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June 09, 2005
Valparaiso University head basketball coach Keith Freeman has announced the hiring of Andrea Bloodworth as an assistant coach heading into the 2005-2006 season.
May 23, 2005
Valparaiso University associate head coach Caroline McCombs has resigned from her position at the university to take an assistant coaching job at the University of Pittsburgh.
April 28, 2005
Valparaiso University head coach Keith Freeman has announced that Sanna Helenius has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Crusaders starting in the fall.
March 15, 2005
Valparaiso University's Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference women's Student-Athlete of the Month for February.
March 10, 2005
Marlous Nieuwveen has become the first former Valparaiso Crusader to sign a contract in the WNBA, having signed with the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday.
March 05, 2005
Despite a double-double by Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.), Valparaiso saw its 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament appearance come to an abrupt end as the second-seeded Crusaders were upset by seventh-seeded UMKC 59-49 on Saturday afternoon at the John Q. Hammons arena in Tulsa, Okla.
March 03, 2005
Valparaiso begins defense of its Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders face UMKC in the quarterfinals. The two-time champions have won five straight heading into the tournament.
March 02, 2005
Valparaiso University's Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) has been named to the Mid-Continent Conference First Team and Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) has earned Second Team honors as the league announced its annual postseason awards on Wednesday afternoon.
March 01, 2005
Valparaiso University's Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Co-Player of the Week following her performances this weekend that led the Crusaders to a pair of victories.
March 01, 2005
Valparaiso University has earned the second seed for this weekend's Toshiba Mid-Continent Conference Tournament to be held in Tulsa, Okla. and will face UMKC on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
February 28, 2005
Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) made a school record nine three-pointers and Valparaiso shot 68.2% from beyond the arc for the game as a team as the Crusaders defeated UMKC 80-56 in the regular season finale for both teams Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 27, 2005
Valparaiso returns to the ARC to conclude the regular season on Monday evening against UMKC. The Crusaders need a win against the Kangaroos to secure the second seed in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament which begins on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla.
February 26, 2005
Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) hit six first half three-pointers and Valparaiso's defense took over in the second half as the Crusaders defeated Oral Roberts 69-58 on Saturday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla. to spoil Senior Day for the Golden Eagles.
February 23, 2005
Valparaiso takes its three-game winning streak on the road for the final time during the regular season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Oral Roberts for a key Mid-Continent Conference tilt.
February 21, 2005
The Valparaiso women's basketball team will be holding its 2005 summer camps this June and July.
February 19, 2005
Valparaiso moved back into second place in the Mid-Continent Conference after a convincing 58-38 victory over Southern Utah on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 17, 2005
Valparaiso University's Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) has been named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Women's Basketball Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
February 16, 2005
After back-to-back victories, Valparaiso returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center for Senior Day on Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders entertain Southern Utah. The game will be broadcast on www.sportsjuice.com
February 15, 2005
Valparaiso University sophomore Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Co-Player of the Week after her performances over the last three games.
February 14, 2005
Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) scored a career-high 25 points as Valparaiso defeated IUPUI 56-45 on Monday evening in Indianapolis, Ind.
February 13, 2005
After knocking off first place Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon, the Valparaiso Crusaders return to the hardwood Monday night when they travel to IUPUI. The contest will mark Valpo's third game in five days. The game will be broadcast on www.sportsjuice.com.
February 12, 2005
Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) recorded a double-double and Valparaiso held Western Illinois to just 24.1% shooting in the first half as the Crusaders defeated the first place Westerwinds 58-45 on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,114 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 11, 2005
Valparaiso plays the second game of a three-game in five-day stretch on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host first place Western Illinois. The Crusaders find themselves in a third place tie entering play.
February 10, 2005
Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) scored a career-high 27 points, but Chicago State made a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds left to defeat Valparaiso 58-56 on Thursday night in Chicago, Ill.
February 08, 2005
Having won three of its last four games, Valparaiso takes to the road for a rare Thursday evening affair as the Crusaders head to Chicago State.
February 05, 2005
Valparaiso converted 24 Centenary turnovers into 31 points as the Crusaders defeated the Ladies 59-39 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 02, 2005
Valparaiso will look to bounce back from Monday's two-point loss to Oakland when the Crusaders entertain Centenary on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 31, 2005
Valparaiso rallied from an 18-point first half deficit to take the lead late, but Oakland rebounded to post a 58-56 victory over the Crusaders on Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 30, 2005
After topping Southern Utah at the buzzer on Saturday night, Valparaiso returns home Monday evening to entertain Oakland marking the start of the second half of the Mid-Continent Conference season. The Crusaders, sitting in second place in the standings, trail Western Illinois by two games.
January 29, 2005
Tamra Braun's (Savage, Minn./Savage H.S.) lay-in with 0.5 seconds left gave Valparaiso a come-from-behind 53-51 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday night in Cedar City, Utah.
January 26, 2005
Valparaiso will look to finish the first half of the Mid-Continent Conference season with back-to-back wins as the Crusaders travel to Southern Utah on Saturday to battle the Thunderbirds. Valpo is coming off of a convincing 69-36 win over IUPUI on Monday night.
January 24, 2005
Led by 77.3% shooting in the second half while allowing the second fewest points in school history, Valparaiso cruised to a 69-36 victory over IUPUI on Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 23, 2005
Valparaiso will look to rebound from a heartbreaking overtime loss at Western Illinois as the Crusaders host IUPUI on Monday evening. Valpo enters the game tied with Oakland for second place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings nearing the midway point in league play. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
January 22, 2005
Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, but Western Illinois made 10-of-14 free throws in overtime to give the Westerwinds a 56-52 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday evening in Macomb, Ill.
January 20, 2005
Valparaiso will have its hands full as the Crusaders take to the road on Saturday to face Western Illinois. The Westerwinds currently own the nation's longest home court win streak, having posted 33 straight victories at Western Hall.
January 17, 2005
Valparaiso held Chicago State to just 32.7% shooting and force 17 turnovers as the Crusaders defeated the Cougars 52-48 on Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 16, 2005
After struggling to score on Saturday afternoon in a loss at UMKC, the Valparaiso University Crusaders will look to rebound on Monday evening as the Crusaders host Chicago State.
January 15, 2005
With temperatures hovering below 20 degrees outside in Kansas City, Mo., Valparaiso's shooting was even colder on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders shot just 16.1% (10-of-62) from the floor in a 47-35 loss to UMKC.
January 13, 2005
After a week off, the first place Valparaiso Crusaders will put their perfect 5-0 road record to the test on Saturday afternoon as the Brown and Gold travels to Kansas City to battle the UMKC Kangaroos. Valpo is coming off of a 72-55 win over Oral Roberts last Saturday.
January 11, 2005
Valparaiso University's Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of victories last week.
January 08, 2005
Valparaiso moved into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Continent Conference on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Oral Roberts 72-55 at the Athletics-Recreation Center to move to 3-0 in league play.
January 07, 2005
Valparaiso returns to the ARC for the first time in nearly a month on Saturday, as the Crusaders host Oral Roberts in a rematch of last year's Mid-Continent Conference Tournament championship game won by the Crusaders.
January 05, 2005
Playing the final game of a six-game, 7,899 mile road trip, Valparaiso went into Rochester, Mich. and defeated Oakland 68-63 on Wednesday evening.
January 04, 2005
Valparaiso, winners of four of its last five, will close out its road trip on Wednesday night as the Crusaders travel to Oakland. Valpo is coming off of a 79-56 victory at Centenary on Monday night in its Mid-Continent Conference opener.
January 03, 2005
Five players scored in double-figures as Valparaiso opened Mid-Continent Conference play with a 79-56 victory over Centenary on Monday evening in Shreveport, La.
December 31, 2004
Coming off of a 66-60 victory at Dartmouth on Thursday night, the Valparaiso Crusaders will open Mid-Continent Conference action on the road Monday evening, as the Brown and Gold head to Centenary.
December 30, 2004
Valparaiso finished off its non-conference schedule with a 66-60 victory over Dartmouth on Thursday evening in the consolation game of the Blue Sky Classic held in Hanover, N.H.
December 29, 2004
A 14-0 run out of the gate was more than enough for #19/18 DePaul, as the Blue Demons defeated Valparaiso 75-49 on Wednesday evening in the first round of the Blue Sky Classic held in Hanover, N.H.
December 29, 2004
Valparaiso will look to rebound from a 75-49 loss at the hands of #19/18 DePaul when the Crusaders face Dartmouth, the tournament host, in the consolation game of the Blue Sky Classic on Thursday evening.
December 27, 2004
After back-to-back wins before Christmas, Valparaiso looks to continue its winning ways on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders battle #18/19 DePaul in the first round of the Dartmouth Blue Sky Classic. Valpo is coming off of a 56-50 victory at Washington State on December 21.
December 21, 2004
Valparaiso traveled to the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday evening and defeated Washington State 56-50 in Pullman, Wash.
December 19, 2004
Fresh off of a 72-61 victory over Loyola (Ill.) on Saturday, the Valparaiso Crusaders continue their six-game road trip on Tuesday night as the Brown and Gold travel to the Pacific Northwest to battle the Washington State Cougars.
December 18, 2004
Despite four players logging 37 or more minutes with a shortened bench due to injury, Valparaiso rallied from a one-point halftime deficit to defeat Loyola (Ill.) 72-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Gentile Center in Chicago, Ill.
December 17, 2004
The start time for Valparaiso University's women's basketball game against IUPUI on January 24 has been moved to 5 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
December 15, 2004
Valparaiso heads out on to the road on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders begin a six-game stretch away from the ARC starting in Chicago against Loyola. Valpo will not return home until after the first of the year.
December 14, 2004
Valparaiso University's Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball after her performances last week.
December 11, 2004
Cindi Merrill's basket with 1.7 seconds remaining lifted Miami (Ohio) to a 54-53 come-from-behind victory over Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
December 09, 2004
Valparaiso will look to defeat Miami (Ohio) for the first time in school history on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders put their two-game winning streak on the line against the RedHawks. This marks the sixth meeting all-time between the two schools, and the fifth straight year they have met on the hardwood.
December 08, 2004
After making just 14 three-point field goals in their first five games, the Valparaiso Crusaders erupted for a school record 17 triples on Wednesday night as the Brown and Gold defeated Central Michigan 81-60 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
December 07, 2004
After a thrilling overtime victory over Butler on Saturday at the State Farm Hoosier State Classic, Valparaiso returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday night to meet Miami (Ohio). The Crusaders are looking to even their record on the season with a victory.
December 04, 2004
Jenna Stangler's (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) 12-footer at the buzzer of regulation forced overtime and Valparaiso dominated the extra session as the Crusaders defeated Butler 61-51 on Saturday afternoon at the State Farm Hoosier State Classic in Terre Haute, Ind.
December 01, 2004
After battling third-ranked Notre Dame to the final buzzer in a close loss on Tuesday, the Valparaiso Crusaders will look to return to the win column on Saturday against Butler in the State Farm Hoosier State Classic.
November 30, 2004
Valparaiso was within two points of third-ranked Notre Dame with just 6:19 remaining before the Fighting Irish held off the late charge as the Crusaders dropped a 69-59 decision before 2,214 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
November 29, 2004
After picking up their first victory of the season on Sunday afternoon against Saint Xavier, the Valparaiso Crusaders open their home campaign on Tuesday night against the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
November 28, 2004
Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) tied a career high with 26 points to lead Valparaiso to a 67-51 victory over Saint Xavier in the State Farm Classic at the Genesis Center in Gary, Ind.
November 26, 2004
After an eight-day lay off for Thanksgiving, Valparaiso will return to the hardwood on Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso State Farm Classic held at the Genesis Center in Gary, Ind. to battle Saint Xavier. The Crusaders are looking for their first victory of the season after dropping a pair of contests at the Minnesota Subway Classic.
November 20, 2004
Behind 64.3% shooting in the second half, Arkansas State turned a two-point halftime lead into an 82-61 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday evening in the consolation game of the Subway Classic held in Minneapolis, Minn.
November 19, 2004
Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) scored 23 points in the return to her hometown, but it was not enough as Valparaiso dropped a 64-57 decision to Virginia Tech in the first round of the Subway Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.
November 17, 2004
Valparaiso University women's basketball coach Keith Freeman is looking for fans to help pack the Athletics-Recreation Center on November 30 to help lead the Crusaders to a win over Notre Dame and at the same time help the American Cancer Society win in the battle with cancer.
November 10, 2004
Valparaiso University head coach Keith Freeman has announced the signing of three players that will join the Crusader program for the 2005-2006 season. Aimee Litka, along with twin sisters Launa and Leah Hochstetler signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to join the Valpo program.
November 07, 2004
Valparaiso took a nine-point lead into intermission, but the Hoosier Lady Stars scored 44 second half points to defeat the Crusaders 71-65 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Sunday afternoon in exhibition play.
November 03, 2004
After back-to-back Mid-Continent Conference Tournament titles and two straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, expectations are high for the 2004-2005 Valparaiso Crusaders.
October 21, 2004
The defending Mid-Continent Conference Tournament champion Valparaiso Crusaders have been selected to win the regular season in 2004-2005 according to a vote of the conference coaches, sports information directors, and selected media members according the preseason poll that was released on Thursday. Seniors Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) and Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) were selected to the preseason First and Second Teams respectively as well.
October 14, 2004
Midnight Mayhem at Valparaiso University will be on Friday beginning at 10 p.m. in the Athletics-Recreation Center.
September 06, 2004
Valparaiso University's women's basketball team is set to play in several tournaments, including the Valparaiso University State Farm Classic, and will host Notre Dame this season as the Crusaders released their 2004-2005 schedule on Monday.
August 27, 2004
For the sixth straight season Valparaiso University's women's basketball team has been ranked in the top-25 among the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Honor Roll. The Crusaders ranked sixth in the country in team grade point average for the 2003-2004 school year, marking the third straight season the Crusaders have been ranked in the top-ten.
August 25, 2004
Valparaiso University women's basketball coach Keith Freeman has announced that Renee' Turpa has joined the staff as the director of basketball operations, while Caroline McCombs has been promoted to associate head coach and Erika Roudebush has been moved to an assistant coach.
August 25, 2004
Valparaiso University will be holding its tenth annual Fall Coaches' Clinic on Friday and Saturday, September 17-18.
W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler