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#12/9 Green Bay Downs Valpo to Close First Half
Play Video Gina Lange looks for the ball in the low post on her way to a career high 18 points. (Ray Acevedo)
Gina Lange looks for the ball in the low post on her way to a career high 18 points. (Ray Acevedo)
#12/9 Green Bay (19-0,9-0 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (5-15,1-8 Horizon)
1/28/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 457
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#12/9 Green Bay412465
Valparaiso172037
Stats at a GlanceGBVALPO
FG Percentage.355 (22-62) .359 (14-39)
3P FG Percentage.190 (4-21) .000 (0-9)
FT Percentage.850 (17-20) .563 (9-16)
Offensive Rebounds158
Defensive Rebounds2028
Total Rebounds3536
Turnovers926
Steals135
Bench Points154
Statistical LeadersGBVALPO
PointsWOJTA - 19
LANGE - 18
ReboundsWOJTA - 10
LANGE - 9
AssistsEICHLER - 4
TIMMERMAN - 3
StealsWOJTA - 4
RICHARDS - 2
TIMMERMAN - 2
Blocks
Tabitha Gerardot looks around a Green Bay defender. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot looks around a Green Bay defender. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Valparaiso wrapped up the first half of Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 65-37 game to #12/9 Green Bay at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) scored a career high 18 points and matched a season high with nine rebounds to lead the Crusaders.

“Gina certainly stepped up her offensive production today,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.  “You have to be in great physical condition to compete with Green Bay and Gina is one of our top kids in terms of conditioning.”

Green Bay scored seven of the game’s first nine points before back-to-back jumpers by Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) and Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) pulled the Crusaders within 9-6.  That would be as close as Valpo would get though as the Phoenix went on an 18-2 run over five minutes to take a 19-point advantage.

The Phoenix lead grew to 24 at halftime, 41-17 as Green Bay turned 15 Valpo turnovers into 20 points.

“We did a good job all game long defending them in the half court,” Freeman added.  The difference was the points off of turnovers and their second chances.”

The margin stayed between 22 and 30 throughout the second half as Green Bay (19-0, 9-0 Horizon) remained one of the two unbeaten teams remaining in the country.

Julie Wojta led the Phoenix with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Lydia Bauer added 11 points and Adrian Ritchie chipped in 10 more.

“Green Bay is very well coached and fundamental,” said Freeman.  “Their top seven are very difficult to play against.”

Green Bay shot just 35.5% from the floor for the game, more than 11% below its team average and went just 4-of-21 (19%) from three-point range.  They did make 17-of-20 from the free throw line though.

“We did a pretty good job affecting their shooting percentage from the floor,” commented Freeman.

Varner added nine points for the Crusaders in addition to Lange’s 18-point effort, and grabbed five rebounds to give her 500 for her career.

Valpo shot 35.9% from the floor and finished the game with 26 turnovers.  The Crusaders did outrebound the Phoenix 36-35 but took 23 fewer shots than the visitors.

“They are forcing 27 turnovers per game and they got their average again today,” Freeman said.  “They are as good as anyone you can play in terms of pressuring the basketball and not letting you run offense.  This wraps up the first half of league play and we now have to establish goals for the second round.   We need to get to 60 points in a game and need to improve our offensive efficiency.”

Valparaiso (5-15, 1-8) will open a three-game road trip on Thursday evening against Youngstown State.  Tip-off is set for 6:05 p.m. CST at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

Game Notes: Green Bay leads the all-time series 23-4 and has won eight straight meetings between the two schools … with 500 rebounds, Varner is now tied with Katie Boone (2001-2005) for 14th all-time at Valpo … Lange finished the game 7-of-11 from the floor and has scored 15 or more points in three of her last four games … the 65 points scored by the Phoenix tied the second fewest all season … Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) handed out two assists and now has 250 for her career … Valpo did not make a three-pointer on the afternoon.

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
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