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VALPO TAKES TO THE ROAD ON MONDAY IN SEARCH OF FIRST 2-0 START IN 20 YEARS

Saturday, November 19, 2005

VALPARAISO (1-0, 0-0 Mid-Con) at BRADLEY (1-0, 0-0 MVC)

WHEN: Monday, November 21, 2005, 7 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Robertson Field House (5,000), Peoria, Ill.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM-Valparaiso) and on the internet at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Joey Favata and Ron Castor 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 323-175 overall and 194-128 at Valpo. Bradley is led by Paula Buscher, who is 107-114 in her 9th season overall and 64-76 in her 6th season with the Braves.

SERIES RECORD: Bradley leads the all-time series with the Crusaders 4-0. The Braves are 2-0 against Valpo in Peoria.

LAST MEETING: Valparaiso and Bradley have not met on the basketball court since February 20, 1986 when the Braves defeated the Crusaders 86-60 in Peoria.

Fresh off of its first season-opening victory since 1999, Valparaiso looks to move to 2-0 for the first time in 20 years as the Crusaders travel to Peoria, Ill. on Monday night to take on Bradley. Valpo downed Northern Iowa 62-48 in the Crusaders' home opener on Friday night.

A 2-0 START WOULD BE A RARE OCCURRENCE FOR VALPO: Valparaiso heads to Bradley looking to accomplish something only one other Crusader team has ever done- start the season 2-0. The only time in the program's 35-year history Valpo has started 2-0 was in 1985-1986 after wins against Manchester and Michigan-Dearborn.

BRAUN MOVES UP THE MID-CON CHARTS IN BLOCKED SHOTS: Tamra Braun has moved into the top-ten on the Mid-Con's career blocked shots list with 101 swats during her career. She moved passed Missy Beck (Eastern Illinois, 1992-1996, 100) with her three blocks against Northern Iowa. Braun is also second all-time at Valpo behind Michelle Mader (1988-1992), who had 166 rejections.

RIETEMA HAS CAREER NIGHT IN OPENER: Betsy Rietema showed why she is a Preseason Second Team All Mid-Con selection with her performance in the opener against Northern Iowa. The junior had career highs with nine rebounds and six steals. Rietema also led the Crusaders with 24 points, one shy of her career-best set last season.

VALPO AND THE VALLEY: Bradley is the second straight Missouri Valley Conference team the Crusaders have faced after opening the year against Northern Iowa. Prior to the game against the Panthers, the Brown and Gold had not faced a team from the MVC since playing Indiana State in the 2001-2002 season.

THE DEFENSE IS BACK: Valpo prides itself in defense and started the year where it left off last season. The Crusaders held 20 opponents below 60 points last year, including seven under the 50-point mark. Valpo held Northern Iowa to just 48 points in the season opener.

DOWN THE ROAD: Following a couple of days off for Thanksgiving, the Crusaders will head to Cincinnati, Ohio for the National City Bank Xavier Invitational. Valpo will face Kent State on Friday at 2 p.m. CST in the first round before battling either the host Musketeers or Elon on Saturday. The consolation game begins at 12 p.m. CST with the championship to follow at 2 p.m. CST. Valpo's next home game will be on November 30 against Northwestern. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the ARC.

BRADLEY NOTES: Bradley returns nine letterwinners, including three starters from last year's squad which finished 15-13 overall and 8-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference, tying for sixth place in the league.

The Braves won their season opener on Friday morning 78-73 at home against Illinois-Chicago. Bradley rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit with 47 second half points in the win against the Flames.

Kelly Krumwiede led Bradley off of the bench with 22 points, including a 12-of-15 performance from the free throw line. Amy Peters added a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Jen Brown added ten points as did Devyn Flanagan, who came off of the bench as four Braves tallied double-figures.

Bradley outrebounded Illinois-Chicago 43-23, including a 16-8 advantage on the offensive glass.

The Braves are picked to finish in eighth place in the MVC according to the league's preseason poll. Bradley won both exhibition games this season as well, posting victories against Quincy and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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