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VALPO HEADS TO CHICAGO STATE FOR A MID-CON BATTLE WITH THE COUGARS ON MONDAY

Sunday, January 22, 2006

VALPARAISO (11-6, 5-1 Mid-Con) at CHICAGO STATE (7-10, 2-4 Mid-Con)

WHEN: Monday, January 23, 2006, 7 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Jacoby D. Dickens Center (2,500), Chicago, Ill.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM-Valparaiso) and on the internet at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Ron Castor and Andrew Hansen 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 333-181 overall and 204-134 at Valpo. Chicago State is led by Angela Jackson, who is 28-45 in her 3rd season overall and with the Cougars.

SERIES RECORD: Valparaiso holds a 31-3 advantage all-time in the series with Chicago State. The Crusaders are 13-3 against the Cougars in the Windy City.

LAST MEETING: Tamra Braun scored a career-high 27 points but Faith Buchanan made two free throws with 15.8 seconds remaining to give Chicago State a 58-56 victory over the Crusaders in Chicago on February 10, 2005. Braun made 13-of-20 shots from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds while blocking four shots but the rest of the Crusaders combined to shoot just 28.9% from the floor and 35.7% from the line in the loss. Tina Hill led Chicago State with 14 points while Betsy Rietema added 12 for Valpo.

Having won six of their last seven games overall, the Valparaiso Crusaders look to keep pace near the top of the tight Mid-Continent Conference standings on Monday evening as the Brown and Gold head to the Windy City to battle Chicago State. Valpo is coming off of a 77-58 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon.

BRAUN NEARING 500 BOARDS: Tamra Braun enters play just seven rebounds shy of becoming the 13th player in Valpo history to reach the 500 rebound plateau. The junior center's 493 career boards currently rank her 14th all-time in a Crusader uniform.

FROM DOWNTOWN: Valparaiso is shooting 40.1% (101-of-252) from three-point range on the season as a team and is on record-setting pace. The Crusader school mark for outside shooting in a season is 37.1% set by the 1997-1998 team.

ALL-AROUND PLAYER: Over the last six games Betsy Rietema has done a little of everything. The junior is averaging 13.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the span. She has scored in double-figures five times and grabbed six or more boards three times in the six contests.

TAKING CARE OF THE BASKETBALL IN LEAGUE PLAY: Valparaiso has given opponents very few opportunities for easy baskets in Mid-Con action. The Crusaders are committing just 12.2 miscues per game in league play. Valpo has a 1.19 assist-to-turnover ratio in Mid-Con action as well as leading in turnover margin at +4.5. Lauren Bechtold has a 2.30 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference action to lead the Crusaders.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Valparaiso ranks in the top-25 in the nation in four statistical categories through January 16. The Crusaders have committed the fifth fewest fouls of any team in the country (13.3 per game), rank 13th in three-point field goal percentage shooting 39.6%, 22nd in scoring defense allowing just 55.0 points per game, and are 19th committing just 14.3 turnovers per contest. Individually, Carrie Myers ranks 24th in the country making 2.7 three-pointers per game.

DOWN THE ROAD: Valparaiso begins a stretch where the Crusaders will play five out of the next six games at the Athletics-Recreation Center beginning on Saturday afternoon as the Brown and Gold welcomes Oakland to town. Tip-off with the Golden Grizzlies is set for 2:05 p.m. The Crusaders then will host IUPUI on Monday, January 30 at 7:05 p.m. The Jaguars are the last team Valpo will have not seen in the Mid-Continent Conference this season.

CHICAGO STATE NOTES: Chicago State has dropped four of its last five contests after falling 62-49 at home against Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars started the season 5-1 and are 4-5 at the Dickens Center.

Tina Hill is the only Cougar that is averaging in double-figures. Her 10.2 points per game compliment her 4.4 assists per contest. Brandi-Janai Carter adds 9.1 points per contest for Chicago State.

On the glass, Renada Blackburn leads the way clearing 7.2 rebounds per night.

The Cougars do most of their scoring from inside the arc, as Chicago State has made just 35 three-pointers this season while shooting 23.6% from long range. They are forcing 17.8 turnovers per contest from their opponents, 8.1 of which come via steals.

Following the game with Valparaiso, Chicago State will head out on the road for its next three contests.
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