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Valpo Cruises Past Huntington in Exhibition Play
Mallory Ladd recorded a double-double in the exhibition win over Huntington. (Ray Acevedo)
Mallory Ladd recorded a double-double in the exhibition win over Huntington. (Ray Acevedo)
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11/1/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 293
1st2ndFinal
Huntington151227
Valparaiso364177
Stats at a GlanceHCVALPO
FG Percentage.159 (10-63) .436 (34-78)
3P FG Percentage.091 (2-22) .267 (4-15)
FT Percentage1.000 (5-5) .556 (5-9)
Offensive Rebounds1119
Defensive Rebounds2841
Total Rebounds3960
Turnovers2114
Steals611
Bench Points1532
Statistical LeadersHCVALPO
PointsFOLEY - 8
LADD - 18
ReboundsGREEN - 13
LADD - 17
AssistsMEESE - 2
SCOTT - 7
StealsGREENE - 3
SCOTT - 2
RICHARDS - 2
VARNER - 2
LADD - 2
BlocksDAVENPORT - 1
GREEN - 1
GREENE - 1
CARR - 1
SCOTT - 1
Ashley Varner returned to the floor scoring 17 points on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner returned to the floor scoring 17 points on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Mallory Ladd (Evansville, Ind./Memorial H.S.) scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in her Valparaiso debut and the Crusaders limited Huntington to just 15.9% shooting from the floor as the Crusaders cruised to a 77-27 exhibition victory on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.  “We had three freshmen on the floor and they all have an enthusiasm to play.  All of our freshmen have the ability to contribute.”

Ladd made 9-of-14 shots from the floor, picked up three offensive boards, and added two steals in 20 minutes of action in her first action as a freshman. 

“Mallory is getting better every day in practice,” Freeman added.  “She hasn’t had any let up in any one of our 21 practices to date.  She has a passion to play basketball.”

The Crusaders struggled early, missing their first 10 shots from the floor while falling behind 5-0 over the game’s first four minutes.  A Ladd put-back basket broke the ice for Valpo, as the Brown and Gold scored the next nine points and never trailed the rest of the way. 

A 16-2 run over eight minutes midway through the first half broke the game open, and Valpo scored the final 11 points of the opening stanza as the Crusaders took a 36-15 lead into the locker room.

Valpo made seven of its first nine shots in the second half as part of a 25-2 run to build a 65-22 advantage at the 8:22 mark and never looked back.

Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) scored 17 points in her first action in over a year after missing all of 2010-2011 with a knee injury.  She added four rebounds and a pair of assists in 28 minutes on the floor.

“If you have guts and character you take the hard knocks in life and come back stronger,” Freeman said.  “Ashley took a hit and has come back from a tough injury stronger.  She’s tougher now for going through hit.  We need her on the floor and we’re going to challenge her.”

Maegan Callaway (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) added 10 points while Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) chipped in nine points and 12 boards.  Freshman Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) contributed eight points and a team-high seven assists.

Taylor Foley led Huntington with eight points while Kelsey Green added 13 rebounds for the Foresters.

“Huntington College has a lot of their core kids back this year,” Freeman concluded.  “They are ranked 13th in the nation preseason in NAIA.  Coach (Lori) Culler has done a great job with their program.”

Valparaiso will wrap up exhibition play on Saturday afternoon hosting Saint Joseph’s (Ind.).  Tip-off is slated for 1:35 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

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
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