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Valpo Downed by Milwaukee to Open Homestand
Tabitha Gerardot scored 11 points and had six assists on Thursday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot scored 11 points and had six assists on Thursday night. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Valparaiso began its longest homestand of the season on Thursday evening, but was unable to pick up the victory as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated the Crusaders 73-61 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) scored 17 of her team-high 22 points in the second half for Valpo, but the Crusaders allowed the Panthers to shoot 66.7% from the floor in the second half and 57.4% for the game.

“We didn’t defend tonight,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Their posts got 43 points off of 26 shots.  That’s like going 21 for 26 from the floor.”

The Crusaders started quickly, scoring six of the game’s first seven points and increased their lead to seven, 15-8 following a three-pointer by Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.).  Milwaukee answered with seven straight points, and eventually took its first lead of the game, 18-17, on a triple by Anne Breland.  The Panthers made their first four shots from long range.

The Brown and Gold retook the lead, 22-20, on an Adams layup at the 9:50 mark, but managed just one triple from Adams the rest of the half, going scoreless the last 6:22 of the stanza.  The defense kept Valpo in the game though, as Milwaukee managed just two points the final five minutes to take a 28-25 lead into the break.

Valpo fought back early in the second half, tying the game at 33 on a jumper by Adams at the 17:49 mark.  Six straight points, capped by a Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) gave Valpo its final lead of the game, 43-41, with just over 14 minutes to play.

The Panthers answered with nine straight points to retake the lead.  Another 10-1 run, capping a larger 21-5 spurt, gave Milwaukee its largest lead at 14, 62-48, with 5:29 to play and Valpo could never get any closer than eight the rest of the way.

“We were very slow in transition in the second half,” Freeman added.  “Because we were slow we gave up some threes.  It’s just disheartening the way we played.  We also got beat back door.”

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) and Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) each added 11 points for the Crusaders, and pulled down six and seven rebounds respectively.

Lindsay Laur led Milwaukee (7-12, 4-4 Horizon) with 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting while also dishing out seven assists.  Angela Rodriguez added 16 points on 6-of-7 from the floor, including a perfect 4-for-4 from long range.  Sami Tucker added eight points and 10 boards for the Panthers.

“Laur’s a good player,” Freeman concluded.  “We didn’t have anyone that could defend her.  She impacted the game for 41 of their 73 points.”

Valparaiso (4-16, 1-7) will return to action at the ARC on Saturday evening as the Crusaders host #22/16 Green Bay.  Tip-off against the Phoenix is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes: Watts 11 points were a season high … Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) had five assists without a turnover … Adams made four triples for the game and now has at least one three in 18 of 20 games … Adams went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and now has made 21 straight dating back to Dec. 4 … Milwaukee holds the all-time series lead 11-5 including a 5-3 advantage at the ARC.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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