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Tuesday, March 09, 2004

For the second straight season, Valparaiso won the Hereford House Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, as the Crusaders defeated Oral Roberts 64-63 on Tuesday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo. With the win, the Crusaders are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

The Crusaders never trailed in the second half but was never able to build a lead larger than six the entire stanza. With the game tied at 32 at intermission, the teams seemingly traded baskets in the second half. A Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) lay-in at the 13:41 mark gave Valpo a six point advantage, 48-42. The advantage was short lived though, as the Golden Eagles fought back to tie the contest at 52 with 8:53 to play.

After Valpo split a pair of free throws, Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) grabbed the rebound, scored and was fouled to complete a three-point play, beginning six straight Crusader points. The lead remained at five, 62-57, with 2:44 left before back-to-back baskets by Leah Cannon and Katie Langford cut the led to one at the 2:02 mark.

Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) grabbed an offensive board for the Crusaders and was fouled. Her two free thrwos put Valpo back in front by three, 64-61, with 1:35 to play. An Oral Roberts turnover and a Valpo missed free throw allowed the Golden Eagles a chance to tie, but a missed three-pointer turned into a putback for Langford to cut the lead to one. Valpo missed two more free throws, but Langford's game-winning three-point attempt missed the mark with four seconds remaining and Besty Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) grabbed the board for Valpo. She was fouled with 0.2 seconds remaining, securing the Crusaders return trip to the Big Dance.

Oral Roberts (17-13) led for the majority of the first eight minutes of the game, taking a 14-11 lead with 13:01 left. Valpo went on a 13-2 spurt, the largest of the game, to build a 24-16 advantage with 8:27 to play. A Kathryn Knoester (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) put Valpo in front for good during the run, and followed it up with a steal and a lay-in.

The Golden Eagles fought back with a late 9-3 run, and tied the game at intermission after an Elisha Turek basket late in the half.

Stangler led the Crusaders with 12 points while Rietema and Meredith Baugher (Berea, Ohio/Berea H.S.) added 11 each. Hammel dished out seven assists while committing just one turnover, and Boone grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Cannon led Oral Roberts with 17 points, while Turek and Langford added 12 each for the Golden Eagles. Turek grabbed a game-high ten rebounds, while Cannon dished out eight assists.

Both teams shot well, with Valpo connecting on 49.1% from the floor and Oral Roberts making 48.1% of their attempts. Oral Roberts outrebounded the Crusaders 33-27, but Valpo committed just ten turnovers while forcing 13.

With the victory, Valpo (20-11) earned its fourth 20-win season in school history. The Crusaders will have to wait until Sunday to learn who they will face in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which begins March 20-21.
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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