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Valpo Rolls to Exhibition Win over Indiana Wesleyan
Kelly Watts scored 17 points and had nine rebounds Monday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Kelly Watts scored 17 points and had nine rebounds Monday night. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, November 09, 2009

Valparaiso shot 60% from the floor and 78.6% from three-point range while forcing 22 Indiana Wesleyan turnovers defensively as the Crusaders wrapped up exhibition play on Monday evening rolling to an 87-46 victory over the Wildcats.

Four Crusaders scored in double figures as Valpo outscored Indiana Wesleyan 42-18 in the point.

“I thought we really did a good job of getting the ball inside,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.  “Defensively we did a good job of contesting their shooters.”

Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) led the Crusaders with 17 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor while making all three of her attempts beyond the arc.  She also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.  Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) pulled down eight boards to go along with her 11 points.

“Kelly plays very hard,” Freeman said.  “She and Varner did a good job of controlling the inside.”

Skyler Gick (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central H.S.) added 14 points and dished out eight assists while committing just two turnovers.

“Skyler sees the floor very well and is a good passer,” added Freeman.

Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala Wladyslawa Andersa H.S.) added 12 points making 5-of-7 from the floor.  Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) just missed double figures with nine points and added five boards.

A 12-0 run late in the first half helped the Crusaders build the lead, as the Brown and Gold took a 39-24 advantage into the locker room.  Valpo continued to pull away during the second half.

Valpo finished the game 33-of-55 from the floor, including 11-of-14 from long range.  Indiana Wesleyan shot just 38.1% for the game, with the Crusaders holding the Wildcats to just 31.8% shooting in the final 20 minutes.

Taylor Goshert led Indiana Wesleyan with 14 points while Kayla Thompsaon added 11 for the visitors.

Valparaiso will open the 2009-2010 regular season on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. against Indiana Tech with the game being available on the Horizon League Network.

 

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