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Updated: March 14, 2013 6:49AM
VALPO (8-13, 3-5)
AT LOYOLA (8-13, 3-5)
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
The Skinny: The Crusaders will be looking for a little revenge to open the second half of conference play when they travel to Chicago to play Loyola. VU opened the Horizon League schedule with two straight wins before the Ramblers surprised the Crusaders with a 52-44 victory at the ARC. The Crusaders are 1-5 in conference games since dropping that contest.
This would be a nice boost for VU if it could steal a road win before heading back home to face UIC on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders produced only 13 first-half points in the first contest against Loyola. They shot a woeful 37 percent from the floor and just 20 percent from the 3-point line.
VU is coming off a 70-61 road loss to Detroit on Saturday. Sophomore Shaquira Scott led the way for the Crusaders contributing 16 points. She shot 6-for-14 from the floor in that ballgame. That was also a tale of two halves for VU as it shot 10-of-32 from the floor in the second half. The Crusaders led at halftime 37-29 thanks to a 15-for-28 performance from the floor in the game’s first 20 minutes.
“In the first half, we executed the game plan the way we wanted to,” first-year coach Tracey Dorow said. “I thought we had some momentum and we executed our offense really well.”
A win for the Ramblers would give them back-to-back wins for the first time in a month (Jan. 5-12).
— Ryan Haskell, correspondent