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Butler Tops Valpo 66-52 Saturday Night
Raegan Moore led Valpo with 15 points on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Raegan Moore led Valpo with 15 points on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) came off the bench to score 15 points for Valparaiso on Saturday night, but it was not enough as Butler defeated the Crusaders 66-52 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Moore scored 13 of her 15 points before intermission to help keep Valpo close, but the Bulldogs shot 48.1% from the floor over the final 20 minutes and used a 16-2 run early in the second half to earn the Horizon League victory.

“Most of our games are being decided within a margin of six to eight points,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We’re giving up too many points with our mental approach to the game.  If we do the things that we are able to control, tonight could have been a much tighter game.”

The Crusaders kept the game close for most of the first half, tying the game at 19 with 6:10 to go before the break on a lay-in by Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala Wladyslawa H.S.).  Butler scored the game’s next seven points though, and eventually took a 30-25 lead into the locker room.

A Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) bucket cut the deficit to three to start the second half before Butler went on its big run, building a 46-29 lead with over the next four minutes.

An Adams triple with 9:40 left brought Valpo within 11, 51-40, and the Crusaders three straight possessions to cut the lead to single digits, but were not able to do so.

The Bulldogs pushed the lead back to 17, 63-46, with 2:54 to play on the way to the win.

Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) was the only other Crusader to tally double figures, scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high eight rebounds as Valpo shot just 31.3% from the floor for the game.  The Crusaders were just 7-of-14 from the free throw line as well.

Melanie Thornton led Butler (14-7, 7-3 Horizon), and all scorers with 17 points while pulling down nine rebounds.  The Bulldogs shot 42.6% from the field on the night.

Valparaiso (6-15, 3-7) will continue its three-game homestand on Thursday evening, hosting Cleveland State.  Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the ARC.

Game Notes: Moore’s 15 points marked the first time as a collegian she’s had back-to-back double figure scoring games … Valpo grabbed 14 offensive rebounds … Butler leads the all-time series 18-5 and snapped a three-game Valpo winning streak at the ARC … before the game Amber Schober (1998-2002) and Lynda (Kukla) Pinnow (1988-1992) were inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.

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