Valpo Women to Face Detroit to Open Horizon League Championship
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Valpo Women to Face Detroit to Open Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso’s women’s basketball team will open the 2011 Horizon League Championship on Monday evening, March 7 at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich. as the Crusaders battle Detroit.  Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CST.

The Crusaders (7-23, 4-14 Horizon) and Titans (12-17, 6-12) split their regular season meetings, each defending their own home court.  Detroit, the tournament’s seventh seed, posted a 68-52 win in the Motor City on Jan. 6 while the Crusaders, the number 10 seed in the tournament, earned a 57-46 triumph at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Feb. 5.

The game can be seen live online through the Horizon League Network and can be heard live both online at and on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).

The winner of the Valpo-Detroit first round game will head to Indianapolis, Ind. on Wednesday, March 9, for a 6 p.m. game against the number two seed, Butler, in the quarterfinals.  That quarterfinal winner would meet the winner of the third-seeded Cleveland State Vikings and the sixth-seeded UIC Flames in the semifinals on Friday, March 11.

On the other side of the bracket, number eight Loyola will host number nine Youngstown State on Monday in a first round game with the winner headed to top-seeded Green Bay on Wednesday.  The other quarterfinal on that side matches fourth-seeded Wright State and fifth-seeded Milwaukee.

The Horizon League title game, and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, will be decided on Sunday, March 13.