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Crusaders Rally Falls Just Short Against Kansas State

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Valparaiso rallied from a 16-point second half deficit and closed within three in the final six minutes, but fell short on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 71-63 decision to Kansas State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Crusaders attempted to become the first #15 seed in tournament history ever to win a game, and battled to the final horn against the Mideast Region's second seed. Valpo was unable to score from the field in the game's final 6:41.

The Wildcats jumped out to a lead from the opening tip, scoring on their first eight possessions of the game to build a 17-7 advantage just 4:32 into the contest. The lead swelled to 13, 22-9, by the 12:19 mark before the Crusaders made their first run of the game.

Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) made a three, and following a Kansas State lay-in, Valpo then scored the game's next nine points. Five free throws, a lay-in by Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) and a putback basket by Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) closed the deficit to three, 24-21, with 6:56 to play. After the team's traded free throws and three-pointers, Gutowski made two free throws to bring the Brown and Gold within a point, 29-28, with 5:17 left in the half.

After the Kansas State lead went back to seven, Valpo closed to within two again prior to half, but entered the locker room down 41-35.

The Wildcats again started fast in the second half, building a 60-44 lead with 12:26 remaining in the game. A Meredith Baugher (Berea, Ohio/Berea H.S.) three-point play the conventional way started a 12-0 run, which brought the near capacity crowd into the game trying to spur on the underdog Crusaders. Baugher made two more free throws and Suzie Hammel (Lafayette, Ind./Lebanon H.S.) drained a three midway through the run, and a steal by Hammel led to a Gutowski lay-in to cap the spurt and close to 60-56 with 8:52 to play.

After a Kansas State basket, Hammel drained another three to cut the deficit to three at the 6:41 mark, but that would be Valpo's last field goal. The Crusaders were still within three until Nicole Ohlde scored with 4:11 remaining, and another K-State basket pushed the lead to seven with 3:21 to play. Valpo had several chances to cut into the lead, but were unable to cut the lead any further.

Gutowski led the Crusaders with 20 points, including four three-pointers, while Stangler added ten points and ten rebounds. Boone dished out seven assists while committing just one turnover.

Ohlde led the Wildcats with 25 points, 15 from the line, while Kendra Wecker added 15 points and grabbed 13 boards. Laurie Koehn made four threes and scored 14.

Valpo made 20-of-24 free throws (83.3%) but shot just 35.3% from the floor while Kansas State made 48.9% of their shots from the field. The Crusaders also committed just 11 turnovers and forced 13 from Kansas State (25-5).

Valparaiso (20-12) concluded its season with its fourth 20-win season in school history, and its third straight postseason appearance, including its second straight NCAA berth.
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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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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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