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Travel-Tested Crusaders Earn Road Win at Oakland

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Playing the final game of a six-game, 7,899 mile road trip, Valparaiso went into Rochester, Mich. and defeated Oakland 68-63 on Wednesday evening.

Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) made 9-of-12 from the floor and scored 23 points, while grabbing eight boards to lead Valpo to victory.

With the game tied early, Valpo scored seven straight points, capped off by a Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) three to put the Crusaders up 18-11 at the 13:30 mark as Valpo hit on seven of its first 11 shots from the floor. The Golden Grizzlies cut the lead to two, 26-24, with just over five minutes remaining as Petra Manakova and Jayme Wilson each scored a pair of buckets.

Valpo immediately pushed the lead back to seven after Stangler scored inside and Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) hit a triple.

The Crusaders finished the half with a flurry, scoring the final eight points topped off with Meredith Baugher's (Berea, Ohio/Berea H.S.) old-fashioned three-point play with 3.0 seconds left in the stanza to give Valpo a 39-27 lead at the break.

Valpo host a sizzling 56% from the floor in the first half, as Stangler was a perfect 4-for-4. The senior had ten points at intermission.

Stangler scored Valpo's first six points of the second half, but Oakland used a 10-2 run to close within five, 45-40, at the 11:23 mark after a Wilson three. The lead was still five inside of eight minutes when Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) scored inside and was fouled. A basket by Stangler pushed the lead back to ten with six to play.

The lead went to 12 as Valpo's defense held the Golden Grizzlies scoreless for 5:57 before Wilson scored in the lane with 3:24 to play. Oakland went on a 9-0 run to close within 60-57 with 1:37 to play. After a Crusader miss, the Golden Grizzlies had a chance to cut the lead to one or tie, but Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) stripped Anne Hafeli of the ball in the backcourt, laid it in and was fouled. After an Oakland miss, Bechtold, at 5'4" grabbed the board and was fouled. Her converted free throws put Valpo in front by eight with 53.1 seconds to play.

Haffeli answered with a three-pointer to cut it to 65-60 ten seconds later. Oakland got a steal but missed inside twice. Stangler made one of two free throws. Haffeli came back down, drove to the lane, scored, and was fouled to cut the lead to three with 19.6 seconds left. After the Crusaders missed from the line, Oakland had a chance to tie, but Hafeli's triple from 22 feet missed left. Stangler made two free throws to ice the game, as Valpo ended its six-game road trip with a 5-1 mark.

Bechtold tied her career high with 17 points and dished out eight assists for the Brown and Gold. Braun added 11 for the Crusaders, which shot 50% from the floor for the game.

Wilson led Oakland (9-4, 1-1 Mid-Con) with 18 points, while Hafeli added 17 more. Petra Manakova scored ten, while Amanda Batcha grabbed a game-high 11 boards. Valpo held the Golden Grizzlies to just 39.4% shooting from the floor.

Valparaiso (8-5, 2-0) will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the first time in nearly a month on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain Oral Roberts. Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m.
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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