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Nationally-Ranked Notre Dame Downs Valpo Monday
Stefanie Lang scored a career-high 11 points in front of 1,877 fans on Monday. (Ray Acevedo)
Stefanie Lang scored a career-high 11 points in front of 1,877 fans on Monday. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Notre Dame made 14 of its first 16 shots from the floor and proved to be too much for Valparaiso on Monday evening as the #17/16 Fighting Irish defeated the Crusaders 94-43 in front of 1,877 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“Notre Dame is as deep as they have ever been,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  They have lots of people who know how to play basketball and have lots of skill.  It’s hard to take away their inside and outside game with their ability to pass.”

The Irish forced 26 Crusader turnovers, 24 of which came on steals, and converted the miscues into 41 points as the visitors never trailed in the contest.

“I was disappointed our guards got the ball taken from them by their posts on hedge outs,” Freeman added.  “In the past when we played them close our guards were good enough to control the ball.  Right now we just don’t have that.”

With the game tied at two, Notre Dame (9-3) went on an 18-2 run to build a 16-point advantage just eight minutes into the game before eventually taking a 49-23 lead into the locker room.

Valpo was never able to cut into the lead in the second half while falling to its fourth Big East Conference foe of the season.

Stefanie Lang (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) led the Crusaders with a career-high 11 points, making five-of-seven shots from the floor.  She was the only Valpo player to crack double figures.  Rashida Ray (Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding H.S.) and Skyler Gick (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central H.S.) both added six points for the Crusaders, as the Brown and Gold shot 32.1% from the floor, including just 23.8% from beyond the arc.

“When we shot quickly we couldn’t get back and set up our defense,” Freeman concluded.

Natalie Novosel led the Irish with 18 points on six-of-seven shooting while Brittany Mallory and Natalie Achonwa each added 12 points.  Notre Dame outrebounded Valpo 44-23, pulling down 18 offensive boards.

Valparaiso (2-9) will take 10 days off before closing the non-conference portion of the schedule on Dec. 30 in Charleston, Ill. when the Crusaders face Eastern Illinois.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Stephanie Lang’s previous career best was 10 points against DePaul in the season opener … Valpo shot just four free throws while Notre Dame went to the line 24 times … Erika Lang (Las Vegas, Nev./Arbor View H.S.) made her collegiate debut for the Crusaders … the crowd of 1,877 on “Pack the House” night was Valpo’s largest since hosting Notre Dame on Dec. 13, 2008 when 2,046 were on hand … Notre Dame has won all 24 meetings between the two schools.

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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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