December 02, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
MIAMI (Ohio)2222161575
Stats at a GlanceMIAMIVALPO
FG Percentage.466 (27-58) .368 (21-57)
3P FG Percentage.333 (5-15) .333 (10-30)
FT Percentage.727 (16-22) .800 (20-25)
Offensive Rebounds1716
Defensive Rebounds2116
Total Rebounds3832
Bench Points1825
PointsREID - 18
ReboundsTEAM - 7
AssistsHORVATH - 3
REID - 3
StealsFORD - 1
BlocksRICHTER - 2
Slow Start Haunts Valpo in 75-72 Loss to RedHawks
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Slow Start Haunts Valpo in 75-72 Loss to RedHawks
Hannah Schaub distributed five assists opposite just one turnover Wednesday versus Miami (Ohio). (Ian Olive)

For the second time in as many games, a valiant comeback attempt from the Valpo women's basketball team just wasn't enough to erase a first-quarter hole. Miami (Ohio) outscored the Crusaders 22-11 in the first quarter, and needed every bit of the surplus to hang on for a 75-72 victory Wednesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. 

Senior Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) scored the first two points of the game just four seconds after the opening tip. Valpo went silent from the field while the RedHawks rattled off a 10-0 run to seize an early double-digit edge.

The margin swelled to as many as 17 points in the second quarter, but freshmen Meredith Hamlet (McBain, Mich./McBain) and Hannah Schaub (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Park Center) nailed a quartet of free throws late in the period to draw it to 44-31 at the intermission.

Halftime adjustments emboldened Valpo to trim the deficit to single digits following a pair of successful foul shots by Imani Scott-Thompson (Akron, Ohio/Firestone [Dakota College at Bottineau]) at the three-minute mark. The final eight points of the stanza came from the charity stripe, a by-product of a contest that saw 42 fouls.

The Crusaders trailed 60-48 entering the fourth quarter.

Valpo saved its most inspired play for the final span. 

Chasing as many as ten points as late as the five-minute mark, Dean sank a triple to bring it to 70-63. Miami's Baleigh Reid, who matched Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington)'s 18-point output, and Jasmyn Walker (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores) traded jumpers before Dean made it 72-67 thanks to a layup. 

Schaub made a timely steal on the other end of the court to regain possession of the ball heading into the final two minutes. 

Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) beat the shot clock with a sleek drive and left-handed lay-in to make it a one-possession game. The RedHawks knocked down a trio of free throws to push the advantage back to six, but Franklin splashed her fourth trey of the night to again make it a one-score tilt.

Valpo had three attempts from the perimeter in the final 40 seconds, but were unable to seal the gap. Miller's desperation shot from the corner a half-second ahead of the buzzer hit the side of the backboard to deny overtime.

Franklin was 4-of-11 from three-point range to finish with 18 points. Walker posted 11 points and 11 rebounds, collecting her second straight double-double. Freshman Amber Lindfors (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) swatted six shots - all in the first half - as she exerted her will on the defensive end of the court. The six blocks represents the third-most ever in a game by a Crusader. Only Michelle Mader (1992) recorded more in a Valpo uniform.

Dean finished with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Hamlet chipped in 12 points, and Schaub tallied five assists opposite one turnover. 

Miami received 18 points from Reid and 16 from Molly McDonagh. 

Valpo (0-5) will travel to Kentucky on Saturday to face Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center at 3:00 pm CT. The Cardinals were ranked #8 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll. WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) will have the call with live video also available. Links to the audio, video, and live stats are available at