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Valpo Picked to Sixth in Horizon League Women's Hoops Poll
Coach Keith Freeman's squad is tabbed sixth in this year's preseason poll. (Ray Acevedo)
Coach Keith Freeman's squad is tabbed sixth in this year's preseason poll. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Valparaiso University has been predicted to finish in sixth place in the league’s 2009-2010 preseason women’s basketball poll according to the voting done by the other conference head coaches, the league’s sports information directors, and selected media members.

Sixteenth-year head coach Keith Freeman returns eight letterwinners, including two starters from last year’s team which went 16-14 overall and 10-8 in the Horizon League, placing fourth.

The Crusaders tallied 145 points in the preseason poll to place sixth, 10 behind Milwaukee and 15 behind UIC who were tabbed fifth and fourth respectively.

Green Bay was picked to win the league crown for the 12th straight season followed by Cleveland State and Butler.  Wright State was selected seventh followed by Detroit.  Loyola and Youngstown State rounded out the poll.

The voting, awards 10 points for a first place vote through one point for a tenth place vote.

Valparaiso will exhibition play on Sunday afternoon hosting Indianapolis at 1:35 p.m. with the game carried live on the Horizon League Network.  The regular season opens November 14 against Indiana Tech at 7:05 p.m.  

 

2009-2010 Horizon League Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

 

1.

Green Bay (19)

266

2.

Cleveland State (4)

243

3.

Butler

234

4.

UIC

160

5.

Milwaukee (1)

155

6.

Valparaiso

145

7.

Wright State

126

8.

Detroit (1)

103

9.

Loyola

78

10.

Youngstown State

30

 

(First place votes in parentheses)

 

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.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
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
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.
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
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler