Valparaiso University head coach Keith Freeman has announced that Kelly Watts will be transferring from Eastern Michigan University to join the Crusader program beginning in the fall of 2008 after playing for the Eagles the past two seasons.
Valparaiso ventured into the Horizon League for the first time in 2007-2008 and finished the season .500 in conference play with a 9-9 mark in the Crusaders’ inaugural season. Valpo finished the season 14-16 overall, bowing out of the Horizon League Tournament in the quarterfinals following a 67-60 loss at Milwaukee.
A late 15-1 run was not nearly enough for Valparaiso on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders dropped their Horizon League Championship quarterfinal game to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 67-60 to end the Brown and Gold’s season in Milwaukee, Wis.
Valparaiso begins the second season on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to battle the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal play. The Crusaders enter the tournament as the sixth seed while the Panthers are the championship’s third seed.
Valparaiso University’s Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) has been named to the Horizon League’s Second Team as the conference announced its postseason honors on Monday afternoon.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team (14-15, 9-9 Horizon) will head to Milwaukee, Wis. on Wednesday evening for the Horizon League Tournament quarterfinals to battle the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (16-13, 11-7). The Crusaders, the tournament’s sixth seed, and Panthers, the number three seed, will tip off at 7 p.m. CDT at the Klotsche Center on the UWM campus.
Valparaiso wrapped up its 2007-2008 regular season on Saturday afternoon dropping a 66-58 decision to Butler in Indianapolis, Ind., and as a result will head out onto the road to begin the Horizon League Tournament next Wednesday evening.
Valparaiso wraps up the 2007-2008 regular season on Saturday with a key Horizon League tilt in Indianapolis, Ind. against instate rival Butler. The Crusaders and Bulldogs are tied for fifth place in the league standings. A Valpo victory along with a little help in other league action could enable the Crusaders to steal the final home game of the Horizon League Tournament quarterfinals to begin next week.
Valparaiso held Youngstown State without a field goal for the final 6:47 of the game, and the defense propelled the Crusader offense into a late 10-0 run as the Brown and Gold defeated the Penguins 70-59 on Saturday evening in Youngstown, Ohio.
Valparaiso continues its swing through Ohio on Saturday with another pivotal game against Youngstown State in the race for seeding in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament. This is Valpo’s first trip to Youngstown, Ohio since February of 2001 when the two schools were both members of the Mid-Continent Conference.
Valparaiso begins a three-game road trip to wrap up the 2007-2008 regular season on Thursday evening as the Crusaders head to Cleveland, Ohio to battle the Vikings of Cleveland State. Valpo is looking to rebound from a 75-64 defeat in its home finale last Saturday against Wright State.
Valparaiso cut a 15-point second half deficit to three with 3:24 to play, and had the basketball, but was unable to complete the comeback attempt on Saturday afternoon, falling 75-64 to Wright State at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso wraps up the home portion of the 2007-2008 schedule on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Wright State on Senior Day at the ARC. Valpo is looking to continue its climb up the Horizon League standings in hopes of a first round bye and a home game in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.
Valparaiso made 24-of-26 free throws (92.3%) on the evening, including 11-of-12 from Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.), and the Crusaders snapped their two-game losing skid with a 75-65 victory over Detroit on Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening as the Brown and Gold hosts Detroit. The Crusaders are looking to snap a two-game losing skid and help themselves in the race for seeding in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament. Valpo dropped its last contest, 76-70, on Saturday afternoon at Milwaukee.
Valparaiso wraps up the Wisconsin swing on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Milwaukee to battle the Panthers. Valpo is looking to rebound from a 65-44 loss at Green Bay on Thursday evening while also looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Panthers this season.
Having returned to the .500 mark following a victory over UIC on Saturday, the Valparaiso Crusaders hit the road on Thursday evening to battle first place Green Bay. Valpo is beginning a stretch where the Brown and Gold will play five of its final seven games of the regular season away from the ARC.
An 18-0 midway through the first half broke the game open for Valparaiso and the Crusaders limited UIC to just 27.1% shooting for the game on the way to a 76-46 victory over the Flames at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.
Valparaiso will wrap up its four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host UIC. The Crusaders are going for the season sweep against the Flames after defeating them earlier this season in Chicago 72-63. Following the contest, Valpo will have five of its final seven games on the road.
Valparaiso committed just four turnovers, Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) had her second double-double of the season, and Leah Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) hit yet another big three-pointer in the closing seconds as the Crusaders defeated Loyola (Chicago) 69-62 on Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso University’s Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) has been named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team which announced on Thursday. The honor is voted upon by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
Valparaiso will open the second half of Horizon League competition on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Loyola in the third game of their current four-game homestand. Valpo is looking to snap its two-game losing skid following an 86-63 loss to Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.
Valparaiso shot just 29% in the first half while allowing Cleveland State to connect on nearly 59% of its shots on the way to a 24-point halftime advantage as the Vikings defeated the Crusaders 86-63 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso continues its four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Cleveland State at the ARC. The Crusaders are looking to rebound from a 92-79 defeat against Youngstown State on Thursday night, and Saturday’s game will mark the halfway mark in Horizon League play.
Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) had her first career double-double, but it was not enough as Youngstown State rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat Valparaiso 92-79 on Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso begins a key four-game homestand against Horizon League foes on Thursday evening as the Crusaders welcome Youngstown State to the ARC. The Crusaders have won two of their last three games following a 71-50 victory at Detroit on Saturday afternoon.
Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half helping to lead Valparaiso to a 71-50 victory over Detroit on Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich. moving the Crusaders back to the .500 mark overall.
Valparaiso looks to return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Detroit to battle the Titans in Horizon League action. Valpo is coming off of a disappointing 51-50 defeat on Thursday evening at Wright State, and looks to move back to the .500 mark overall on the season.
Valparaiso heads to Dayton, Ohio on Thursday evening looking to remain near the top of the Horizon League as the Crusaders face Wright State. Valpo is coming off of a 90-88 overtime victory over first place Green Bay on Saturday afternoon, and will look to continue the momentum against the Raiders.
Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) has been named the Horizon League’s Player of the Week for the third time this season following her performances last weekend against Milwaukee and Green Bay.
Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) let the fans “Packing the ARC” go home happy on Saturday afternoon, draining a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to lift Valparaiso to a 90-88 victory over Green Bay at the Athletics-Recreation Center.Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) sent the game into overtime, sinking three free throws with 0.2 seconds to play in regulation on her way to a triple-double of 20 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Valparaiso looks to bounce back from back-to-back defeats on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Green Bay, the top team in the Horizon League, at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The contest is also Valpo’s “Pack the House” game, as the Crusaders look to draw their largest attendance figure over the last couple of seasons.
Valparaiso shot just 22.2% from three-point range and could not overcome a 13-point second half deficit on Thursday night as the Crusaders saw their 11-game home court winning streak come to an end, falling to Milwaukee 68-62 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso puts the nation’s 12th longest home court winning streak on the line Thursday evening as the Crusaders look for their 12th consecutive win at the Athletics-Recreation Center hosting Milwaukee in a key Horizon League showdown. The Panthers were the preseason favorite to win the league and have won five of their last six games.
Saturday’s Valparaiso women’s basketball game has been selected as part of the NCAA’s “Pack the House Challenge”, an ongoing nationwide women's basketball attendance competition taking place throughout the season.
A 7:29 scoring draught midway through the second half by Valparaiso allowed Loyola to go on an 11-0 run, and the Crusaders could not regain the lead against as the Ramblers registered a 64-60 victory in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday afternoon, handing the Brown and gold its first Horizon League defeat.
After earning its first road victory of the season on Thursday night, Valparaiso returns to Chicago on Saturday afternoon looking to keep its unbeaten Horizon League record in tact as the Crusaders face Loyola. Valpo has won four straight games overall and seven of its last eight contests dating back to the end of November.
Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) scored a career-high 28 points, including six three-pointers, none bigger than a triple with 37.1 seconds remaining, as Valparaiso earned its first road win of the season and remained undefeated in the Horizon League with a 71-63 victory over UIC in Chicago, Ill. on Thursday night.
Winners of three in a row, Valparaiso will venture to Chicago, Ill. on Thursday evening looking for its first road victory of the season as the Crusaders battle the Flames of UIC. Valpo is coming off of a 77-69 victory over Butler on Saturday afternoon in its inaugural Horizon League contest and has won six of its last seven games overall to move to the .500 mark.
Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) has earned her second Horizon League Player of the Week honor following her performance on Saturday afternoon in leading Valparaiso to a 77-69 victory over Butler.
Agnieszka Kulaga(Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) poured in a career-high 29 points and Valparaiso shot 92.6% from the free throw line as the Crusaders recorded a 77-69 victory over Butler on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center in the Brown and Gold’s inaugural Horizon League contest.
The inaugural Horizon League loop begins on Saturday afternoon for the Valparaiso Crusaders as the Brown and Gold entertains Butler at the ARC. After a two-week layoff for the holidays, Valpo looks to carry its momentum into 2008, as the Crusaders won five of their last six contests to wrap up the 2007 calendar year. Butler enters the game at 10-1, the best non-conference mark in the Horizon League.
Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) tied her career high with 26 points while Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) added a new personal best 19 points as Valparaiso defeated Saint Xavier 76-57 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center to wrap up the non-conference portion of the Crusaders’ schedule.
After a week off for final exams, Valparaiso returns to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Saint Xavier. This is Valpo’s final contest of the 2007 calendar year as well as the final tune-up prior to Horizon League play beginning on January 5.
Valparaiso University’s Leah Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) was named the U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week after helping the Crusaders to a last-second victory against South Dakota State on Saturday.
Leah Hochstetler(Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) scored all five of her points in the final minute of the game, but her three-pointer with 48 seconds to play lifted Valparaiso to a 65-62 victory over South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon, the ninth straight home victory for the Crusaders at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders host South Dakota State. This is the first of three straight home games for the Crusaders to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule heading into Horizon League play.
Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) scored a career-high 17 points but Valparaiso committed 27 turnovers which led to 35 Notre Dame points as the #17 Fighting Irish defeated the Crusaders 94-56 on Wednesday evening in Notre Dame, Ind.
Valparaiso is set to take its three-game winning streak on the road Wednesday night as the Crusaders head down the Indiana Toll Road to battle nationally-ranked Notre Dame. Valpo is facing its second ranked opponent of the season in the #17/17-ranked Fighting Irish after having battled then #20 Purdue to a three-point defeat one month ago.
Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland, I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) posted a career-high in scoring and rebounding while tying her career-best in assists as Valparaiso won its third straight game defeating North Texas 73-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso concludes its brief two-game homestand on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain North Texas at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Brown and Gold is looking for its third straight victory following its triumph against Ball State last weekend in the State Farm Hoosier Classic.
Four players scored in double figures as Valparaiso picked up its second straight victory on Saturday afternoon, defeating Ball State 64-55 at the Athletics-Recreation Center as part of the State Farm Hoosier Classic.
Valparaiso comes home to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the first time in 2007-2008 on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host the State Farm Hoosier Classic. The Crusaders will face Ball State in the day’s second game while Butler and Indiana State will meet in the opener beginning at 1:05 p.m.
Agnieszka Kulaga’s(Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) career-high 21 points led four Crusaders in double figures as Valparaiso earned its first victory of the season on Saturday evening, defeating Central Connecticut State 75-67 in the consolation game of the FGCU Thanksgiving Classic held in Fort Myers, Fla.
Valparaiso will try to bounce back from a two-point loss against Eastern Kentucky on just 24 hours rest as the Crusaders face former Mid-Continent Conference foe Central Connecticut State in the Consolation Game of the FGCU Thanksgiving Holiday Classic on Saturday. Both teams enter the contest looking for their first victory of the season.
Eastern Kentucky used a late 11-2 run to rally from a five-point deficit and held on to defeat Valparaiso 66-64 in the opening round of the FGCU Thanksgiving Classic on Friday evening in Fort Myers, Fla.
Valparaiso University head women’s basketball coach Keith Freeman has announced that two junior college players have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Crusaders beginning in the fall of 2008. Joining the Valpo program are Lauren Kenney and Sylwia Zabielewicz.
Valparaiso looks for its first victory of the season on Friday evening as the Crusaders head to the Sunshine State to battle Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament. The host Eagles will meet Central Connecticut State in the second first round contest with the championship and consolation games to be held on Saturday.
Valparaiso wraps up its weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders battle Xavier (Ohio). The Brown and Gold is looking to rebound from a 96-69 defeat on Friday at the hands of Cincinnati.
Valparaiso heads to The Queen City this weekend for a pair of games beginning on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders battle Cincinnati. Valpo looks to rebound from a heartbreaking three-point loss on Monday evening at 20th-ranked Purdue while also looking for the Brown and Gold’s first victory of the 2007-2008 season.
Lakisha Freeman’s jumper with 19.8 seconds remaining gave 20th-ranked Purdue a two-point lead and the Boilermakers held on and survived Valparaiso’s upset bid, defeating the Crusaders 65-62 in front of 8,802 fans at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. on Monday night.
Valparaiso looks to rebound following its season-opening loss at Bowling Green as the Crusaders head to West Lafayette, Ind. on Monday evening to battle the 20th ranked Boilermakers of Purdue. The contest is game two of Valpo’s six-game season-opening road trip.
Valparaiso will open the 2007-2008 campaign on Friday evening as the Crusaders travel to Bowling Green, Ohio to battle the Falcons of Bowling Green. The game is the start of six straight games away from the Athletics-Recreation Center for the Brown and Gold to begin the season.
Aimee Litka(South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s) knocked down six 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 30 points Saturday afternoon, leading Valparaiso to an 85-66 exhibition victory over the Showtime Skins from Australia.
Four players scored in double figures in double figures and two others added nine points a piece as Valparaiso opened exhibition with a 91-48 victory over Trinity Christian on Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso University has been picked to finish fifth in the Horizon League during its inaugural season of play according to the preseason poll selected by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors, and media members.
Valparaiso University’s Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) has been named the 2006-2007 Mid-Continent Conference Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in a vote of the conference’s faculty athletic representatives. The Mid-Con Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is the most prestigious individual honor given by the league.
Valparaiso University’s women’s basketball program, known for their success both on the court and in the classroom, finished the 2006-2007 school year ranked 12th in the nation in NCAA Division I for team grade point average.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball program will host its 13th annual Fall Coaches’ Clinic on September 14-15 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The event will feature six collegiate head coaches, including four at the Division I level, as well as a high school coach.