December 12, 20071st2ndFinal
Notre Dame474794
Stats at a GlanceVALPOND
FG Percentage.422 (19-45) .547 (35-64)
3P FG Percentage.500 (5-10) .375 (3-8)
FT Percentage.813 (13-16) .875 (21-24)
Offensive Rebounds817
Defensive Rebounds1419
Total Rebounds2236
Bench Points1739
PointsLITKA - 17
ReboundsLITKA - 5
TEAM - 5
AssistsKULAGA - 7
StealsPELLER - 2
BlocksPETERS - 3
Turnovers Prove Costly as Crusaders Fall to #17 Notre Dame
Thursday, December 13, 2007

Box Score

                Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) scored a career-high 17 points but Valparaiso committed 27 turnovers which led to 35 Notre Dame points as the #17 Fighting Irish defeated the Crusaders 94-56 on Wednesday evening in Notre Dame, Ind.

                A 14-2 run by Notre Dame over six minutes put the Fighting Irish in front 23-8 midway through the first half and the Fighting Irish built on the advantage from there.  Another 9-0 spurt late in the stanza pushed the lead to 26 and Notre Dame took a 47-22 lead into the locker room.

                Notre Dame forced 16 Crusader turnovers in the first half leading to 19 Fighting Irish points.  The hosts also shot 58.3% from the floor, making 21 field goals in the first 20 minutes.

                Turnovers on Valpo’s first five possessions of the second half helped the Fighting Irish build a 33-point advantage and the Crusaders were unable to get the deficit under 26 the rest of the way.

                Litka made 6-of-9 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, on her way to her career-high.  She also grabbed a team-leading five rebounds.  Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalce H.S.) added nine points while adding a career-best seven rebounds.

                Ashley Barlow led four Notre Dame (9-1) players in double figures with 19 points while Charel Allen added 14 more.  All 11 Irish found the scoring column in the contest.

                Notre Dame shot 54.7% from the floor for the game and made 21-of-24 free throws (87.5%) and committed just 13 miscues.  The Crusaders shot 42.2% from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point range.

                “Notre Dame is very hard to play against,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “They did a good job of preventing us from moving the ball.”

                Valparaiso (3-6) will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Sunday afternoon to begin a three-game homestand as South Dakota State comes to town.  Tip-off against the Jackrabbits is set for 1:35 p.m. with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).  The game can also be seen live online on the Horizon League Network.