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Valpo Season Ends with Loss to Milwaukee in Horizon League Tournament
Whitney Farris finished her career with a game-high 15 points for Valpo in the tournament loss. (Ray Acevedo)
Whitney Farris finished her career with a game-high 15 points for Valpo in the tournament loss. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, March 08, 2010

Valparaiso saw its 2009-2010 women’s basketball season come to a close on Monday evening as the Crusaders suffered a 71-57 setback against Milwaukee in the first round of the Speedway Horizon League Championship held at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Milwaukee shot 50% from the field and 57.1% (8-of-14) from three-point range on the evening while holding the Crusaders to just 33.3% from the floor, including 26.5% (9-of-34) from three-point range.  The Panthers, the number nine seed, built an 11-point lead at the break and never allowed Valpo, the eighth seed, to get closer than six in the second half.

“It is really important that the ball touches the inside before we are taking threes,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Tonight we didn’t do that well.  We didn’t move the ball at a pace we needed to.”

With Valpo holding an 11-10 lead, Milwaukee scored the next five points to take the lead for good.  The Crusaders were within two, 22-20 at the 9:03 mark before going scoreless for nearly four minutes while the Panthers went on a 10-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by Ashley Imperiale, to take a 12-point advantage.

The Crusader got back within seven, 34-27, following a three-pointer by Rashida Ray (Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding H.S.), but Milwaukee scored six of the final eight points of the half to take a 40-29 lead into the break.

After the Panther lead grew to 13, Valpo tried clawing back.  A jumper by Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) pulled the Brown and Gold within nine and Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) made it six, 46-40, with a triple at the 13:44 mark.

Valpo looked as if it would cut the lead to four following a steal, but a missed layup and a three-pointer by Imperiale at the other end pushed it back to nine.  Another Imperiale jumper on the next possession had the lead back to double figures, as Milwaukee scored 11 straight points to make it a 57-40 advantage with 11:01 to play.

A couple of baskets by Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) and an Adams three helped cut the lead back to 11, 58-47, with 8:23 to play and Valpo had two possessions to cut it to single digits, but were unable to do so and the Panthers maintained a double digit advantage the rest of the way.

Farris, a senior playing in her final game in a Brown and Gold uniform, led Valpo with 15 points and six rebounds.  She was the only Crusader to tally double figures on the night.  Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.), another senior, finished with nine points, all in the first half.

“I’m really proud of Whitney,” Freeman said.  “She worked at a different level this year.  She tried to do things on a day-to-day basis and didn’t quit on stuff.”

Imperiale led Milwaukee (12-18) with 18 points while Danielle Jorgenson added 11 more.  Four Panthers finished the game in double figures.

“Milwaukee did a great job correcting their weaknesses from the previous two games when we played them,” Freeman added.

Valparaiso’s season comes to a close with a 9-21 record while the Panthers advance to take on top seed, Green Bay, on Wednesday night.

“We have to have an attitude that this year just wasn’t good enough,” Freeman concluded.

Game Notes: Kelly Peller (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) and Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala Wladyslawa Andersa H.S.) also played their final game as Crusaders … Adams finished the year with 64 three-pointers, 10th most in school history for a single season … Kenney finished her career averaging 11.7 points per game, fifth most in school history … Kenney’s 55.1% shooting this season ranks sixth on the single season list … the 34 three-point field goal attempted by the Crusaders in the game tie for third most in a game in school history … Milwaukee leads the all-time series 10-5 and is 2-0 against Valpo in the Horizon League Championships … Imperiale was named the U.S. Army Player of the Game.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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