Not all victories are created equal. Some wins are of the ho-hum variety, while other wins leave jaws dropped in their wake as fans try to process what they just witnessed. Friday’s Valpo women’s basketball game at the ARC was certainly a win of the latter variety, as the Brown and Gold rallied from down 11 points with three minutes to play for a heart-stopping 66-64 win over Loyola, capped by a game-winning three-point play from sophomore Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) with 5.2 seconds remaining.
The Valpo women’s basketball team closes out its three-game homestand at the ARC on Friday evening as it hosts Loyola. Valpo looks to continue its recent advantage in the series between the two programs, as it has won four of its five matchups against the Ramblers since joining the MVC.
The positive takeaways from last weekend's pair of games, the strong play recently of Caitlin Morrison and Grace Hales, and the improvement of the MVC women's basketball programs as a whole over the past couple years are among the topics on this edition of Valpo Basketball Weekly with women's basketball head coach Mary Evans.
The challenging run through the Missouri Valley Conference continued Sunday afternoon at the ARC for the Valpo women’s basketball program, as first-place Bradley – which entered the day among the top-80 nationally in RPI – paid the Brown and Gold a visit. Valpo hung tough with the Braves, trailing by just four at the half, but Bradley eventually pulled away in the second half for a 75-61 win. Junior Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) led Valpo and set a career high with 15 points in the losing effort.
The Valpo women’s basketball team continues its three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon at the ARC as it welcomes Bradley to town. The Brown and Gold will look to knock off the first-place Braves, who enter Sunday’s matchup as the MVC’s lone remaining unbeaten team in conference play.
A 10-point run to end the first quarter proved to be too much for the Valpo women’s basketball team to overcome Friday evening at the ARC, as the Brown and Gold battled in an attempt to rally over the final three quarters before succumbing to visiting Illinois State, 72-60.
Coming off consecutive road victories in MVC play last weekend, the Valpo women’s basketball team opens up a three-game stretch at home Friday evening when it hosts Illinois State at the ARC. With a win, Valpo would move above .500 in MVC play for the first time since joining the conference.
Following a pair of strong performances to help the Valpo women’s basketball team earn its first two-game weekend sweep since joining the Missouri Valley Conference, sophomore Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) has been named the MVC Newcomer of the Week.
The Valpo women’s basketball team extended its longest road winning streak since 2005 and earned its first two-game sweep of a conference road weekend since 2008 as it capped the swing through its fellow Indiana schools with an 88-66 victory at Evansville Sunday afternoon. The Brown and Gold matched a season high with 14 3-pointers in the win and registered a season-best 21 steals, tying the most by a Valpo squad in a single game since 1995.