The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end with an 86-58 defeat to No. 21 Drake on Friday afternoon at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. Valpo fought back with a strong second quarter, but couldn’t climb out of an early hole. After picking up a Senior Day win over Loyola and a first-round tournament victory over Indiana State, Valpo’s seniors played their final game in a Valpo uniform on Friday. This senior class became the first in program history to win a conference tournament game in all four seasons.
After topping Indiana State in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Thursday, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team lives to see another day of Hoops in the Heartland. Ninth-seeded Valpo will face a challenging task in Friday’s quarterfinal as it attempts to knock off top-seeded and nationally-ranked Drake, a team that has won this event each of the last two years.
After trailing by as many as 13 points, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team roared from behind and eventually held on for dear life on Thursday evening at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. When the clock hit zero, the Valpo bench erupted with joy, celebrating a 79-77 win over Indiana State in the first round of the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Appropriately enough, it was senior Meredith Hamlet (McBain, Mich. / McBain) who scored a team-high 25 points, helping extend her career beyond Thursday.
Valparaiso University women’s basketball freshman Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis. / Hortonville) was recognized for her immediate contributions on the court this season on Wednesday as she was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team.
Valparaiso University women’s basketball senior Meredith Hamlet (McBain, Mich. / McBain) was recognized for her success both on the court and in the classroom on Tuesday as she received Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.
This week, Valpo women's basketball coach Mary Evans talked about what it's been like to get to know her players over the course of her first season and looked ahead to Thursday's MVC Tournament opener vs. Indiana State.
It’s tournament time for the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team as the program makes its second appearance in Hoops in the Heartland at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. Ninth-seeded Valpo will look to make it back-to-back victories on Thursday in a first-round clash with eighth-seeded Indiana State.
From laughter to tears and everything in between, Saturday ran the full gamut of emotions for the Valparaiso University women’s basketball seniors. But when this year’s seniors stepped off the Athletics-Recreation Center floor for the final time, the emotion they felt was one of delight after turning around a 26-point loss in the conference opener on Jan. 6 at Loyola to beat those same Ramblers 81-74. A game that exemplified the program’s progress over the course of the season saw all five starters finish in double figures in a true team effort.
Coach Evans talked about the senior class and about the parents within the Valpo women's basketball program in advance of Saturday's Senior Day.