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CRUSADERS TAKE TO THE ROAD TO BATTLE IN-STATE FOE IPFW AT THE COLISEUM

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

VALPARAISO (3-4, 0-0 Mid-Con) at IPFW (1-6, Independent)

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2003, 5 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Memorial Coliseum (11,500), Fort Wayne, Ind.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM), Valparaiso, Ind. Andrew Stem will handle the play-by-play, while Brent Whitlock will provide color commentary.

TV: None.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is led by Keith Freeman, who is in his 16th season of coaching, and 10th with the Crusaders. He is 287-157 overall and 158-110 at Valpo. IPFW is led by Bruce Patterson, who is 260-149 in his 13th season overall and 14-48 in his 3rd season with the Mastodons.

SERIES RECORD: The all-time series between Valparaiso and IPFW is tied 4-4, with the first meeting coming during the 1976-1977 season.

LAST MEETING: The two schools have not met since January 19, 1984 when IPFW posted a 79-64 victory over the Crusaders in Fort Wayne.

The Valparaiso Crusaders, winners in three of their last four contests, will take to the road Wednesday evening for a game against IPFW at the Fort Wayne Coliseum.

DOUBLE (TRIPLE AND MORE) TROUBLE: Valparaiso placed five players in double-figures on Saturday afternoon against Butler in the Hoosier State Classic. Jenna Stangler led the way with a career high 22 points, while Meredith Baugher added 16 more. Jamie Gutowski scored 12 points, while Katie Boone and Suzie Hammel each chipped in ten a piece for the Brown and Gold.

BOONE DISHES THE ROCK: Katie Boone had stellar games distributing the ball over the past two contests. The junior point guard tied a career high dishing out nine assists while committing just two turnovers against Purdue. She followed that performance up with seven assists and just one giveaway against Butler.

ROUGH SCHEDULE: Valpo's first six games saw the Crusaders face four opponents that were ranked in the top-25 or receiving votes when the Crusaders played them.

PROTECTING THE BASKETBALL: Valpo has committed just 13.1 turnovers per game in the early going, despite the difficult schedule. The Crusaders committed just 12 turnovers against Purdue and gave the ball up only ten times against Butler.

HAMMEL ON FIRE: Suzie Hammel has caught fire from long-range over the past several games. She is second in the Mid-Con making 2.43 treys per contest, and is shooting 41.5% from outside the arc. She has scored in double-figures in each of her last four games, averaging 14.5 per game over the span.

QUEENS OF THE HOOSIER CLASSIC: Valpo posted its third straight win in the Hoosier State Classic on Saturday. The Crusaders 3-1 record all-time ties Indiana State's for best in classic history.

IPFW NOTES: IPFW returns home for the first time since November 25 on Wednesday evening to entertain the Crusaders. The Mastodons dropped their first five decisions of the season before defeating Akron on the road 55-54 on December 2. In their last outing, IPFW fell 91-68 at Bowling Green on Saturday.

Amy Gearlds leads the Mastodons in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per contest. The senior poured in a team-high 25 points against the Falcons on Saturday. She leads the team shooting 80% from the free throw line.

Verea Bibbs is also scoring in double-figures for IPFW. Scoring 13.7 points per game, she also is grabbing a team-best 9.4 boards per night. In the loss at Bowling Green, she scored 24 points on 12-of-14 shooting from the floor, and is shooting 58.8% from the field on the year.

IPFW is beginning a five-game homestand against Valpo, but will not take the court again until December 21 when the Mastodons host Utah State.
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