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Miami Topples Valpo 83-71

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Despite a career high 24 points by Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.), Valparaiso ended up on the short end of the score Tuesday evening, as Miami (Ohio) defeated the Crusaders 83-71 in Oxford, Ohio.

Stangler scored 18 of her 24 in the second half, while grabbing eight of her ten rebounds in the stanza as well, but Valpo could not overcome three RedHawks that scored in double figures.

Early on the lead changed hands eight times, and the score was tied at 22 with 7:16 to play before Miami took the lead for good. Colleen Day scored eight of the RedHawks next ten points and Kim Lancaster scored the last four points of the half as Miami built a 39-32 lead at intermission.

The lead expanded to nine at the beginning of the second half, but Valpo fought back, and after Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) hit a jumper with 16:17 remaining, the Crusaders capped off an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to just 43-40.

Three times Miami pushed the lead back to either eight or nine, and each time the Crusaders responded, cutting it back to four twice and six the third time. An 8-0 Miami spurt midway through the half pushed their advantage to 14 and Valpo was never able get back within single digits.

Kathryn Knoester (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) came off of the bench to score 14 points for the Crusaders, while Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) added four three-pointers and finished with 13 points. Boone added six points and four assists for the Brown and Gold.

Cindy Merrill and Kim Lancaster scored 21 points each for the RedHawks, while Day added 20 points and grabbed 14 boards as Miami dominated the paint. The RedHawks outscored Valpo 50-30 in the lane and outrebounded the Crusaders 41-29. Nicki Motto dished out 11 assists for the RedHawks.

Miami (6-4) shot 51.8% from the floor for the game, while Valpo connected on 46.9% of its shots. The RedHawks also went 23-of-29 (79.3%) from the free throw line, while the Crusaders made just three of eight attempts.

Valparaiso (5-6) will return to action on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Rochester, Mich. to open Mid-Continent Conference action. Tip-off against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies is set for 2:30 p.m. CST.
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M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
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
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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
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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.
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
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M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
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May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
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May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
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