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Stats at a GlanceBradValpo
FG Percentage.449 (22-49) .321 (18-56)
3P FG Percentage.333 (7-21) .269 (7-26)
FT Percentage.833 (10-12) .471 (8-17)
Offensive Rebounds911
Defensive Rebounds3218
Total Rebounds4129
Bench Points1215
PointsHaack - 20
Frederick - 11
ReboundsMarsh - 8
White - 7
AssistsKoenig - 4
White - 4
White - 4
StealsMarsh - 2
White - 3
Weinman - 3
BlocksPetree - 3
Morrison - 2
Women’s Basketball Falls in Finale Versus Bradley
Friday, February 5, 2021
Women’s Basketball Falls in Finale Versus Bradley

The Valpo women’s basketball team finished out the first half of MVC play with a split of its series against Bradley, as the visiting Braves used a 23-9 second quarter advantage to propel themselves to a 61-51 victory in the finale Friday evening at the ARC.

How It Happened

  • The two teams battled for control early on, with seven lead changes in the first quarter. Senior Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) helped spur the Valpo offense early on, scoring seven points over the game’s opening seven minutes.
  • Valpo pushed its lead to 18-13 with 35 seconds to play in the period on a 3-point play from freshman Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH), and looked like it might be able to extend the lead with possession and the shot clock off, but a turnover allowed Bradley to hit a free throw in the final seconds and make it 18-14 at the end of the quarter.
  • A driving layup from Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) with 6:58 to play in the first half returned the lead to Valpo after Bradley had battled back to tie the game at 21.
  • But following Dunson’s basket, the Braves went on a 16-1 run over the next six and a half minutes to take control. A 3-pointer just before the buzzer from junior Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) finally stopped Valpo’s cold streak from the floor and cut Bradley’s lead to 37-27 at intermission.
  • Another 3-pointer from Frederick on Valpo’s first possession of the second half made it a seven-point game, and the Brown and Gold twice got the deficit to five points in the third quarter. But the first time, Bradley got a 3-point play to extend its lead and the second time, the Braves responded with seven straight points to close the third quarter with a 51-39 lead.
  • Valpo could get no closer than nine points in the fourth quarter.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo split three of its four back-to-backs in the first half of MVC play, only getting swept by a top-25 Missouri State squad.
  • The series with the Braves concluded a first half of MVC play in which Valpo played eight of its nine games against top-100 NET teams. Valpo’s second-half schedule features just two games against a top-100 opponent.
  • Valpo was held to 32.1% shooting from the floor Friday and was just 7-of-26 from 3-point range, one day after matching its program single-game record with 17 triples.
  • Frederick led Valpo with 11 points, but was just 4-of-12 from the field.
  • Morrison finished with 10 points and a pair of blocked shots, in the process becoming just the fourth player in program history to rack up 100 career rejections.
  • Senior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) paced Valpo with seven rebounds and four assists, while sharing team-high honors with junior Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) as the duo each tallied three steals.
  • After owning a +12 advantage in the turnover column on Thursday, Valpo finished Friday’s contest +9. The Brown and Gold forced 21 turnovers by the Braves, matching the second-most that they’ve forced in a game this season.

Next Up

Valpo (7-9, 3-6 MVC) kicks off the second half of MVC play with a two-game series at Indiana State, beginning next Saturday, Feb. 13. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN3 or ESPN+.