Valparaiso's women's basketball team will play 10 of its 29 regular season games this season against teams that participated in postseason play last year as head coach Keith Freeman released his 2007-2008 schedule.
Valparaiso University has announced that Evva Comans (Zonhoven, Belgium/Kindsheid Jesu Hasselt H.S.) has asked for and been granted a release from her commitment to the women's basketball program to allow her to transfer.
Valparaiso closed out the 2006-2007 season notching 20 victories for just the fifth time in the program's history on the way to a runner-up finish in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Crusaders, one of the nation's top three-point shooting teams on the year, finished the campaign 20-11 overall and 11-3 in conference play.
Valparaiso rallied from a 16-point first half deficit to tie the game with 4:34 to play but could not take the lead and eventually fell to Oral Roberts 69-63 on Monday afternoon in the Mid-Continent Conference semifinals in Tulsa, Okla.
Valparaiso returns to the court for the semifinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament on Monday afternoon as the Crusaders battle longtime rival Oral Roberts. The Crusaders were 60-45 victors over Southern Utah in Saturday's quarterfinal while the Golden Eagles downed UMKC 52-44 on Sunday afternoon.
Valparaiso never trailed Saturday afternoon on its way to its 20th victory of the season for just the fifth time in school history as the Crusaders defeated Southern Utah 60-45 in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament at John Q. Hammons Arena in Tulsa, Okla.
Valparaiso opens up play in the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla. as the Crusaders battle the seventh-seeded Southern Utah Thunderbirds. The quarterfinal contest is a rematch of Monday's regular season finale between the two schools.
Valparaiso University's Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) was named the Mid-Continent Conference Sixth Woman of the Year while three other Crusaders were named to the league's All-Conference teams which were released on Wednesday. Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) was a First Team All Mid-Con selection this season while Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) earned Second Team honors. Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) was named Honorable Mention All-League.
Just five days after battling Southern Utah in the regular season finale, Valparaiso will take on the Thunderbirds again Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders begin play at the Mid-Continent Conference Basketball Championship held at the John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC in Tulsa, Okla.
Valparaiso shook off a slow start with 54% shooting in the second half on Monday evening to post a 65-47 victory over Southern Utah at the Athletics-Recreation Center in the regular season finale for both schools.
Valparaiso closes out the 2006-2007 regular season on Monday evening as the Crusaders host Southern Utah. A Crusader victory, coupled with an Oakland loss to Centenary that same evening, would give the Brown and Gold a share of the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title.
Valparaiso's defense held UMKC to 0-of-17 shooting from three-point range and the Crusaders made a 19-point halftime lead stand up on their way to a 66-48 victory over the Kangaroos on Senior Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.
Valparaiso begins the final weekend of the 2006-2007 regular season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain UMKC on Senior Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Prior to the game, seniors Krystal Taylor, Tamra Braun, Carrie Myers, and Betsy Rietema will all be honored. Following the contest each of the four seniors will then address the crowd.
Valparaiso University's Evva Comans (Zonhoven, Belgium/Kindsheid Jesu Hasselt H.S.) has been named to the Belgian pre-selection team for this summer's U21 World Championships to be held in Moscow, Russia.
Valparaiso jumped out to a 20-4 lead midway through the first half and never trailed the entire contest as the Crusaders picked up a non-conference victory over Chicago State 57-46 on Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso steps out of Mid-Continent Conference action for the final time this season as the Crusaders entertain Chicago State on Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo has won two straight and 12 of its last 15 games overall.
Trailing by seven at halftime, Valparaiso's bench scored 26 of the Crusaders' 37 second half points and tough defense allowed the Brown and Gold to rally for a 58-46 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon to begin a regular season-ending four game homestand. The Crusaders, looking to lock up the second seed in the upcoming Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, will battle longtime conference foe Western Illinois in a 1:35 p.m. contest.
Four different players scored in double figures for Valparaiso on Monday evening and the Crusaders wrapped up the road portion of the 2006-2007 regular season with a 65-54 victory over IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind.
Valparaiso has just a little time to look to rebound from Saturday afternoon's defeat as the Crusaders take to the road Monday evening for the final road regular season game of the 2006-2007 season as the Brown and Gold head to Indianapolis, Ind. to battle IUPUI. Valpo remains in second place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings heading into the game.
Valparaiso University's Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) and Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) have each been named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Teams announced on Thursday.
First place is on the line in the Mid-Continent Conference on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso travels north to battle Oakland. The Crusaders, winners of 10 of their last 12, are just one-half game behind the Golden Grizzlies in the league standings. Oakland enters the contest riding an eight-game winning streak.
Valparaiso jumped out to a quick start thanks to long range shooting and held off several Oral Roberts runs as the Crusaders posted their 10th victory in the last 12 games with a 66-56 victory over the Golden Eagles on Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Winners of nine of their last 11 games, Valparaiso will look to keep the momentum rolling while trying to keep pace in the Mid-Continent Conference race on Monday evening as the Crusaders entertain Oral Roberts at the ARC. The game will also be shown live on Lakeshore Public Television as well as videocast at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
After a four-game road trip which saw Valparaiso play in three different time zones, the Crusaders return home to the Athletics-Recreation Center for six of their final eight regular season games beginning on Saturday afternoon against Centenary. Valpo has won eight of its last 10 games overall. The Crusaders open the second half of Mid-Continent Conference play just one game behind Oakland in the league standings.
Valparaiso rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and saw UMKC's shot at the buzzer fall off to the side of the rim as the Crusaders defeated the Kangaroos 52-51 on Monday evening in Kansas City, Mo.
Valparaiso looks to quickly rebound from Saturday's loss at Southern Utah as the Crusaders close out their four-game road trip in Kansas City, Mo. on Monday evening when the Brown and Gold battle UMKC. The Crusaders have still won seven of their last nine games and, following the contest against the Kangaroos, will return home for six of their last eight regular season games this year.
Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) tied Valparaiso's career rebounding record with 772 career boards, but the Crusaders struggled offensively dropping a 56-49 decision on the road to Southern Utah on Saturday evening in Cedar City, Utah.
Valparaiso continues its cross country road trip on Saturday evening as the Crusaders return to Mid-Continent Conference action at Southern Utah looking to remain at the top of the Mid-Con standings. Valpo has won seven of its last eight contests overall and is getting set for game three of its current four game road swing after picking up wins in each of the first two games of the trip.
Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) reached the 1,000-point mark for her career while grabbing a career high 17 rebounds and Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) tied her season high with 23 points as Valparaiso registered a 75-67 non-conference victory over IPFW on Wednesday night in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Valparaiso will take a step out of Mid-Continent Conference action on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders head to Fort Wayne, Ind. looking to continue winning ways battling IPFW. Valpo has won six of its last seven games overall following a 57-51 victory at Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon to keep the Crusaders at the top of the Mid-Con standings.
The top two teams in the Mid-Continent Conference and longtime rivals take to the court on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso travels to Macomb, Ill. to battle the Westerwinds of Western Illinois. This is the beginning of a four-game road trip for the Crusaders. Both Valpo and Western Illinois are tied a top the league standings with 3-1 marks in conference play.
Valparaiso saw its five-game winning streak come to an end on Monday evening as Oakland handed the Crusaders their first Mid-Continent Conference loss of the season 63-57 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
After a thrilling overtime victory on Saturday afternoon extended their winning streak to five games, the first place Valparaiso Crusaders host Oakland on Monday evening in another key Mid-Continent Conference contest. This is Valpo's final home game before taking to the road for a four-game trip beginning on Saturday afternoon. A videocast of the game is available through www.valpo.edu/athletics with the audio coming as a simulcast of the radio broadcast.
Valparaiso used a 10-2 run to start overtime on Saturday afternoon to catapult the Crusaders to a 78-72 victory over IUPUI at the Athletics-Recreation Center and improve to 3-0 in Mid-Continent Conference play.
After knocking off the Mid-Continent Conference's preseason favorite in their league opener, Valparaiso returns to the hardwood on Monday evening to complete its two game road trip as the Crusaders head to Centenary for a 7 p.m. contest against the Ladies.
Valparaiso got 16 points from Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) and a double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds from Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) as the Crusaders opened Mid-Continent Conference play with a 57-54 victory over preseason favorite Oral Roberts on the road in Tulsa, Okla.
Valparaiso tips off its 15th and final season of Mid-Continent Conference play on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders battle Oral Roberts, the league's preseason favorite. The Crusaders have won two straight and are beginning a stretch where they will play six of their next eight contests away from home. The game will also be shown live in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana on Lakeshore Public Television.
Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) became the 11th Crusader in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark as she scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds leading Valparaiso to a 60-46 victory over Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
After a nine-day layoff for Christmas, Valparaiso returns to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain Saint Francis (Ind.) at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo is in the midst of a four-game homestand and is playing in its final game of the 2006 calendar year. Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m.
Valparaiso continues its current four-game homestand while playing its final game before the Christmas holiday on Thursday evening when the Crusaders entertain Central Michigan. Valpo is looking to snap a four-game losing skid in the 7:05 p.m. tip-off.
Valparaiso hung with region foe Notre Dame to the bitter end on Tuesday evening but Breona Gray's free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining gave the Fighting Irish a 60-59 victory at the Athletics-Recreation Center in front of 1,472 fans.
Valparaiso returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday evening for the first time since November 28 as the Crusaders open up a four-game homestand against Notre Dame. The game will be shown live on Lakeshore Public Television in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and on WHME 46 in South Bend as well as videocast at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Despite a fourth straight double-double from Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.), Valparaiso fell behind late in the first half and could not recover as Northern Iowa defeated the Crusaders 67-49 on Saturday afternoon in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
After a week off for final exams, the Valparaiso Crusaders return to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon to begin a stretch of three games in six days taking on the Northern Iowa Panthers. Valpo is looking to snap its two-game losing skid, while wrapping up a stretch of four straight games away from the Athletics-Recreation Center.
For the first 35 minutes on Sunday afternoon, Valparaiso led Ball State, but the Cardinals made a late 12-0 run to defeat the Crusaders 68-59 in Fort Wayne, Ind. as part of Hoopla: A Celebration of Women's Basketball.
After an eight-day layoff, Valparaiso returns to the court on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders face instate foe Ball State in Fort Wayne, Ind. as part of Hoopla: A Celebration of Women's Basketball. Valpo is looking to rebound from a loss to Indiana State last Saturday at the Hoosier State Classic.
Valparaiso University's Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a 2-1 record during the last seven days.
Valparaiso got a triple-double from Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) and a double-double from Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to Indiana State 83-71 on Saturday afternoon at the Hoosier State Classic in Indianapolis, Ind.
Valparaiso takes to the road for the first of four straight games away from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening as the Crusaders take on future Horizon League foe Loyola (Chicago). The Crusaders are looking for their fourth consecutive victory. A videocast of the game will be available online through the Horizon League Network.
Valparaiso made 14 three-pointers, shooting 56% from beyond the arc, and had four players tally double figures as the Crusaders defeated Bradley 82-73 on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center for the Brown and Gold's third straight victory.
Valparaiso begins a stretch of three games over six days on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders host Bradley at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo has won two straight and is looking for its first victory ever against the Braves.
The Valparaiso University Ticket Office announced today that tickets are still available for Monday and Wednesday night's men's basketball games, as the Crusaders host #13 Marquette and Butler, respectively, and for Saturday's game at #3 Ohio State. Tickets for women's basketball games are also available, as the Crusaders host Bradley on Tuesday and Notre Dame on Dec. 19.
Launa Hochstetler's (Hiland, Ohio/Berlin H.S.) free throw with 37.8 seconds remaining gave Valpo the lead and Akron missed a shot at the buzzer as the Crusaders held on for a 50-49 victory over the Zips on Wednesday evening in Akron, Ohio.
Valparaiso plays its final game before the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders head to Akron, Ohio to battle the Zips of Akron. The Brown and Gold is looking for its second straight victory, and first of the year away from the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso got 21 points from Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) and 15 more from Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) as the Crusaders picked up their first victory of the 2006-2007 season on Friday night, defeating Northern Arizona 62-56 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso looks to pick up its first victory of the season on Friday evening as the Crusaders return to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the first time in 2006-2007 when the Brown and Gold entertain Northern Arizona. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.
For 20 minutes Valparaiso hung tough with Indiana, the Crusaders' second straight opponent from the Big Ten, but cold second half shooting doomed the Brown and Gold's fate as the Hoosiers defeated Valpo 85-51 on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
Valparaiso will open the 2006-2007 campaign on Friday evening as the Crusaders travel to Evanston, Ill. to battle the Wildcats of Northwestern beginning at 6 p.m. CST. The contest will be the first of two straight to open the season for the Brown and Gold against Big Ten foes.
Valparaiso University women's basketball coach Keith Freeman has announced that the Crusaders have signed five players to National Letters of Intent and will begin play with the Brown and Gold for the 2007-2008 season.
Valparaiso used stifling defense and timely 3-point shooting from freshman Kelly Peller (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) to defeat the defending NCAA Division II national champions from Grand Valley State, 50-45, Saturday afternoon at the ARC in the exhibition opener for the Crusaders.
Midnight Mayhem presented by Cardinal Bus will take place on Friday, October 20 at the Athletics-Recreation Center to help kickoff the 2006-2007 basketball seasons both the Valparaiso University men's and women's teams.