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Valpo Falls 74-58 to Lamar Saturday Afternoon
Betsy Adams led Valpo with 15 points in the loss at Lamar. (Ray Acevedo)
Betsy Adams led Valpo with 15 points in the loss at Lamar. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

An 11-0 run late in the second half broke the game open on Saturday afternoon as Lamar upended Valparaiso 74-58 in the Crusaders’ final  game of the Preseason WNIT held in Beaumont, Texas.

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) led the Crusaders for the third straight time with 15 points, 13 of which came in the first half, while Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) added 10 points for the Brown and Gold.

“I thought had a good trip overall for us,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We got a win (against Austin Peay on Friday) and played quality teams.  All three teams we have played so far were NCAA Tournament teams last year.”

The first half was closely contested throughout.  Valpo utilized balanced scoring early, as the first 11 Crusader points were score by five different players.

Lamar built a 22-16 lead with 8:14 to play before intermission before the Crusaders dialed warmed up from long range.  A three-pointer by Timmerman followed by a put back from Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) cut the deficit to  one.

Following a Cardinal basket, Adams tied the game at 24 with a triple of her own.  A Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) three gave Valpo a 27-26 lead with 3:27 to play before intermission and another Adams trey, her third of the first half, helped the Crusaders go into the locker room tied at 30.

After the teams traded baskets to start the second half, Lamar scored 10 straight points over a 1:45 span to build a 42-32 lead, an advantage the Cardinals would not relinquish the rest of the way.

The Crusaders tried to fight back, cutting the deficit to 42-38 with 14:01 to play as Timmerman stole the ball and went coast to coast for the basket.  A lay-in by Lange followed to close within two, but that would be as close as Valpo could get the rest of the way. 

The Cardinal lead stayed between four and eight until the 9:15 mark when the Crusaders went cold from the floor.  With Lamar up 55-51, the Cardinals went on an 11-0 run, holding Valpo scoreless for more than five minutes, and pushing the advantage to 15 points.

The Crusaders managed just seven points the rest of the way, falling for the second time in the tournament.

“We did a nice job for the first 30 minutes of the game,” Freeman said.  “They had a stretch were their lead got to 8-10 points and we tried to play faster than we can play.”

Valpo committed 22 turnovers in the contest, and was outrebounded 41-32, giving up 18 boards on the offensive glass.  Lange led the Crusaders on the glass with a career high eight rebounds, and also matched her career best with eight points.

Jenna Plumley led four Cardinals in double figures with 14 points and added six assists while Ang Green tallied 12 points.  Lamar (2-1) shot 42.9% from the floor, including 38.1% from three-point range.

“They are a good team,” Freeman concluded.  “Their point guard (Plumley) is a different player to play against.”

Valparaiso will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the 2010-2011 home opener on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders host instate rival Ball State.  Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes: This was the first meeting ever between Valpo and Lamar … Adams has scored in double figures in all three games this season … Maegan Callaway (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) scored seven points for the second straight game in just six minutes of action … Lamar has won 15 straight games at home and has not lost at Montague Center since March, 2009.

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W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
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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 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
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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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
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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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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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
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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
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Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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