The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team started strong on Friday night in Cedar Falls, jumping out to a 23-20 lead through one quarter and playing a quality, back-and-forth first half with host UNI. However, the Panthers pulled away in the third quarter on their way to a 71-52 win over Valpo.
How It Happened
- Ella Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis. / Rice Lake) got off to a stylish start, completing an old-fashioned 3-point play for the first points of the game before connecting from long range to level the score at six with two minute elapsed in the first.
- Addison Stoller (Cissna Park, Ill. / Cissna Park), Allison Schofield (McCordsville, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) and Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind. / Westview) all contributed from beyond the arc in a first quarter that saw four different Valpo players drill triples. Valpo led by as many as five and owned a 23-20 edge through 10 minutes. The sharp shooting of the aforementioned players helped Valpo shoot 61.5 percent in the first quarter.
- Schofield connected on another 3 early in the second quarter to build Valpo’s advantage back up to four, but UNI gained the lead before a Stoller jumper put the guests on top 32-31 with 2:10 remaining in a low-scoring second stanza. A triple by UNI’s Nicole Kroeger with seven seconds remaining allowed the Panthers (9-6, 2-1) to finish the first half with the lead at 34-32.
- The third quarter is where the game turned as UNI went on a 21-0 run. The Panther defense held Valpo without a made field goal for the final 9:13 of the period. Meanwhile, UNI shot 69.2 percent in that quarter.
- Hannah Schaub (Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Park Center) and Schofield both had quality fourth quarters, as the two players combined to score 15 of the team’s 16 points and made all five Valpo shots. Their shooting showings helped Valpo bounce back in the final quarter and battle to a 16-16 deadlock within that period.
Inside the Game
- Schofield scored 13 points off the bench on 4-of-7 shooting and 4-of-6 from 3-point distance. She saw 25 minutes of action in her second game back from an injury. She finished three points shy of her career high set in November at Illinois.
- Stoller shared the team lead in scoring with Schofield as she also turned in 13 points. She has scored in double figures in seven of her last eight games and has scored nine points or more in 13 of the team’s 14 contests. On Friday, Stoller went 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.
- Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis. / Hortonville) pulled down five rebounds to share the team lead with Stoller. For Frederick, that was one board shy of a career high.
- Four different Valpo players had multiple assists in the game.
- Valpo held the advantage in 3-point percentage against a team that thrives from beyond the arc, shooting 38.1 percent to UNI’s 34.8 percent.
- UNI’s Mikaela Morgan led all scorers with 15 points, while Ellie Howell was the game’s top rebounder with eight.
Valpo (4-10, 0-2) will continue the Iowa road swing with a visit to MVC preseason favorite Drake on Sunday afternoon with the tip slated for 2 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and can also be heard on 95.1 FM Valparaiso. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available.