Two program career records, a new career high and two fantastic performances in a pair of big Crusader victories all add up to the fourth Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor this season for Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington).
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams completed day two of a back-to-back meet weekend Sunday afternoon with respective sixth-place finishes from both teams at the Butler Invitational in Fishers, Ind. The Crusaders had several top-ten individual performances to highlight their day.
Valparaiso University senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) became the Crusaders’ career scoring leader with a basket 4:31 into Sunday afternoon’s game at the ARC against UIC, surpassing Bryce Drew’s record, and went on to finish with 30 points and 10 rebounds as Valpo rolled the Flames by a 96-65 final.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team played stifling defense in the first quarter on Sunday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but Wright State bounced back with an even more dominant defensive effort in the second quarter on its way to a 65-52 victory over the Crusaders. Haylee Thompson (Hailey, Idaho / Wood River [Utah State]) finished with 15 points to lead Valpo in scoring for the first time this season.
Coming off of its biggest victory of the season, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes aim at its longest winning streak of the year as it hosts UIC in a Sunday afternoon matinee at the ARC. Alec Peters enters the game just seven points shy of breaking Bryce Drew’s Valpo career scoring record.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field competed at the Fort Wayne Duals Saturday. The Crusader men defeated Butler, Detroit and IUPUI to finish the day with a perfect 3-0 record, while the women beat Butler and IUPUI. The Valpo men had four first-place finishes in field events and the women posted one top finish on the track.
The calendar may say it’s a new year, but the narrative was a familiar one for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team as the Crusaders opened the season on Saturday afternoon. The defending Horizon League champions went on the road and dispatched Toledo 7-0 to start the campaign on a winning note.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Romeoville, Ill. to take on the Flyers from Lewis University on Saturday, resuming their 2016-17 season. Senior Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) led the Crusaders by taking home first place in the 200-yard breaststroke event, with a time of 2:31.63.
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team competed in its first home match of the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. Visiting DePaul came away with a 7-0 victory in the first of nine home matches on the docket for the Crusaders this season.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will partake in the backend of a men’s-women’s doubleheader on Sunday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Following the men’s regionally televised showdown with UIC, the women welcome in Wright State.
Valparaiso University women’s basketball player Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) continued to perform at a high level on Friday night as the junior posted her fifth double-double of the season and third in the last 13 days, but Northern Kentucky emerged victorious 70-55 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders struggled from beyond the arc, going 3-of-15 (20 percent) from 3-point range.
Homer Drew Court will be a welcome sight for the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team on Friday night. After starting the Horizon League season with five of their first seven games on the road, the Crusaders are more than ready for a return to the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo hopes a return to the win column will coincide with the homecoming as it welcomes in Northern Kentucky.
As longtime Valparaiso University men’s tennis coach Jim Daugherty prepares for the start of the 2017 spring season, he finds himself in territory that is simultaneously familiar and uncharted. The expectation of success has carried over from last season, along with many of the top names on Valpo’s loaded roster. But for the first time in program history, the Crusaders enter a season coming off an NCAA Tournament berth and a league championship.
Valparaiso University men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview. Lottich and Ickow look back at the Crusaders' three victories in a five-day span and look ahead to this Sunday's showdown at the ARC with UIC.
Junior Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / George Washington) added to her long list of career accomplishments on Tuesday night at the Kress Center in Green Bay, Wis. when she scored her 1000th career point in a 56-35 loss to the Phoenix. Franklin reached the milestone on her second-to-last basket of the game, a jumper with 1:06 remaining. She finished the game with 15 points and becomes the 14th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club.
An impressive all-around performance by the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team received an exclamation point with 4:45 to play, as senior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) corralled his career-best 16th rebound of the game to break Valpo’s career rebounding record as the Crusaders closed out an 80-56 victory over the Phoenix at the ARC Monday evening.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will face the toughest of Horizon League tests on Tuesday night at the Kress Event Center in Green Bay, Wis. as the Crusaders clash with first-place Green Bay, which is unbeaten in league action so far this season.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team welcomes the lone unbeaten team remaining in Horizon League play to the ARC on Monday evening, as the Crusaders look to exact a measure of revenge against a Green Bay team which eliminated them from last season’s Horizon League Championship. Alec Peters enters Monday's game just 26 points and 15 rebounds shy of Valpo's all-time career records in the respective categories.