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Crusaders Earn Season's First Victory Downing Central Connecticut State
Agnieszka Kulaga led Valpo to victory with a career-high 21 points.
Agnieszka Kulaga led Valpo to victory with a career-high 21 points.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Box Score

                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.

                “We did a great job of coming out and playing with a high level of energy today,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

                Valpo started quick offensively and on the defensive end.  The Crusaders held the Blue Devils scoreless for nearly three minutes to open the game and Kulaga hit her first four shots from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers, as Valpo opened a 17-7 at the 12 minute mark.

                The lead grew to 11, 22-11, following Leah Hochstetler’s (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) second triple of the game with 9:30 to play before intermission.  Central Connecticut State answered with back-to-back three-pointers of its own to cut the lead in half.

                Valpo kept the lead between five and eight the rest of the stanza, though, connecting on 9-of-10 from the free throw line in the final five minutes to take a 38-31 lead into the locker room.

                Hochstetler tied her career high with a team-leading 11 points in the first half alone.

                Kulaga hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired and Launa Hochstetler (Berlin,  Ohio/Hiland H.S.) followed a minute later with another three as the lead Crew back to 10, 44-34, out of  the break.

                The lead grew to 13 before the Blue Devils made another run.  Kerrianne Dugan’s second old-fashioned three-point play of the half cut the Valpo lead down to six, 53-47, with 11:31 to play in the game.

                A Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls H.S.) three and an Aimee Likta (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) lay-in pushed the Brown and Gold’s advantage back to 11, 60-49, heading under eight minutes to play.

                Central Connecticut State would not get their deficit below five the rest of the way as the Crusaders connected on 18-of-20 second half free throws to secure the victory.

                “We got the job down knocking down our free throws all night,” Freeman commented.

                Kulaga also had four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in addition to her career scoring night.  Litka added 14 points and a career-high five assists while Ott scored 13 points.  Leah Hochstetler finished the night with her 11 first half points.

                Dugan led Central Connecticut State (0-5) with 19 points while P.J. Wade added 16 points.  Danica Covington had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

                Valpo’s defense held the Blue Devils to just 20% (3-of-15) shooting from beyond the arc while forcing 25 turnovers.

                Valparaiso (1-5) will return to action next Saturday afternoon for the Crusaders’ home opener as part of the State Farm Hoosier Classic.  The Crusaders will face Ball State beginning at 3:05 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center while Butler and Indiana State meet in the first contest at 1:05 p.m.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State