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Valpo Defeats Butler in Horizon League Debut for 11th Straight Home Victory
Agnieszka Kulaga tallied 29 as Valpo won its Horizon League opener.
Agnieszka Kulaga tallied 29 as Valpo won its Horizon League opener.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Box Score

                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.

                With the victory, Valpo extends the 10th longest homecourt in the nation to 11 straight wins.  The Crusaders also snapped Butler’s eight-game winning streak overall, the 13th longest in the country.

                Kulaga made eight of her first 11 shots from the floor and finished a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, including 4-of-4 in the final minute, while adding six rebounds, six steals, and four assists.

                “I’m proud of Aggie,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “She is playing like the vision I had for her while recruiting her out of Poland.  It is neat to see how much better she has gotten.”

                Valpo jumped in front early 8-2, only to see the Bulldogs tie the game at 11 eight minutes into the contest.  The Crusaders slowly rebuilt the advantage, and used a 13-5 run to build a nine-point advantage with 4:33 to play in the half.  After Butler cut the lead to five, Valpo scored the final five points of the stanza to take a 37-27 lead into the locker room.

                “I thought we had a good first half and did enough good things in the second half not to let them completely back in the game,” Freeman said.

                The Crusader advantage remained between seven and 12 through the first 10 minutes of the second half.  Butler made a run, cutting the lead to two, 61-59, with 4:39 to play in the game.  Kulaga then found Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) down low for an old-fashioned three-point play.

                Valpo made 10-of-10 free throws in the final minute to secure their first Horizon League victory.

                “The ability to shoot free throws has been a major key for us,” Freeman added.  “We can put five players at the end of the game to close it out.”

                Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls H.S.) scored 14 points, including 12 in the second half, to tie her season high scoring out put.  The redshirt-junior was a perfect 4-of-4 from both the field and the line, including a pair of triples.

                Farris also tied her season high with 11 points while Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) added 10 more to score in double figures for the 11th time in 12 games.

                Lade Akande lead Butler (10-2, 0-1 Horizon) with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting while Tara Miller added 15 more points for the Bulldogs.

                “We are a team still trying to get better every day and have lots of improvement left in us,” Freeman concluded with.

                Valparaiso’s (6-6, 1-0) next chance to improve will come on Thursday evening as the Crusaders head to Chicago, Ill. looking for its first road victory of the season.  The Crusaders will face UIC beginning at 7 p.m. with all the action carried live on the Horizon League Network as well as www.sportsjuice.com.

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
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo