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VALPO LOOKS TO MOVE TO 3-0 IN MID-CON AS CRUSADERS HEAD TO CENTENARY ON WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

VALPARAISO (7-5, 2-0 Mid-Con) at CENTENARY (1-11, 0-1 Mid-Con)

WHEN: Wednesday, January 4, 2006, 7 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Gold Dome (3,000), Shreveport, La.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM-Valparaiso) and on the internet at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Ken LaVicka and Mike Haase will call all of the action.

TV: None.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is led by Keith Freeman, who is in his 18th season of coaching, and 12th with the Crusaders. He is 329-180 overall and 200-133 at Valpo. Centenary is led by Elizabeth Wamsley, who is 2-36 in her 2nd season overall and with the Ladies.

SERIES RECORD: Valparaiso leads the all-time series with the Ladies 4-0. The Crusaders are a perfect 2-0 against Centenary in Shreveport.

LAST MEETING: Valparaiso converted 24 Centenary turnovers into 31 points on the way to a 59-39 victory over the Ladies on February 5, 2005 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. A 12-0 run to begin the second half broke open a game that saw Valpo in front just 27-21 at the break. Tamra Braun led Valpo with 13 points while Lauren Bechtold added 11 more. Holli Wilkins led the Ladies with 12 points while Jelena Aleksic added 11 for Centenary.

After posting two straight victories to open up Mid-Continent Conference action, Valparaiso will return to the hardwood for the fourth time in eight days on Wednesday as the Crusaders head to Shreveport, La. for a game against Centenary. Valpo is coming off of a 69-55 win at Oakland on Monday night.

FREEMAN WINS NUMBER 200 AT VALPO: Head coach Keith Freeman became the first coach in Valparaiso women's basketball history to win 200 games on the Crusader bench with his win at Oakland on Monday, January 2. He also becomes the first coach in Mid-Continent Conference history to reach the milestone.

A RECORD-SETTING DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Valparaiso set a new school mark allowing just 31 points against UMKC on Friday evening. The Crusaders bettered their previous mark of 34 set 20 years ago against Manchester on November 22, 1985.

BRAUN NAMED MID-CON PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tamra Braun has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after turning in three solid outings last week. The junior center averaged 14.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 64.0% against Notre Dame, UMKC, and Oakland. She turned in her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and ten rebounds at Oakland.

LITKA SCORES SEASON BEST: Aimee Litka posted career highs in scoring and rebounding at Oakland with 13 points and seven rebounds. The freshman came off the bench to play 22 minutes.

GUTOWSKI DIALS UP FROM LONG RANGE: Jamie Gutowski drained three three-point field goals in the victory over Oakland and has moved into a tie for seventh place all-time at Valpo with 119 triples in her career. She needs 13 more to move into sixth place.

BECHTOLD IN TOP TEN ALL-TIME IN ASSISTS: Lauren Bechtold has moved into tenth place on Valpo's all-time assist list. Her four helpers at Oakland give her 239 in four years, passing Jeanette Gray (1999-2003) for tenth place. She is eight helpers shy of ninth place now.

DOWN THE ROAD: The Brown and Gold will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Monday, January 9 as the Crusaders host Oral Roberts. The game is the first game of a doubleheader with the men's team. Tip-off is set for 5:15 p.m. and the game will be carried live on WYIN-56 in Northwest Indiana and WHME-46 in South Bend. Valpo then will step out of conference for the final time this season on Thursday, January 12 as the Crusaders host IPFW. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. against the Mastodons.

CENTENARY NOTES: Centenary is looking to snap a nine-game losing skid when the Ladies host Valpo. Centenary is coming off of an 83-37 loss at Western Illinois last Saturday to open up Mid-Continent Conference play.

The Ladies are looking to break a 22-game Mid-Con losing skid as well, dating back to the 2003-2004 season.

Van'esha Brabson leads Centenary offensively averaging 11.7 points per contest. Holli Wilkins also is scoring in double figures for the Ladies, pouring in 11.2 points per night.

On the boards, Laura Kizyte leads the team grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game.

As a team, Centenary is shooting 36.8% from the floor and committing 19.7 turnovers per game this season.
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 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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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