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Dry Spell Erases Valpo's Halftime Lead in Green Bay
Lexi Miller was 5-of-6 from the floor Monday night in Green Bay. Her 13 points led the Crusaders. (Ruoxi Wang)
Lexi Miller was 5-of-6 from the floor Monday night in Green Bay. Her 13 points led the Crusaders. (Ruoxi Wang)
Valparaiso (3-18, 1-7 HL)
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Green Bay (13-7, 6-2 HL)
2/3/2014 | Kress Events Center, Green Bay, Wis. | Attendance: 1761
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso261642
Green Bay244670
Stats at a GlanceVALPOGB
FG Percentage.362 (17-47) .450 (27-60)
3P FG Percentage.182 (4-22) .259 (7-27)
FT Percentage.444 (4-9) .643 (9-14)
Offensive Rebounds1117
Defensive Rebounds2123
Total Rebounds3240
Turnovers2214
Steals613
Bench Points1716
Statistical LeadersVALPOGB
PointsMILLER - 13
RANGER - 16
ReboundsHAMLET - 5
RICHARDSON - 5
BUCK - 7
RANGER - 7
AssistsCARR - 2
HAMLET - 2
MILLER - 2
WIEDEMANN - 2
LUKAN - 5
StealsCARR - 2
RANGER - 4
BlocksHAMLET - 1
BUCK - 2
KRAKER - 2

Monday, February 03, 2014

Prolonged field goal droughts have plagued the Crusaders for much of the conference slate. A dry spell spanning more than eight minutes of the second half cost Valpo Monday night in Green Bay. The Crusaders were limited to just 16 second-half points while the Phoenix rattled off 46 of their own to post a 70-42 victory at the Kress Events Center.

Perimeter shooting betrayed the home team in the first half. The Phoenix fired off 18 three-point attempts and only three found the bottom of the net.

Kaili Lukan, Green Bay's leading scorer, was exiled to the bench with just under 13 minutes after committing her second foul. Lukan didn't return to the game until the start of the second half.

An Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) layup at 9:47 interrupted a five-and-a-half minute stretch without a basket for Valpo. Despite the hiccup, the Crusaders maintained a 12-9 lead over Green Bay as the Phoenix suffered their own shooting woes.

Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) scored all eight of her first-half points in a three-minute stretch. Her second triple came with 3:17 on the clock and gave the Brown and Gold a 24-18 lead, their largest of the game.

Valpo found itself ahead 26-24 after twenty minutes.

But in front of 1,761 faithful, Green Bay stormed out of the locker room to score the first 14 points of the second half. By the 12:00 media timeout, a two point Valpo lead had reversed into a twelve-point hole.

Senior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) stopped the bleeding at 11:19 with a layup on a feed from Miller. Miller dropped in a nice runner just 30 seconds later, but scoring came at a premium the rest of the way for the Crusaders.

At one point, Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) recorded six consecutive points for the Brown and Gold as the sophomore finished with nine points on the evening.

After a meager shooting performance in the first half, the Phoenix (13-7, 6-2 Horizon) bucked the trend in the final twenty minutes and made good on 18 of 29 field goal attempts (62.1%).

The Crusaders were unable to convert on any of their 12 second-half three-point tries. Overall, they shot just 4-of-22 from beyond the arc. Twelve second-half turnovers only exacerbated Valpo's scoring struggles.

Miller led the scoring attack for Valpo with 13.

Valparaiso (3-18, 1-7 Horizon) will have a week off to prepare for next Monday's meeting with UIC (16-5, 5-3 Horizon). The Crusaders dropped their road tilt against the Flames 69-51 on January 21st in Chicago.

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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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