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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 Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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