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Valpo Defeats Ball State to Improve to 4-2 on the Season

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Valparaiso won for the fifth straight year at the State Farm Hoosier Classic on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders traveled to Muncie, Ind. and defeated the event's host Ball State 61-49 to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season.

The win was Valpo's fourth straight over Ball State in the series.

Trailing 7-2 early, the Crusaders went on a big first half run. A 17-2 spurt, keyed by two triples from Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) and another from Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.), put Valpo in front by ten midway through the first half. Another three by Myers pushed the lead to 15, 27-12, as Ball State went more than eight minutes between field goals.

The Cardinals fought back. A 10-0 run, including seven points by Julie DeMuth, brought Ball State back within five with 4:13 left in the opening half. Those would be the final points the hosts would score in the final stanza. Valpo added four late points and took a 33-24 lead into the locker room.

Valpo committed just two turnovers in the first half which helped open up the lead while also getting production off of the bench as the Crusaders' reserves outscored Ball State by 12 in the first half.

Ball State scored the first four points of the second half to move within five as both teams started slow in the stanza. Valpo slowly built the lead back up. A three-point play by Mayella Kuikhoven (Almelo, Netherlands/Saint Canisius H.S.) the traditional way helped make it 48-36 with 6:30 to play.

Leading 48-39, Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) drained a three from the left corner as the shot clock expired and then followed with a putback on the next possession to make it a 14-point advantage with four minutes to go. Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) banked one home to increase the lead to 16 and Valpo never looked back.

Myers led the Crusaders with 17 points, including four threes. Kuikhoven added 13 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Rietema added nine, all in the second half and Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) chipped in eight points and grabbed ten rebounds.

DeMuth led Ball State (5-1) with 14 points and ten rebounds while Tina Bolte added 13 points for the Cardinals.

Valpo shot 40.4% from the floor for the game, and 46.7% (7-of-15) from three-point range. The Crusaders committed just nine turnovers. The Cardinals finished just 31.6% from the floor and 3-of-20 (15%) from outside the arc.

Valparaiso (4-2) will head to Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Friday evening to face its third Mid-American Conference opponent of the season against Central Michigan. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CST.
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