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Horton's Hot Hand Comes Too Late for Crusaders in Tulsa
Senior Liz Horton finished with a career-high 20 points Saturday at Tulsa. (Avery Davis)
Senior Liz Horton finished with a career-high 20 points Saturday at Tulsa. (Avery Davis)
Valparaiso (2-11)
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Tulsa (6-5)
1/4/2014 | Tulsa, Okla. (Donald W. Reynolds Center) | Attendance: 1507
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso244670
Tulsa335184
Stats at a GlanceVALPOTLS
FG Percentage.448 (26-58) .415 (27-65)
3P FG Percentage.375 (9-24) .353 (6-17)
FT Percentage.818 (9-11) .828 (24-29)
Offensive Rebounds1017
Defensive Rebounds2622
Total Rebounds3639
Turnovers2415
Steals915
Bench Points1124
Statistical LeadersVALPOTLS
PointsHORTON - 20
CLARK - 20
ReboundsKARUNGI - 8
CLARK - 8
AssistsRICHARDSON - 6
CLARK - 5
StealsMILLER - 3
WIEDEMANN - 3
BRADY - 5
BlocksKARUNGI - 2
PARKER - 1

Saturday, January 04, 2014

After an up-and-down first half, Valpo and Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) exploded in the second half. Unfortunately, by the time both find their stride, the deficit was too wide. 

Horton netted a career-high 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting (5-for-6 3-pointers). The senior opened the scoring for the Crusaders in the second half with her first trey of the game. She stayed quiet until the six-minute mark. With Valpo facing its largest margin of the afternoon at 69-49, Horton knocked down a three on a dish from Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) with 5:55 to play. The 3-ball was her first on three consecutive Crusader possessions spanning one minute and 16 seconds. Horton sunk her fifth and final three-pointer of the day with just over a minute to play. 

The second half was a stark contrast from the first. Tulsa scored the first seven points of the game. Valpo rattled off a 7-0 run of its own, tying the game at 7-7, 9-9, and 11-11. All six of Richardson's first-half points came in the first seven minutes to even up the contest. Tulsa went on a 18-6 run over the next nine minutes to establish a healthy lead.

Tulsa's Kadan Brady entered Saturday's contest averaging 5.6 points per game. The junior dropped nine points in the first ten minutes and ended the half with 11. The Crusaders shot 32% (10-for-27) from the field in the first stanza, but just 1-of-9 from three-point land. The Golden Hurricane capitalized on 12 first-half turnovers committed by the Brown and Gold as they led 33-24 at the break.

Valpo battled in the onset of the second half but was unable to make it a two-possession game at any point. Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) dialed up a three at the 18:28 mark to cut the deficit to seven, but it was as close as the Crusaders came. An 18-7 Tulsa run followed before Richardson brought an end to the rush. The Golden Hurricane pushed their lead to 20 and appeared to be on their way to more before Horton's deep-ball exhibition.  

Tulsa retained its double-digit lead for the entirety of the game. The Golden Hurricane hung on by a final score of 84-70 to improve to 4-1 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. 

Richardson finished with 18 points for the second time in the past three games. The fifth-year senior also contributed six assists. Horton's career-best 20 points tied her with Tulsa's Ashley Clark for the game's scoring leader. Dean assembled a 14-point afternoon on 5-of-12 shooting. Saturday was her sixth game in double digits for Valpo this season.

With non-conference play in the rear view mirror, the Crusaders (2-11) prepare for Horizon League action. Youngstown State (4-9) comes to town Thursday evening for a 7:05 pm tilt. Links for the audio, video, and live stats can be found at Valpoathletics.com.

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