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Crusaders Have a Blast in Toledo; Down Rockets on Last Second Putback
Karungi put up 15 points and 14 rebounds against Toledo on Saturday. She was named Most Valuable Player after Valpo's 63-61 win. (Ruoxi Wang)
Karungi put up 15 points and 14 rebounds against Toledo on Saturday. She was named Most Valuable Player after Valpo's 63-61 win. (Ruoxi Wang)
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Toledo (4-4)
12/7/2013 | Toledo, OH (Savage Arena) | Attendance: 3732
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso352863
Toledo322961
Stats at a GlanceVALPOTOLEDO
FG Percentage.521 (25-48) .365 (23-63)
3P FG Percentage.500 (7-14) .214 (6-28)
FT Percentage.857 (6-7) .600 (9-15)
Offensive Rebounds411
Defensive Rebounds3120
Total Rebounds3531
Turnovers2513
Steals514
Bench Points1123
Statistical LeadersVALPOTOLEDO
PointsKARUNGI - 15
WIEDEMANN - 15
REED-LEWIS - 12
ReboundsKARUNGI - 14
ZANOGUERA - 13
AssistsMILLER - 7
DORTCH - 6
StealsMILLER - 2
KARUNGI - 2
DORTCH - 6
Blocks

Saturday, December 07, 2013

The Crusaders managed just four offensive rebounds versus Toledo, but their final one was all that anyone will remember.

Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/[Northern Oklahoma College] was in the right place at the right time when Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) drove down the right side of the lane with the score tied 61-61. Miller's shot attempt with six seconds remaining was off-target but caromed to Karungi. The junior caught the ball and put it right back up and in to give the Crusaders a 63-61 lead with three seconds in the game.

Toledo's Andola Dortch fired a desperation shot off, but it flew well off the mark as Valpo celebrated its second win at Savage Arena in as many days. 

"I don't think our kids realize how big this win is. With the support that the Toledo women's basketball gets, not many teams walk out of Savage Arena victorious. We played together the whole game. Nobody tried to do too much. Both Liz and Elizabeth (Hamlet) really stepped up. Liz scored, and Elizabeth kept the energy level high," head coach Tracey Dorow said.

For the second straight day, Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) shot lights out in the first half. The senior was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in a nine-point period. For the Toledo Invite, Horton was a combined 8-for-9 from the field and 4-for-4 from three-point land in the first half. Twenty of her 24 points over the weekend came in the first stanza.

Neither team led by more than five points until the Crusaders took a 30-24 lead on a Lexi Miller free-throw with three minutes left. A pair of Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) foul shots extended the Brown and Gold's lead to eight. Toledo scored the final five points of the first half as Valpo took a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

A wild second half ensued that featured five ties and ten lead changes. Toledo's Janelle Reed-Lewis knocked down a three-pointer with 16:50 left to cut the Valpo lead to two. The game remained a one-possession tilt the rest of the way.

Toledo was on top 59-56 before Wiedemann recorded two of her nine second-half points. Karungi followed with a three-point play to give the visitors a two-point advantage.

Reed-Lewis, who dropped in eleven points in the final half, scored Toledo's last points on a jumper with 3:43 to go. The Rockets drew iron on four three-point attempts in the closing three minutes.

Toledo had possession of the ball with 20 seconds remaining. Elena De Alfredo had a look from outside, but it clanged out and Horton pounced on the rebound. 

Out of a timeout, Miller raced down the right side of the lane and tossed up a runner that didn't fall. Unguarded, Karungi grabbed the rebound and dropped in the game-winner.

"I was really pleased with how we executed the game plan. (Associate Head Coach) Kurt (Westendorp) prepared a great scouting report and our kids did an outstanding job adjusting when we switched our defenses." Dorow said.

Wiedemann was voted to the All-Tournament Team. The sophomore scored 29 points in the Invite to go with nine assists and ten rebounds. She logged 73 minutes in the two-day event.

Karungi was named the Most Valuable Player. Over two games, she scored 31 points and pulled in 28 rebounds. Karungi was 15-of-27 (55.6%) from the floor in two Valpo wins. 

Valparaiso (2-7) will now return home for its longest homestand of the season. The Crusaders will play host to Butler (Dec. 13) before taking on Western Michigan (Dec. 29) and South Dakota (Dec. 31) to conclude the calendar year.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
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
W 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
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