Four Valparaiso University women’s basketball players reached double figures, but visiting UNI escaped the Athletics-Recreation Center with a 64-56 victory on Sunday. The game featured six ties and nine lead changes.
How It Happened
- The game was a defensive struggle in the early going as both teams had difficulty putting the ball in the hole. Addison Stoller (Cissna Park, Ill. / Cissna Park) scored Valpo’s first field goal at the 5:55 mark, but UNI had scored just five points so that cut the lead to 5-3. A three-point play by Shay Frederick (Greensville, Wis. / Hortonville) put Valpo on top 6-5 a moment later.
- Points remained hard to come by for the duration of the quarter as the two teams were deadlocked at nine through 10 minutes. The teams went a combined 1-for-12 from beyond the arc in the opening period. UNI turned it over eight times, while Valpo committed four turnovers.
- Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind. / Westview) connected on a 3-pointer with 5:59 left in the second quarter to put Valpo ahead 16-14. That was Valpo’s first made triple of the day.
- The game went to halftime with UNI leading 23-21 after the Panthers outscored Valpo 14-12 in the second. Valpo was held to 1-of-10 from the beyond the arc in the first half, while UNI committed 12 first-half turnovers.
- Senior Allison Schofield (McCordsville, Ind. / Heritage Christian) drilled a triple with 8:30 left in the third quarter to put Valpo ahead 26-24, but the Panthers (15-8, 8-3) went on a 9-0 run to grab a seven-point edge by the 6:01 mark. Valpo pulled within two, but by quarter’s end the UNI lead was back up to eight at 41-33.
- The lead reached 11 with 4:20 to go in the fourth, and UNI led by no fewer than eight the rest of the way. Valpo played the Panthers even in the fourth as both teams scored 23 points. Meredith Hamlet (McBain, Mich. / McBain) exploded for 12 fourth-quarter points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Inside the Game
- Valpo finished with four players in double figures, the first time since Jan. 20 vs. Evansville that feat has occurred. Hamlet led the way with 17 points, while Stoller (11), Hales (11) and Schofield (10) all joined her with 10 or more.
- Stoller finished with a team-high seven rebounds, while Hamlet led the team with three steals.
- Valpo forced UNI into 19 turnovers, the third straight game a Valpo opponent has turned it over 19 times.
- The eight-point loss showed progress from the first meeting between the two teams when UNI prevailed 71-52 on Jan. 11 in Cedar Falls.
- Hamlet’s 17 points were a game high, while Karli Rucker led UNI with 14 points. Bre Gunnels had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- Valpo held UNI to just 22.2 percent from 3-point range at 6-of-27.
Valpo will hit the road on Friday for a date with Evansville that begins at 6 p.m. CT at Meeks Family Fieldhouse. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available.