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VALPO LOOK TO MOVE OVER .500 TUESDAY AS CRUSADERS TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON STATE

Sunday, December 19, 2004

VALPARAISO (4-4, 0-0 Mid-Con) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-4, 0-0 Pacific-10)

WHEN: Tuesday, December 21, 2004, 9 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Friel Court (11,566), Pullman, Wash.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso). Andrew Stem and Ken LaVicka broadcasting. Also available 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 308-169 overall and 179-122 at Valpo. Washington State is led by Sherri Murrell, who is 132-131 in her 10th season overall and 12-52 in her 3rd season with the Cougars.

SERIES RECORD: This will be the first meeting all-time between Valparaiso and Washington State.

LAST MEETING: None.

Fresh off of a 72-61 victory over Loyola (Ill.) on Saturday, the Valparaiso Crusaders continue their six-game road trip on Tuesday night as the Brown and Gold travel to the Pacific Northwest to battle the Washington State Cougars.

VALPO AMONG NATION'S BEST TAKING CARE OF THE BASKETBALL: The Crusaders are averaging just 11.4 turnover per game this season, which currently ranks third best in the country in the rankings through December 13. Villanova is the nation's leader turning the ball over just 9.6 times per contest. Following the Loyola (Ill.) game, Valpo's turnover mark has moved up just slightly to 11.5 per game.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Jenna Stangler leads the team in scoring averaging 16.5 points per game. The senior forward has tallied double-figures in each of her first eight games this season. The double-figure streak was extended to ten straight games including the last two in 2003-2004. She has tallied 20 or more points twice already this year.

SUPER SUB: Lauren Bechtold has filled in well at the starting point guard position the last three games for the Crusaders. The junior has averaged 6.7 assists per game, including a career-high nine against Loyola (Ill.) on Saturday. In addition, she has averaged 9.7 points per game during the span.

SULTAN OF SWATS: Tamra Braun is knocking about every shot she sees away in the early going. She has 16 blocks on the year, and now has 47 for her career, just five rejections shy of moving onto Valpo's top-ten blocked shot list. Her 2.1 blocks per game rank 41st in Division I through games of December 13.

SUPER WOMEN: Four Crusaders logged 37 or minutes of playing time against Loyola (Ill.) on Saturday. Lauren Bechtold (40), Jenna Stangler (39), Jamie Gutowski (38), and Carrie Myers (37) were all called upon to help carry the load as the Brown and Gold had just eight players dressed for the game due to injuries.

WASHINGTON STATE NOTES: Washington State saw its record drop to the .500 mark after a tough 54-53 loss at home to Eastern Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars have alternated wins and losses throughout the first eight games of the season.

Adriane Ferguson leads the way offensively for the Cougars. The sophomore is averaging 13.6 points per game. Kate Benz has added 11.3 points, while Keisha Moore scored 11 points on Saturday in her first action of the season.

Benz is the team's leading rebounder, grabbing 8.5 boards per game. The sophomore is shooting 51.4% from the floor as well.

Washington State is holding teams to just 59.5 points per contest on the season, and have not allowed more than 65 in their last four games. As a team, the Cougars are shooting 36.4% from the floor and 31.8% from outside the arc. They are proficient from the free throw line though, making 73.6% of their attempts on the season.

Washington State is playing its final non-conference tilt of the year, as the Cougars open Pac-10 play on December 27 at home against Arizona State.
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 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 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