Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
VALPO BATTLES #18/19 DEPAUL ON WEDNESDAY AT DARTMOUTH BLUE SKY C LASSIC

Monday, December 27, 2004

VALPARAISO (5-4, 0-0 Mid-Con) vs. #18/19 DePAUL (8-2, 0-0 Conference USA)

WHAT: Dartmouth Blue Sky Classic

WHEN: Wednesday, December 29, 2004, 4 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.

FIRST ROUND: Valpo vs. DePaul, Richmond (8-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10) at Dartmouth (3-4, 0-0 Ivy).

CHAMPIONSHIP: Winners meet for the Championship on Dec. 30 while the losers will play in the consolation game. Game times are set for 4 p.m. CST for the consolation game and 6 p.m. CST for the championship.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM) and on the internet at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Andy Viano and Baron Brendel will call all of the action.

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 309-169 overall and 180-122 at Valpo. DePaul is led by Doug Bruno, who is 370-235 in his 21st season overall and 330-207 in his 19th season with the Blue Demons.

SERIES RECORD: DePaul leads the all-time series with the Crusaders 15-0.

LAST MEETING: DePaul defeated Valparaiso 70-47 on December 21, 2003 in Chicago. Jamie Gutowski led Valpo with ten points, while Khara Smith scored 15 points for the Blue Demons.

After back-to-back wins before Christmas, Valparaiso looks to continue its winning ways on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders battle #18/19 DePaul in the first round of the Dartmouth Blue Sky Classic. Valpo is coming off of a 56-50 victory at Washington State on December 21.

VALPO AMONG NATION'S BEST TAKING CARE OF THE BASKETBALL: The Crusaders are averaging just 11.5 turnover per game this season, which currently ranks second best in the country in the rankings through December 20. Villanova is the nation's leader turning the ball over just 9.6 times per contest. Following the Washington State game, Valpo's turnover mark has moved up just slightly to 11.6 per game.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Jenna Stangler leads the team in scoring averaging 16.4 points per game. The senior forward has tallied double-figures in each of her first nine games this season. The double-figure streak was extended to 11 straight games including the last two in 2003-2004. She has tallied 20 or more points twice already this year and currently ranks third in the Mid-Con in scoring.

SULTAN OF SWATS: Tamra Braun is knocking about every shot she sees away in during non-conference play. She has 20 blocks on the year, and now has 51 for her career, just two rejections shy of moving onto Valpo's top-ten blocked shot list. Her 2.0 blocks per game rank 48th in Division I through games of December 20.

NEUTRAL SITES COMMON FOR VALPO: Valparaiso's game against DePaul will be the Crusaders' fifth neutral site contest of the season. Valpo is 2-2 on neutral floors, dropping games to Virginia Tech and Arkansas State at the Subway Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. to open the year. Since then, Valpo has defeated Saint Xavier in Gary, Ind. and Butler in Terre Haute, Ind.

KNOCKING THEM DOWN: Jenna Stangler's 86.7% shooting from the free throw line was 48th best in the nation through December 20. The senior ranks second in the Mid-Con at the line.

DePAUL NOTES: DePaul enters the game having won two straight after rebounding from back-to-back losses to ranked teams. The Blue Demons entered the holiday break with an 86-61 victory at Saint Peter's on December 21.

The Blue Demons have five players averaging in double-figures on the season. Khara Smith leads the team posting 20.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per night. She is shooting 62.1% from the floor.

Jenni Dant and Allie Quigley are adding 13.9 and 13.8 points per game respectively.

As a team, DePaul is averaging 88.1 points per contest and are +25.5 in scoring margin. The Blue Demons are also +13.0 on the boards.

This game marks the fifth straight game away from Chicago for DePaul.
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
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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
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