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Valpo Suffers Setback to Western Illinois
Mallory Ladd drives around a Western defender in the low post. (Ray Acevedo)
Mallory Ladd drives around a Western defender in the low post. (Ray Acevedo)
Western Illinois (2-2)
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Valparaiso (0-3)
11/22/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 397
1st2ndFinal
Western Illinois214667
Valparaiso292655
Stats at a GlanceWIUVALPO
FG Percentage.379 (22-58) .299 (20-67)
3P FG Percentage.348 (8-23) .200 (3-15)
FT Percentage.652 (15-23) .600 (12-20)
Offensive Rebounds913
Defensive Rebounds3732
Total Rebounds4645
Turnovers1412
Steals25
Bench Points913
Statistical LeadersWIUVALPO
PointsSALVATORI - 18
LANGE - 16
ReboundsSALVATORI - 11
LADD - 9
AssistsHENRICSON - 6
RICHARDS - 3
GERARDOT - 3
StealsKELLY - 2
LADD - 3
BlocksHENRICSON - 1
DEMERY - 1
Ashley Varner elevates over the defense. (Fred Villarruel)
Ashley Varner elevates over the defense. (Fred Villarruel)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Valparaiso jumped out to a 14-point first half lead, but Western Illinois went on a big run spanning both halves to rally and defeat the Crusaders 67-55 on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) tallied a career-high for the third straight game and Mallory Ladd (Evansville, Ind./Memorial H.S.) was one rebound shy of a double-double, but the Crusaders could not overcome 29.9% shooting on the night.

The Crusaders started the game strong, building a 15-4 lead 10 minutes into the contest.  Valpo’s defense forced the Leathernecks to start the game shooting 1-of-13 from the floor while taking the early lead.  After Western Illinois cut the lead to four, 17-13, the Crusaders went on a 12-2 run, capped by a jumper from Ladd, to take a 29-15 advantage at the 2:49 mark of the opening half.  Ladd and Lange each had nine first half points helping to build the advantage.

“The first 18 minutes of the game we played great position defense,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Then the game got physical and we need to rise to that level.  To their credit they got into our ball handlers and the point of the screen.”

The Leathernecks responded with a pair of three-pointers by Michele Salvatori before halftime though to close within eight, 29-21 at the break.

Western Illinois started the second half with the first nine points to cap 15 straight points spanning both halves and take its first lead of the game, 30-29, with 17:24 to play.  The Leathernecks would grow the advantage to seven, 38-31, to cap a 23-2 run.

“In the second half we created a lot of offense for them in transition,” Freeman added.  “We had two people guarding one of their players and lacked communication.  That’s my fault and something I know we need to work on.”

Valpo fought back to within two, 40-38, as Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) went to the hole for a lay-in, but that would be as close as the Crusaders would get the rest of the way.  The Brown and Gold shot just 24.2% in the second half from the floor and finished the night 3-of-15 (20%) from three-point range.

“We weren’t able to get the ball up court quickly tonight,” Freeman said.  “With zero fast break points we didn’t have any way of getting easy baskets.  Our missing shots then affected our defensive pressure.  I’d like to see our defense sustain a high level despite our offensive production.”

Lange tallied 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss while Ladd added 11 points and a team-high nine boards.  Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) chipped in nine points and eight rebounds while Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) scored eight points for the third straight night.

Salvatori led Western Illinois (2-2) with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Brittany Demery also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.  Sadie Webb added 17 points for the Leathernecks, as the visitors shot 48.4% in the second half.

The Crusaders outrebounded for the first time this season, 46-45, but committed a season-low 12 turnovers.

Valparaiso (0-3) will head west for the Omni Hotels Classic in Boulder, Colo. beginning on Friday evening.  The Crusaders will face tournament host Colorado in game two on the opening day of play with tip-off slated for approximately 8:30 p.m. CST.

Game Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series with the Leathernecks 19-16 … this was the first meeting of the two former Mid-Continent Conference rivals since 2007 … after shooting 81.3% from the free throw line over the first two games of the season, Valpo was just 12-of-20 (60%) on Tuesday night … Richards scored a season-high six points … Lange hit two three-pointers for the first time in her career … Ladd had three steals for the second straight game.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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