VALPARAISO, Ind. (12/8/07) Valparaiso held off a late second half rally by the North Texas women’s basketball to notch a 73-61 victory from the ARC. The Mean Green, down by as many as 22 points in the second half, cut the Valpo lead to six points at 65-59 on a Kelli Buckley 3-pointer with 2:31 remaining.
Down 64-46 with seven minutes remaining, the Mean Green (5-6) began its comeback with a 15-1 run over the next five minutes to put the game within reach at six points.
The Crusaders (3-5) answered though with a 3-pointer from Launa Hochstetler with two minutes left and then iced the game from the free throw line.
“I was pleased with the way the girls kept fighting at the end but we can’t get down by so many points like that and comeback against a really good team at home,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker.
Valpo led wire-to-wire and burned North Texas early with its 3-point shooting. The Crusaders hit seven 3-pointers in the first half to take a 13-point lead of 40-27 to the break. Valpo extended its lead in the second half thanks to the hot shooting of Agnieszka Kulaga, who ended the game with a career-high 26 points. She scored nine of the first 11 points in the second half for the Crusaders.
Three players scored in double figures for North Texas led by Jo Hall with 16 points.
North Texas has 11 days between games as the Mean Green does not return to action until December 19 when they host Oklahoma State.