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Karungi's Monster Game Leads Valpo over Oakland
Play Video Sharon Karungi grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds Saturday night versus Oakland. (Rouxi Wang)
Sharon Karungi grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds Saturday night versus Oakland. (Rouxi Wang)
Oakland (11-15, 6-7 HL)
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Valparaiso (4-21, 2-10 HL)
2/22/2014 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 833
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Oakland333770
Valparaiso404484
Stats at a GlanceOAKLANDVALPO
FG Percentage.400 (26-65) .550 (33-60)
3P FG Percentage.316 (6-19) .500 (7-14)
FT Percentage.667 (12-18) .550 (11-20)
Offensive Rebounds1110
Defensive Rebounds2232
Total Rebounds3342
Turnovers1312
Steals64
Bench Points218
Statistical LeadersOAKLANDVALPO
PointsWATTERWORTH - 26
KARUNGI - 22
ReboundsBEE - 8
KARUNGI - 16
AssistsLIPSCOMB - 3
WATTERWORTH - 3
RICHARDSON - 6
StealsWATTERWORTH - 3
RICHARDSON - 3
BlocksBEE - 2
KARUNGI - 1

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/[Northern Oklahoma College]) manufactured another huge night down low for Valpo as the junior recorded 22 points and 16 rebounds in a 84-70 win over Oakland Saturday night at the ARC.

Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) and Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) each pitched in 17, while Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) registered a career-high 16 points to snap the Brown and Gold's six-game skid.

"Once again I'm really proud of this group and the way they were able to maintain their focus for 40 minutes. They felt prepared and they came out with confidence. We executed the game plan. Even when Oakland went on their big run and Watterworth took over, we kept to our game plan. Everybody just played their parts," head coach Tracey Dorow said.

Valpo rushed out to an 11-4 lead after Carr set Richardson up for a three-pointer. The Golden Grizzlies responded with a 9-2 run capped off by an Elena Popkey jumper to tie the game at 13-13 with just under twelve minutes in the first half.

The Brown and Gold answered with an 11-2 run a little later in the stanza, as they extended their lead to nine points twice, but were never able to claim a double-digit lead.

Valpo held a 24-8 advantage on points in the paint in the first twenty minutes as the Crusaders led 40-33 at the break. Wiedemann (12) and Richardson (10) were both in double figures by the first-half buzzer.

The Golden Grizzlies emerged from the half to put together another 9-2 run. A Bethany Watterworth free-throw at the 17:43 mark knotted the game at 42-42.

Watterworth was a force to be reckoned with for nearly the entire second half. The redshirt senior scored 17 of her game-high 26 in the final twenty minutes. Her layup with 14 minutes to play cut Valpo's lead to 51-50, 

On the ensuing possession, Wiedemann fed Karungi in the paint before Wiedemann extended the Crusader lead to six with a triple from the right wing on the next trip down the court. 

The Crusaders controlled the pace of the game the rest of the way as they led by as many as 19 points. 

Valpo shot 33-of-60 (55.0%) from the floor. The 55% field-goal percentage was a season-high.

Richardson dished out six assists and collected six boards to accompany her 17 points. 

Sophomore Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) added seven points, three assists, and three boards off the bench.

Karungi's 22 points were three off her career watermark set last Thursday at Cleveland State. She converted on 11 of her 15 field goal attempts en route to her fourth straight game in double figures.

In January's affair in Rochester, Oakland shot 14-of-30 from beyond the arc. Saturday, the Golden Grizzlies were held to 6-for-19 shooting from the perimeter.

Valpo's 12 turnovers tied a season-low mark set on November 24th at Tennessee Tech.

The Crusaders (4-21, 2-10 Horizon) will have the opportunity Wednesday to move two games ahead of Detroit (4-21, 1-11 Horizon) in the standings. Tipoff for that game is set for 6:00 pm CT. Links to the audio, video, and live stats will be available at valpoathletics.com.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo