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Valpo Falls to Wake Forest in Non-Conference Finale
Gina Lange and Valpo fell to Wake Forest on Wednesday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Gina Lange and Valpo fell to Wake Forest on Wednesday night. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A 15-0 run by Wake Forest late in the first half proved to be the difference on Wednesday evening as the Demon Deacons captured the consolation game of the San Diego Surf ‘n Slam with a 52-34 victory over Valparaiso in San Diego, Calif.

Wake Forest started hot from the floor over the first three-and-a-half minutes, making five of its first six shots, including 3-of-3 from long range to take a 13-4 lead.

Valpo’s defense stiffened, not allowing the Demon Deacons to score over a span of 7:26 to pull within three.  Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) tied the game at 16 with a triple at the 7:30 mark.

The Crusaders would go cold from the floor though, not scoring a basket from the field until 23 seconds remaining.  Meanwhile, Wake Forest scored 15 straight points over a four minute stretch to build a 31-16 advantage and took a 33-20 lead into the locker room.

Valpo shot 31.6% (6-of-19) in the first half, including just 2-of-11 (18.2%) from long range while WakeForest was 43.3% (13-of-30) and made 7-of-15 (46.7%) three-point attempts.  The Demon Deacons outrebounded Valpo 22-10, including 10-4 on the offensive end in the first 20 minutes.

A 10-0 run by the Demon Deacons extended the lead to 45-23 with 11:23 to play in the game,  as the Crusaders tallied just two points  in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

The defense went to work from then on out though, allowing just one field goal the rest of the way.  Valpo made a mini 7-0 run to close with 15 at 45-30, but would not get any closer the rest of the way.

Valpo shot just 17.4% in the second half and 23.8% for the game.  Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) led the Crusaders with eight points while Varner had seven.

"They pressured us hard man-to-man and we struggled to get good shots," head coach Keith Freeman said.

The Demon Deacons were held to 18.5% shooting in the second half, but outrebounded the Crusaders 46-30 for the game. Brittany Waters led Wake Forest (9-4) with 19 points while Sandra Garcia had 10 points and 10 boards.

"We need to try and take steps forward now," Freeman added.  "Saturday starts a new season for us."

Valparaiso (3-8) has closed out its five-game road trip and will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host UIC in the Horizon League opener.  Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m.

Game Notes: This was the second meeting between Valpo and Wake Forest with the Crusaders winning the initial contest in December of 2001 … all 13 Crusaders saw action in the game … Valpo was just 3-of-21 from three-point range.

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
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
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
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo