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VALPO LOOKS TO RETURN TO WIN COLUMN AT WESTERN ILLINOIS MONDAY NIGHT

Sunday, February 01, 2004

VALPARAISO (11-9, 6-3 Mid-Con) at WESTERN ILLINOIS (12-7, 6-2 Mid-Con)

WHEN: Monday, February 2, 2004, 7 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Western Hall (5,139), Macomb, Ill.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM), Valparaiso, Ind. JR Radcliffe will handle the play-by-play with Brent Whitlock providing the 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 295-162 overall and 166-115 at Valpo. Western Illinois is led by Leslie Crane, who is 90-70 in her 6th season overall and with the Westerwinds.

SERIES RECORD: Valparaiso holds a 16-10 advantage all-time against the Westerwinds. The Crusaders have won two straight in the series.

LAST MEETING: Valpo beat Western Illinois 60-56 at the ARC back on January 17. Jamie Gutowski led Valpo with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Jenna Stangler added 12 points. Zane Teilane led Western Illinois with 29 points and 13 boards, while Tiffany Cornelius added 14 points.

Valparaiso will look to return to the win column on Monday evening as the Brown and Gold take to the road for the first of three straight games away from the ARC, heading to Western Illinois to battle the second place Westerwinds. The Crusaders will look to stop Western's 23-game homecourt win streak, the nation's third longest.

HAMMEL NEARS 1,000: Suzie Hammel needs just one point to become the tenth Crusader ever to reach 1,000 for her career. The senior is averaging 9.9 points per game over her four-year career to date. Hammel has scored in double-figures in 13 games this season.

HAMMEL AMONG MID-CON'S BEST: Suzie Hammel moved into second place on the Mid-Continent Conference's career three-point chart on Monday with four treys against Centenary last Monday. Hammel has made 219 in her career, trailing just Brenda Doty's (Buffalo) 264 triples.

MAKING THE FREE ONES: Valpo had made its free throws count during Mid-Con play prior to Saturday. The Crusaders are shooting 72.0% from the line during conference action, and have made 113 free throws, one fewer than their opponents have attempted. Valpo could not take advantage from the line on Saturday, however, shooting just 43.8% (6-of-14) against Oakland.

VALPO AMONG NATION'S BEST: The Crusaders currently rank 15th in the nation in turnovers per game according to the January 27 NCAA rankings. Valpo has turned the ball over just 14.5 times per game on the season. Suzie Hammel is 24th in the country in three-point percentage (41.5%), while ranking 33rd in threes per game (2.6).

NO SET LINE-UP: Due to the numerous injuries the Crusaders have suffered this season, not one player has started all 20 games for the Brown and Gold. In fact, just five players have seen action in all 20 contests. Of the five, four are guards.

WESTERN ILLINOIS NOTES: Western Illinois enters the game having won three straight games on their current homestand to extend the nation's third longest homecourt winning streak to 23 straight games. The Westerwinds are coming off of a 62-38 triumph over Centenary on Saturday afternoon.

Tiffany Cornelius leads the Westerwinds in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. The senior also ranks second on the squad grabbing 6.7 rebounds per night.

Zane Teilane is tallying 14.2 points per contest, while grabbing a team-high 9.8 boards per game. While shooting 59.2% from the floor, the 6'7" center also is averaging 4.6 blocked shots per contest on the defensive end. She scored 14 points and added 11 boards on Saturday.

As a team, the Westerwinds are allowing opponents to score just 57.7 points per night and are +7.8 in scoring margin. Western Illinois is also shooting 44.4% from the floor and 73.7% from the free throw line on the season.

The Westerwinds will head out on the road for their next two contests, beginning Saturday at Chicago State.
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