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Valpo Falls to Youngstown State at Home Thursday
Betsy Adams led Valpo with 20 points in the loss. (Ray Acevedo)
Betsy Adams led Valpo with 20 points in the loss. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) scored 20 points for the fifth time this season, but was the lone Crusader in double figures on Thursday night as Valparaiso dropped a 61-55 decision to Youngstown State at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Adams hit four of nine triples while finishing with 20 points in the contest but the Crusaders committed 19 turnovers which led to 25 Penguin points.  Valpo fell behind by double figures in the game’s first five minutes but were able to close within two during the second half as Youngstown State also grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the contest.

“I felt we got beat in two areas tonight,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Our guards turned the ball over way too much and we lost points off turnovers by 15 (25-10).  Also, their two posts (Brandi Brown and Tieara Jones) got 14 offensive boards between them.  Our lack of an ability to box those two out along with handling the ball with sureness cost us.”

An early 11-0 run by Youngstown State gave the Penguins a 16-3 lead as Brown scored nine points for the visitors in the first five minutes.

The Crusaders battled back, utilizing a 10-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to three, 18-15, at the 6:40 mark as the Valpo defense held the Penguins scoreless for four-and-a-half minutes. 

Youngstown State pushed the lead back to eight again before, 28-20, before the Crusaders made another late run, closing to within 30-26 at the break following an Adams triple.

Valpo cut the deficit to two, 32-30, at the 17:01 mark of the second half after four straight points from Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.)., but that would be as close as the Crusaders would get the rest of the way.

Six straight points gave the Penguins an eight point lead again, and the advantage stayed between five and seven for most of the second half.  A layup inside by Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) brought Valpo within three for the final time with 6:14 to play before Youngstown State against scored the game’s next four points.

Brown finished with 29 points and 18 rebounds for Youngstown State (3-13, 1-4 Horizon) while Kenya Middlebrooks added 13 points.  Jones had five offensive boards as part of her seven rebound night.

“There were lots of possessions, even off of missed free throws, where they got two or three offensive rebounds,” said Freeman.

Gerardot and Lange both had eight points for the Crusaders, with Gerardot also pulling down nine rebounds.

The Penguins made 20-of-35 from the free throw line while Valpo was just 5-of-7 for the night.

“We fouled a lot which is a result of bad defense,” Freeman added.  “I felt like we were the second aggressor.  We don’t get fouled because we avoid contact and shoot fadeaways.”

Valparaiso (3-13, 0-4) will remain at home on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Cleveland State.  Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m. at the ARC.

Game Notes: Adams has scored 15 or more points in 11 of 16 games this year and is now averaging a team-leading 14.4 points per night … Adams now has 119 career three-pointers, moving into a tie for 10th all-time at Valpo with Amy Cole (1987-1991) … Adams played all 40 minutes for the second time this year … Youngstown State leads the all-time series 15-13 … Valpo is 9-5 against the Penguins at the ARC.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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