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Crusader Women Fall at #22 South Dakota State
Launa Hochstetler scored a career-high 24 points against the Jackrabbits. (Ray Acevedo)
Launa Hochstetler scored a career-high 24 points against the Jackrabbits. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) scored a career high 24 points, including 20 in the second half, but Valparaiso could not overcome foul trouble and 26 turnovers, falling to 22nd-ranked South Dakota State 74-58 on Sunday afternoon in Brookings, S.D.

Valpo started the game strong, making six of its first nine shots from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers by Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.).  The defense limited the Jackrabbits to just one make in their first nine attempts and the Crusaders took an early 16-5 lead at the 13:21 mark.

After South Dakota State cut the lead to within seven, Litka’s third trey of the half gave Valpo a 20-10 lead.  The Jackrabbits went on a 13-4 run to close within one, 24-23, at the 5:36 mark before the Crusader pushed the lead back to four, 27-23.

“We got off to a good start but then we went a tad fast,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

Valpo got into foul trouble late in the first half, with six players collecting two fouls each.  The hosts went to the free throw line 16 times total in the first 20 minutes, and closed the half scoring the final 12 points over the final four minutes to take a 35-27 lead into the locker room.

“It was difficult to run the offense the way we want to when we got into foul trouble,” Freeman said.  “Launa picking up her second midway through the half hurt.”

The Crusaders turned the ball over 10 times in the first half compared with just three for the Jackrabbits.  That helped South Dakota State offset the 24-17 rebounding advantage that Valpo held.  Litka led Valpo with nine points at the break with Jill Young had nine points on three triples for the Jackrabbits.

A Hochstetler triple and three-point play in the paint spearheaded an 8-0 run for Valpo to start the second half and tie the game at 35.  The Jackrabbits answered with seven of their own, five by Kristin Rotert, including a three, to go back on top.

“We did a great job at the start of the second half to battle back and tie the game,” added Freeman.

That was part of a 17-2 run that included two more three-pointers by Rotert as South Dakota State took a 54-39 lead with 13:05 to play in the game.

Valpo went cold from the floor after starting the second half four-for-five.  The Crusaders went 11 minutes without a field goal, allowing the Jackrabbits to extend the lead to 20, 65-45 at the 6:35 mark.

A 13-3 run brought the Brown and Gold to within 10, 68-58, with 2:39 to play, but the Crusaders to not get any closer down the stretch.

Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) was the only other Crusader to score in double figures on the afternoon, tallying 10 points while grabbing a game-high seven rebounds.  Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala Wladyslawa Andersa H.S.) also grabbed seven boards in the game.

Stacie Oistad led South Dakota State (12-1) with 14 points while Jennifer Warkenthien and Rotert each had 13 points for the Jackrabbits.

Valpo held a 43-28 advantage in rebounding, but the 26 turnovers proved to be a difference as the Jackrabbits committed just eight miscues.

“We rebounded well against a team that is a good rebounding team,” said Freeman.  “We needed to take care of the ball better.  Hopefully playing against this type of competition will get us ready for the rigors of Horizon League play where there will be this kind of play night in and night out.”

Valparaiso (4-4) will take eight days off for the Christmas holiday before returning to action on Monday, December 29 in Bethlehem, Pa. as the Crusaders take part in the Christmas City Classic hosted by Lehigh.  Valpo will face La Salle in the opening round game beginning at 4 p.m. CST with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

Game Notes: Hochstetler’s previous career high was 21 set against Western Illinois on February 17, 2007 … Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liecum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) failed to tally double figures for the first time in 18 games … with a crowd of 1,531, it is the seventh straight game Valpo has played in front of more than 1,000 fans … the all-time series is tied 1-1. Hochstetler’s previous career high was 21 set against Western Illinois on February 17, 2007 … Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.), who had played just 18 minutes total all season saw 15 minutes of action and scored four points … this was Valpo’s third straight game against a top-25 foe, the most the Crusaders have played in a season ever … with a crowd of 1,531, it is the seventh straight game Valpo has played in front of more than 1,000 fans … the all-time series is tied 1-1.

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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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