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Valpo Women Drop First League Game against Cleveland State
Betsy Adams scored a career-high 14 points Monday night in the loss.
Betsy Adams scored a career-high 14 points Monday night in the loss.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Cleveland State used a 25-7 run midway through the first half to take a double-digit lead and never allowed Valparaiso to get closer than nine the rest of the way as the Vikings handed the Crusaders their first Horizon League loss of the season, 68-55, on Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Valparaiso shot just 27% from the floor for the game while Cleveland State made 58% of its shots, including shooting 65% in the first half to break the game open.

“Cleveland State ran good offense tonight and we had trouble shutting them down,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “We didn’t run good offense and out starting perimeter players shot 4-of-32.”

Valpo never led by more than four points early on, and following a Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) jumper at the 12:20 mark of the first half, tied the game for the final time on the evening, 13-13.  From there Cleveland State went on the big run over the next nine minutes to take an 18-point lead, 38-20, and eventually took a 17-point advantage into the locker room.

The Vikings connected on 15-of-23 from the floor in the first half, including 6-of-9 from three-point range.  Jessica Roque scored 13 points in the stanza, including hitting a pair of triples during the spurt.

The Crusaders tried to cut into the deficit to start the second half, scoring the first six points, but Cleveland State  After the Viking lead grew to 19, 58-39, Valpo tried to make one last run.  Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) drained a three and Adams scored six straight points to bring the Brown and Gold within 10 at the 7:52 mark. responded with seven in a row to push the lead back to 18 at the 15:20 mark.

Another Adams three with 6:33 to play cut the lead to single digits for the first time since the 4:54 mark of the first half, but the Vikings would not allow Valpo to get any closer the rest of the way.

The Crusaders shot just 24% from the floor in the second half, making just 4-of-19 shots from inside the three-point arc.

Adams finished the night with a career high 14 points for the Crusaders, including making 3-of-5 from three-point range.  Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) also had 14 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.  Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) had nine points and six assists as well for Valpo.

“Betsy is a good basketball player,” commented Freeman.  “She got some open shots tonight and was able to knock them down.”

Roque led Cleveland State (7-7, 1-1 Horizon League) with 17 points while Shawnita Garland added 15.  Dominique Butler tallied a double-double, scoring 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Stephanie Crosley also scored 12 points and had nine boards.

Valpo did hold Kailey Klein, the Horizon League’s leading scorer, averaging 19.8 points per game entering the contest, to just seven on the night.

“We did a good job on their star (Klein) and their other kids just stepped up,” added Freeman.

Valparaiso (6-6, 1-1) will take to the road on Thursday evening heading to Dayton, Ohio to battle Wright State  Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CST at the Nutter Center, with all the action carried live on sportsjuice.com.  The game can also be seen live on the Horizon League Network. (5-8, 1-1).

Game Notes: Hochstetler now has 287 career assists, one shy of Lauren Bechtold’s (2002-2006) sixth place mark all-time at Valpo … the Crusaders grabbed 19 offensive rebounds but had just 11 second chance points … Cleveland State committed 27 turnovers in the game … the Vikings also made all 10 free throw attempts … Valpo leads the all-time series 11-4, but is just 4-4 against the Vikings at the ARC.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
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
W 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
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