Valparaiso Earns Lopsided Win Over Ladies
Saturday, February 3, 2007

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Jasmine Bothwell had a career-high
10 points against Valpo Saturday

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Valparaiso (13-9, 6-2) shot 53.8 percent from the floor in handing the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-19, 0-8) their worst loss of the season Saturday, defeating the Ladies 84-44 at the Valparaiso Athletics-Recreation Center.

In almost matching their season-high for field-goal percentage for a game (.553), the Crusaders never trailed in Saturday’s lopsided win, led in scoring by junior forward Sanna Helenius with 13 points.

All-around, balanced scoring propelled Valpo to their sixth win in conference play, as no player logged more than 24 minutes in the contest and only two players finished in double-figured scoring. Scoring a season-high 84 points, Valpo hit 12 three-pointers in Saturday’s contest, tying the most three-pointers allowed by Centenary this season.

Centenary trailed by 10 with less than six minutes remaining in the first half, still within striking distance of a comeback. Unfortunately for the Ladies, the baskets did not fall after the six minute mark, as Centenary allowed Valparaiso to go on a 10-0 run for the next five minutes and take a 20-point lead at the half.

The Ladies just couldn’t cut into such a large deficit following the intermission, allowing Valparaiso to extend to the 40-point lead late in the game. Following junior Sara Judice’s (Lafayette, La.) jumper within the first two minutes of the second half, Centenary allowed three-straight baskets to the Crusaders, unable to string any sort of run to fight back into the game.

For the game, Centenary shot 27.8 percent from the floor, led in scoring by freshman Jasmine Bothwell (Birmingham, Ala.), who had a career-high 10 points in the loss.

Helenius, playing just 13 minutes in Saturday’s game, went 2-for-3 from the floor and converted all eight of her free-throw attempts. Valpo leading scorer Betsy Rietema finished with 11 points and three rebounds in 18 minutes of play.

In Saturday’s game against the Crusaders, Centenary was without the services of senior guard and leading-scorer Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas), who is nursing an undisclosed leg injury. Wilkins leads the Ladies with 12.4 ppg. scoring average.

Centenary looks to regroup quickly, putting Saturday’s loss against the Crusaders out of their mind as the team travels to Macomb, Ill. to face Western Illinois Monday.