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Stats at a GlanceVALPOWIU
FG Percentage.415 (22-53) .421 (24-57)
3P FG Percentage.261 (6-23) .269 (7-26)
FT Percentage.739 (17-23) .757 (28-37)
Offensive Rebounds710
Defensive Rebounds2627
Total Rebounds3337
Bench Points4018
PointsJohnston - 16
Thorpe - 19
ReboundsEarnest - 10
TEAM - 10
Thorpe - 6
Chevre - 6
Deets - 6
AssistsSaunders - 4
Thorpe - 4
StealsInterrante - 2
Thorpe - 4
Lutz - 4
BlocksThorpe - 1
Dins - 1
Chevre - 1
McDermott - 1
Interrante, Johnston Post Career Highs Friday
Friday, December 9, 2022
Interrante, Johnston Post Career Highs Friday
Jayda Johnston blew past her previous career best with 16 points Friday.

Valpo women’s basketball juniors Jayda Johnston (Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area) and Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) each smashed their career best in the scoring column Friday evening as the Beacons dropped an 83-67 decision at Western Illinois.

How It Happened

  • Valpo led a couple minutes into the game, 6-2, but WIU held the Beacons to just one field goal over the next six minutes during an 18-4 run which gave the Leathernecks a double-digit lead. Western Illinois led 27-16 at the end of the first quarter.
  • Johnston scored seven points in the second quarter alone as she surpassed her previous career best in scoring. The Leathernecks outscored Valpo in the period however, 23-12, to extend their lead to 50-28 at halftime.
  • WIU scored the first three points of the third quarter to extend their lead to 25 points before Interrante entered the game and immediately nailed a 3-pointer as part of a nine-point quarter.
  • All nine of Interrante’s points in the period came as part of a 15-4 run after she entered the game, a stretch which also included two 3-pointers from junior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH). A layup by Interrante with 4:36 to play in the quarter brought Valpo back within 57-43.
  • The Beacons got no closer than 14 points the remainder of the period, but ended up trailing just 68-52 with 10 minutes to play.
  • Senior Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) finished at the rim on Valpo’s first possession of the fourth quarter, and after a miss by the Leathernecks, Interrante hit yet another 3-pointer to make it an 11-point game.
  • Valpo actually had a shot to cut the deficit to single digits on its next trip, as WIU failed to convert on its end of the court, but a Beacon 3-pointer was off the mark. Following Interrante’s triple, the Beacons went scoreless for a six-minute span as WIU closed out the win.

Inside the Game

  • Johnston surpassed her previous career high of six points early in the second quarter Friday and finished with a team-best 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and four rebounds in 32 minutes of action off the bench.
  • Meanwhile, Interrante’s third-quarter output of nine points broke her previous career best by itself. All 15 of the junior’s points came in the second half, as she hit 5-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
  • Earnest registered her fourth double-double of the season on Friday, scoring 10 points and leading all players with 10 rebounds.
  • After shooting just 9-of-26 from the field in the first half, Valpo shot nearly 50% (13-of-27) in the second half. The Beacons also were 6-of-14 from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes after going without a triple in the opening 20 minutes.
  • Western Illinois took advantage of an edge at the charity stripe, going 28-of-37 from the foul line to Valpo’s 17-of-23. The Leathernecks also forced 22 Valpo turnovers and committed just 11 miscues, finishing with an 18-5 edge in points off turnovers.

Next Up

Valpo (2-6) has 13 days between games, as the Beacons won’t return to competition until Thursday, Dec. 22 with a game at Wisconsin at 4 p.m.