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Basketball: Shorthanded VU women fall in opener at St. Louis

Updated: December 12, 2013 12:32PM



ST. LOUIS — The Valparaiso women’s basketball team fell to the St. Louis Billikens in the season opener 78-56 on Sunday

A whistle-friendly game only exacerbated the Crusaders’ current depth issues. With Jessica Carr, Elizabeth Hamlet, Sarah Godwin and Aliyah Isaac relegated to spectator status because of injuries, the Crusaders’ short bench proved costly.

Charae Richardson scored 15 points, but drew her third foul less than seven minutes into the game. Sharon Karungi, who had a 23-point, 14-rebound debut in Valparaiso’s exhibition opener, didn’t factor into Sunday’s tilt as she was called for her third foul with four minutes to go in the first half. She later fouled out with 11:25 to play. Karungi registered just one shot attempt and two rebounds.

“Sharon has to find a better way to respond to her frustration and it’s my job to teach her how to do that,” head coach Tracey Dorow said.

SLU opened the game on a 26-4 run as the shots failed to fall for the Brown and Gold. The Crusaders turned it around after the midway point of the first half. Richardson contributed five points on back-to-back Crusader possessions to make it a 28-11 game.

Sophomore Lexi Miller scored eight of Valpo’s last 10 points of the first half. She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in addition to dishing out three assists in the first 20 minutes.

“We played with a defeated attitude the first ten minutes. We have to be focused from the very beginning. We have limitations, but so does every other team,” Dorow said.

Notre Dame 80, Stetson 49: At South Bend, Jerian Grant and Garrick Sherman scored 15 points each and No. 21 Notre Dame won for the second game in three days, over Stetson on Sunday.

Pat Connauhgton added 10 points for the Irish (2-0), while Sherman led the team with nine rebounds. Senior point guard Eric Atkins finished with eight points, leaving him five short of 1,000 for his career.

Reserve Brian Pegg led the Hatters (0-2) with 13 points and Willie Green added eight points and nine rebounds.

The Irish took a double-digit lead less than 5 minutes in as they improved to 48-0 at home in November under coach Mike Brey.



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