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Colorado Downs Valpo to Open Omni Hotels Classic
Ashley Varner scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds Friday at Colorado. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds Friday at Colorado. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (0-4)
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Colorado (4-0)
11/25/2011 | Boulder, Colo. - Coors Events Center | Attendance: 1219
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso131932
Colorado352560
Stats at a GlanceVALPOCOLO
FG Percentage.255 (12-47) .407 (24-59)
3P FG Percentage.235 (4-17) .333 (6-18)
FT Percentage.800 (4-5) .857 (6-7)
Offensive Rebounds914
Defensive Rebounds2226
Total Rebounds3140
Turnovers2114
Steals710
Bench Points524
Statistical LeadersVALPOCOLO
PointsVARNER - 10
JEFFERY - 14
ReboundsVARNER - 7
JEFFERY - 9
AssistsRICHARDS - 2
JEFFERY - 5
StealsRICHARDS - 2
WILSON - 2
WILSON - 2
SBOROV - 2
BlocksSCOTT - 1
SBOROV - 3

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) led Valparaiso with 10 points and seven rebounds on Friday evening, but the Crusaders shot just 25.5% from the floor and fell to Colorado 60-32 in the opening round of the Omni Hotels Classic held at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo.

Both teams started slow offensively, but the Crusaders trailed by just two, 7-5, nearly seven-and-a-half minutes into the contest.  Valpo went 5:30 without scoring though as the Buffaloes built an eight point lead before Varner drained a three-pointer to end the draught.

Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) hit a jumper at the 7:29 mark, pulling Valpo within 19-13.  The Crusaders would not score the rest of the half though.  Chucky Wilson scored the last nine points of the half for Colorado as the Buffaloes ended the stanza on a 16-0 run to take a 35-13 lead into the locker room.

Colorado shot 51.9% in the opening half while Valpo connected on just 5-of-23 field goals (21.7%). 

Lexy Kresl scored the first five points of the second half for Colorado to extend the run to 21 straight points before Scott scored on a drive in the lane to end Valpo’s scoreless skid at 10:03 over the two halves.

Varner followed with a basket inside and Gerardot added an old-fashioned three-point play as the Crusaders scored seven straight points.

The Crusaders got the deficit down to 19, 42-23, before Colorado scored the next seven points.  Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights H.S.) tallied five straight points for Valpo to make it 49-28 with seven minutes to play, but that was as close as the Brown and Gold would get the rest of the way.

Scott scored nine points and Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) added seven points for the Crusaders.  Jeffery led Colorado (4-0) with 14 points and nine rebounds while Kresl and Brittany Wilson each added 10 points.

The Buffaloes outrebounded Valpo 40-31 and turned 21 Crusader turnovers into 24 points on the other end.

“In the midst of trials I think there is opportunity,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.  “I think we can dig down deep within ourselves and play a complete game.  I’m anxious to watch this team to see how they approach tomorrow.”

Valparaiso (0-4) will return to the hardwood in Boulder on Saturday evening in the consolation game of the Omni Hotels Classic.  The Crusaders will face Montana State from the Big Sky Conference beginning at 6 p.m. CST.

Game Notes: This was the first meeting ever between Valpo and Colorado … Wisconsin defeated Montana State 71-61 in the opening game of the Omni Hotels Classic … the Crusaders scored just eight points in the paint on Friday … Carr scored her first five points as a Crusader … Valpo made a season-high four three-point field goals.

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. 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