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Loyola Derails Valpo's Rally in Closing Seconds
Whitney Farris scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half, including this lay-in. (Ray Acevedo)
Whitney Farris scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half, including this lay-in. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Valparaiso fought back from an 11-point second half deficit and had a lead late, but Katie Kortekamp’s three-pointer with 8.9 seconds remaining gave Loyola (Chicago) a 62-61 victory over the Crusaders on Thursday night at the Gentile Center in Chicago, Ill.

The Crusaders started quick from the floor, scoring the game’s first six points on triples from Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) and Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.).  Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) kept possessions alive for Valpo in the first five minutes as well, grabbing four of her six first half boards, including three on the offensive end.

Loyola answered with a 13-9 run, making 5-of-6 from the floor during the span to take a 15-8 lead at the 10:32 mark following Keisha Collins’ basket.  The Ramblers were taking advantage of Valpo turnovers, as the Crusaders made nine miscues in the first nine minutes of the game.

An 8-0 run by the Brown and Gold, keyed by back-to-back triples by Farris, put Valpo on top 16-15 at the 7:31 mark.  The game stayed close, and was tied at 20 until Loyola ran off nine of the next 10 points to retake the lead and took a 33-24 advantage into the locker room.

The Ramblers built the lead to 11, 37-26, shortly out of the locker room before Valpo went on a big run.  A Varner triple pulled the Crusader within six, 37-31, and when Watts scored inside Valpo was within two, 39-35.  A Varner putback brought Valpo within two before Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) took over.

Kenney scored 10 straight Crusader points, including her layup at the 12:29 mark to give Valpo the lead 42-41.  The senior scored again inside and then added a free throw to cap a 17-4 spurt, and Valpo had a 45-41 lead.

Loyola tied the game at 45, and then back-to-back triples by Ellen Ayoub and Maggie McCloskey put the Ramblers back on top by six, 53-47, with 7:29 to play.

Farris’ fourth three of the game pulled Valpo within one, 53-52, and when Kenney scored down low at the 4:27 mark, Valpo took a 56-55 lead.

Kenney, who scored 16 of her game-high 18 points  in the second half, gave Valpo a five-point advantage after scoring inside twice in a row, the second coming with 1:36 to play.

“Lauren did a good job making herself a target in transition,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

An Ayoub three-pointer on a third shot attempt with 46.2 seconds left cut the Valpo to 61-59.  Valpo then came down, and Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) had an open triple, but missed as the shot clock wound down with 19 seconds to play.

“We ran that play the last three times down the floor and scored,” Freeman said.  “Laura took the right shot, and it was a good shot.”

Loyola came down and Kortekamp drained the game-winning shot from the left side with 8.9 seconds to play.  Valpo had one last shot, but Farris’ 10-footer in the lane rimmed out.

“We still had a chance at the end if we could have executed,” Freeman added.  “I’m comfortable with what we did when we went to the rim.”

Farris and Varner each scored 15 points for the Crusaders in addition to Kenney’s 18, with Varner also pulling down nine rebounds.  Valpo shot 60.9% from the floor in the second half.

“Offensively Whitney shot the ball very well,” Freeman concluded.  “We got very good production from our four posts – Farris, Kenney, Watts, and Varner.”

Collins led Loyola (15-13, 9-8 Horizon) with 14 points while Ayoub added 13 points and nine rebounds off of the bench.  Kortekamp finished with 12 pints and Brittany Boeke had 10 more as four Ramblers scored in double figures.

Valparaiso (8-20, 5-12) will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders return to Chicago to face UIC.  Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.

Game Notes: Farris scored in double figures for the fifth straight game … Farris made a career-high four triples … Kenney finished 7-of-8 from the floor while Watts was 4-of-5 … Valpo leads the all-time series 15-2 … Loyola’s win snapped a four-game Valpo win treak in the series.

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. 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