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CRUSADERS TO FACE BUTLER THIS SATURDAY AT STATE FARM HOOSIER STATE CLASSIC

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

BUTLER (4-1, 0-0 Horizon) vs. VALPARAISO (1-3, 0-0 Mid-Con)

WHAT: State Farm Hoosier State Classic.

WHEN: Saturday, December 4, 2004, 11 a.m. CST.

WHERE: Hullman Center (10,200), Terre Haute, Ind.

OTHER MATCHUP: Indiana State hosts Ball State at 1:30 p.m. CST.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso). Jeremy Bronn and Mike Hasse broadcasting. Also on the web at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

TV: None.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is led by Keith Freeman, who is in his 17th season of coaching, and 11th with the Crusaders. He is 305-168 overall and 176-121 at Valpo. Butler is led by Beth Couture, who is 282-156 in her 16th season overall and 24-39 in her 3rd season with the Fighting Irish.

SERIES RECORD: Butler leads the all-time series with Valpo 14-2.

LAST MEETING: The Crusaders defeated the Bulldogs 74-67 on December 6, 2004 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Jenna Stangler led Valpo with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Meredith Baugher added 16 points. Dionne Goodwin led Butler with 14 points and eight boards.

VALPO AT STATE FARM HOOSIER STATE CLASSIC: Valparaiso is 3-0 all-time at the Hoosier State Classic. The Crusaders downed Indiana State in 2001, defeated Ball State in 2002, and beat Butler last season.

STANGLER HOT FROM FIELD EARLY ON: Jenna Stangler has been on fire from the floor through the first four games of the season. The senior has connected on 55% of her attempts from the floor and enters play against Butler averaging 19.5 points per game. She is ranked second in the Mid-Con in scoring and tied her career high with 26 points against Saint Xavier on Sunday.

BOONE CONTINUES TO DISH THE ROCK: Katie Boone has done a stellar job at the point guard position for the Crusaders thus far this year. Against #3 Notre Dame, the senior dished out seven assists without committing a turnover. Her 5.2 assist-to-turnover margin includes 26 helpers and just five miscues on the season.

CRUSADERS TAKE CARE OF BASKETBALL: Despite playing team's receiving votes in the top-25 rankings in three of the first four games, Valpo has taken care of the basketball on offense. The Crusaders are averaging just 11.8 turnover per game, while forcing 17.5 from opponents. Valpo leads the Mid-Con in both fewest turnovers per game and turnover margin.

RIETEMA TURNS IT ON: Betsy Rietema is averaging 10.8 points per game and shooting 53.1% from the floor after back-to-back double-figure scoring efforts. The sophomore tied her career-high with 16 points against Notre Dame, including 14 in the second half helping Valpo mount its comeback.

BUTLER NOTES: Butler enters the game having won its last four games after dropping the season opener at Kentucky. The Bulldogs defeated Western Michigan on the road 57-54 on Tuesday night.

Jackie Closser leads the Bulldogs in scoring, averaging 12.8 points and 3.2 assists per game. The sophomore is shooting 53.6% from three-point range.

Ellen Hamilton is also averaging in double-figures for Butler. Her 11.0 points per game have been aided by 94% shooting from the free throw line.

Cortney Urquhart is the Bulldogs' top rebounder. Her 6.0 boards per game include 3.6 on the offensive end. She is averaging 8.8 points per game as well.

Butler enters play +3.8 in turnover margin and is shooting 74% from the line as a team.
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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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
W 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
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