Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
VALPARAISO (5-5, 0-0 Mid-Con) at MIAMI (OHIO) (5-4, 0-0 MAC)

Monday, December 29, 2003

WHEN: Tuesday, December 30, 2003, 6 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Millett Hall (9,200), Oxford, Ohio.

RADIO: Tape Delay-WVUR (95.1-FM), Valparaiso, Ind. Jesse Shale will handle the play-by-play.

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 289-158 overall and 160-111 at Valpo. Miami is led by Maria Fantanarosa, who is 93-85 in her 8th season overall and 86-65 in her 7th season with the Blue Demons.

SERIES RECORD: Miami leads the all-time series with the Crusaders 4-0, dating back to an 81-57 victory over Valpo on December 4, 1992 at the Lady Bonnie Classic held in St. Bonaventure, N.Y.

LAST MEETING: Miami defeated Valpo 77-54 to open the 2002-2003 season at the Spartan Chevrolet Classic in East Lansing, Mich. Suzie Hammel led the Crusaders with 14 points, while Kim Lancaster and Jana Butler scored 15 each for the RedHawks.

Valparaiso will conclude the 2003 calendar year with their final non-conference match-up prior to Mid-Continent Conference action on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders head to Miami (Ohio) to battle the RedHawks. Valpo will look to rebound from a 70-47 loss at DePaul right before Christmas.

VALPO IN 2003: Valpo has registered a 17-13 record during the 2003 calendar season heading into the final contest of the year. The Crusaders went 8-2 at the Athletics-Recreation Center and 3-1 on neutral floors.

ANOTHER TOUGH ONE: DePaul marked Valpo's fifth defeat of the season, but all five losses on the year have come to opponents that were ranked in the top-25 or receiving votes at the time the Crusaders played them.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Suzie Hammel ranked 15th in the nation in three-pointers per game as of the last NCAA Ranking on December 15. Through that same period, Valpo ranked ninth in the country as a team in turnovers committed.

KEEPING THEM DOWN: Valpo held DePaul to its lowest offensive output of the season when the Crusaders held the Blue Demons to just 70 points. DePaul entered averaging 95.4 points per game.

GUTOWSKI SCORES IN DOUBLES: Jamie Gutowski has tallied double-figures in three of the last four games. The sophomore guard tied for team-high honors with ten points against DePaul after posting a season-high 17 points against Loyola (Ill.). In her last four games she is averaging 10.5 ppg.

SHARING THE WEALTH: Valparaiso has had a variety of leading scorers this season. Six different Crusaders have led or shared the team lead in scoring in just ten games this year. Suzie Hammel has led the team six times, while Katie Boone, Jenna Stangler, Mayella Kuikhoven, Kathryn Knoester, and Jamie Gutowski have all held the honor as well.

MIAMI NOTES: Miami concludes a four-game homestand hosting Valparaiso. The RedHawks are coming off of an 84-63 win against Portland on Sunday afternoon and have won four of their last five.

The RedHawks have four players averaging in double figures on the year. Colleen Day leads the team in scoring and rebounding, tallying 13.8 points and grabbing 7.8 boards per contest. The senior is also shooting 48.4% from the floor.

Cindi Merrill is second on the team in scoring, posting 12.1 points per outing. Nicki Motto adds 10.8 points per contest, while Amanda Jackson also scores in double figures tallying 10.3 per game. Jackson, a freshman, also leads the team with 21 steals.

The RedHawks are turning the ball over 19.0 times per game and are shooting just 27.5% from three-point range.

Following the game with Valpo, Miami will take to the road for four straight contests, beginning Friday at Missouri, before opening MAC play at Buffalo.
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 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
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
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