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Valpo Celebrates Senior Day Victory over Milwaukee
Raegan Moore led Valpo with 16 points on Saturday afternoon. (Ray Acevedo)
Raegan Moore led Valpo with 16 points on Saturday afternoon. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Led by a balanced scoring attack which saw five Crusaders score in double figures, Valparaiso closed out the home portion of the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a 70-58 victory over Milwaukee on Senior Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Freshman Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) led the way for the Crusaders with 16 points while grabbing eight rebounds and Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) added 13 points and a team-high seven boards.

“Raegan was able to get back into her rhythm after the injury,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

Trailing 9-4 early in the first half, Valpo ran off eight straight points, capped by a triple from Moore, to take its first lead of the game at the 13:00 mark.

The game stayed tight until a 13-1 Crusader run over three minutes, including seven points by Varner, gave Valpo a 29-18 lead with 16:16 to play before the break.

Milwaukee closed to within 38-30 at halftime.  Valpo shot 50% from the floor and was 5-of-12 from long range in the first half to offset 10 offensive boards by the Panthers which led to 10 second chance points.

Valpo struggled to score coming out of halftime, missing its first nine shots and allowing the Panthers to cut the lead to 39-34 at the 15:46 mark, the closest Milwaukee would get in the second half.

The Crusaders pushed the lead back to 11 before the visitors made one late run, closing to within six with five minutes to play.  A Varner rebound and putback stopped the momentum and allowed Valpo to rebuild its lead for the stretch run. 

“Varner made a big play with her putback and basket,” Freeman said.  “I liked how she came off the bench and provided us with a spark today.”

Valpo made 10-of-12 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Kelly Watts (Gary, Ill./East Chicago Central H.S.) came off of the bench to score 12 points while Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) had 11 points and Rashida Ray (Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding H.S.) added 10 more.

“Watts did a good job running the floor and getting in the low post,” Freeman said.  “Whitney did a nice job defensively cutting off the baseline and being physical while Rashida Ray did a good job off of the bench to give us a boost.”

Valpo was able to offset 28.1% shooting in the second half by forcing 22 turnovers by Milwaukee in the game, including 12 in the final 20 minutes.  Fifteen of the turnovers came by way of steals, including a career-high for Farris on Senior Day.

“Our ability to press led to the 13-turnover advantage we had,” Freeman said as Valpo made just nine on the afternoon.

Sami Tucker led Milwaukee (10-17, 5-11 Horizon) with 17 points and seven rebounds.  Danielle Jorgensen had 10 points, 19 boards, five assists, and five blocks for the Panthers.

Valpo outscored Milwaukee 51-22 off of the bench and held Milwaukee to just 35.7% shooting, including just 1-of-11 from three-point range in the first half.

Valparaiso (8-19, 5-11) has now moved into a tie with Milwaukee for eighth place in the Horizon League standings, and will head to the Windy City for a pair of games next weekend to wrap up the regular season.  The road trip begins on Thursday as the Crusaders take on Loyola (Chicago) with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.

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