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Western Illinois Tops Valpo in Mid-Con Semis

Monday, March 06, 2006

Western Illinois scored the first 14 points of the second half as the Westerwinds ended Valparaiso's season on Monday afternoon with a 57-40 victory over the Crusaders in the semifinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

The game started as the defensive struggle it was billed to be. Western Illinois held a slim 6-4 lead at the 11:42 mark as Valpo started just 2-of-13 from the floor. The Crusader defense forced five turnovers in the first eight minutes though to keep it close.

Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) tied the game at eight scoring in the lane at the 7:44 mark and Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) put the Crusaders in front with her three from the right wing a minute later and the defense continued to shine, holding the Westerwinds scoreless for nearly six minutes.

A 6-0 run by Western Illinois put the top-seed back in front by three at the 4:32 mark. A basket by Stephanie Lovingood capped a 12-2 run that pushed the lead to 20-13 at 1:53. Valpo closed the half without a field goal in the final 6:39 as the Westerwinds took a 22-16 lead into the break.

Valpo shot just 20% (5-of-25) in the first half and committed nine turnovers while Western Illinois connected on 43.5% (10-of-23) while turning it over ten times.

The Westerwinds held Valpo scoreless for the first eight minutes of the second half building a 36-16 lead. A Braun putback ended a 14-and-a-half minute drought from the field. Rietema scored on the next possession, and then, after a steal, Braun cut it to 14.

Western Illinois pushed the lead back to 19 at the 8:40 mark, 46-27 and the lead never got below 13 the rest of the way.

Braun fouled out of the game with 4:50 to play, finishing with ten points and 12 rebounds to lead the Crusaders. She moved over the 800 point and 600 board marks for her career finishing the year with 803 points and 604 career rebounds.

Gutowski added eight points and tied her career high with seven boards in her final game in a Crusader uniform. She finished her career with 822 points, 20th all-time, and ranks fourth with 151 career three-point field goals.

Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) and Mayella Kuikhoven (Almelo, Netherlands/Saint Canisius H.S.) saw their careers come to an end as well. Bechtold finishes tied for third all-time having played in 120 games and sixth with 287 assists.

Lovingood led Western Illinois (23-5) with 16 points and six rebounds while Sarah Miller added 12 points. Zane Teilane had 11 points and seven boards for the Westerwinds.

Valpo sees its season come to a close with a 16-13 record while Western Illinois advances to Tuesday's championship game.
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo