lead then stayed 13 or more the rest of the way as the Panthers posted the victory on Senior Day in Milwaukee.

Sami Tucker made all three of her three-point attempts on her way to a game-high 13 points for Milwaukee while Angela Rodriguez also made three triples on her way to 11 points.  Gerardot led Valparaiso with 11 points while Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee finished the game shooting 56.3% (9-of-16) beyond the arc.

“This week wasn’t a good week for us,” Freeman concluded.  “We had two kids (Ashley Timmerman and Jessica Carr) who couldn’t practice all week.  We need to just regroup and get ready for next weekend.”

Valparaiso (8-19, 4-12) will return home to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening to begin its final homestand of the season.  The Crusaders will host Wright State in a 7:05 p.m. tip-off.

Game Notes: Milwaukee leads the all-time series 14-5 and have won five straight meetings between the two schools … Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) handed out three assists and now has 280 for her career, passing Suzie Hammel (2000-2004) for eighth on Valpo’s career list.

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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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