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Braun Scores Career High 27 but Late Free Throws Lift Chicago State Past Valpo

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) scored a career-high 27 points, but Chicago State made a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds left to defeat Valparaiso 58-56 on Thursday night in Chicago, Ill.

Braun connected on 13-of-20 attempts from the floor and also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, six on the offensive end. The 13 field goals tie for the sixth most in school history. The sophomore also blocked four shots.

Trailing 6-5 six minutes into the action, Valpo went on a 10-1 run over the next five and a half minutes. Braun scored twice, and had eight of Valpo's first 12 points in the game, while Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) drained a three to cap the run and put the Crusaders in front 15-7 with 8:40 remaining in the first half. The Brown and Gold's defense held Chicago State without a field goal for two five minute stretches early on.

The Cougars ended the half strong, scoring 11 points in the final 3:27. Back-to-back jumpers by Ayesha Neasley put Chicago State in front late in the half and the Cougars took a 26-24 advantage into the locker room.

Braun scored 14 first half points for Valpo while also grabbing six boards in the stanza. Both teams shot about 37% from the floor, by the Crusaders were hampered by nine first half turnovers.

Chicago State pushed the lead to five early in the second half. Six straight points, four by Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) and a lay-in by Braun put Valpo back in front 41-40 with 10:15 remaining. The Cougars answered, and back-to-back buckets by Neasley and Tina Hill gave Chicago State a 50-47 lead with 5:17 to play.

Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) drained a three from the left corner to tie the game at 55 with 1:45 left. Braun scored inside at the 1:09 mark to put Valpo in front by two, but Hill answered to tie with 46.0 left. After a Crusader miss, Faith Buchanan made two free throw with 15.8 seconds left to put the Cougars in front. Valpo got two looks inside in the final seconds, but were unable to come up with the tying basket.

Rietema scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half for the Crusaders, as Valpo shot 452% in the stanza and 41.4% for the game. The free throw line cost the Brown and Gold though, as Valpo shot just 40% (6-of-15).

Hill led Chicago State (11-12, 6-6 Mid-Con) with 14 points, while Buchanan and Neasley each added 12. Chandra Timberlake grabbed a game-high 12 boards for the Cougars, as the hosts out rebounded Valpo 46-37, including a 18-13 advantage on the offensive end.

With the loss, Valpo falls into a third place tie with Oral Roberts in the Mid-Continent Conference standings. The win for Chicago State was just the third all-time for the Cougars against the Crusaders in 34 meetings.

Valparaiso (13-9, 7-4) will return home on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain first place Western Illinois (15-6, 10-1). Tip-off at the Athletics-Recreation Center is set for 2:05 p.m.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay