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Valpo Cruises Past Detroit to Move Back to .500
Katie Emig had a career high nine rebounds at Detroit.
Katie Emig had a career high nine rebounds at Detroit.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Box Score

                Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half helping to lead Valparaiso to a 71-50 victory over Detroit on Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich. moving the Crusaders back to the .500 mark overall.

                Litka finshed the game 7-of-15 from three-point range, including five second half triples, while tying her career high with nine rebounds.

                Back-to-back three-pointers by Litka ignited the Valpo offense as part of a 10-0 run to give the Crusaders a 12-4 lead just four minutes into the game.  The run extended to 19-2 as Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) had four steals to as the Crusaders took advantage of several Titan turnovers to increase the lead to 21-6 with 9:12 to play before intermission.

                Detroit answered with a 13-3 run of its own, cutting the Valpo advantage to just five, 24-19, with four minutes to play.  The Crusaders finished the half strong, though, and took a 33-24 lead into the locker room.

                Kulaga had 10 points and five steals at the half and Valpo did a solid job getting to the offensive glass, grabbing 10 missed shots.  The Crusader defense limited Detroit to just 1-of-11 shooting from three-point range in the opening stanza.

                Litka again jump-started the Crusader offense in the second half, scoring 11 points in the first 3:31 of the frame.  The junior hit three triples as Valpo opened the half on a 15-2 run to extend the advantage to 48-26.  The Brown and Gold made five of its first seven shots from the floor to start the second half.

                “I thought we came out the first five minutes of the second half and took control of the game,” head coach Keith Freeman said.

                The lead eventually grew to 26, 64-38, following another Litka triple with 7:06 left to play, and all 12 Crusaders that dressed saw action in Valpo’s largest victory of the season.

                Kulaga added 16 points for the Crusaders along with six steals while Katie Emig (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Marian H.S.) added a career-best nine rebounds.

                Gabi Hungerford led Detroit (3-15, 0-7 Horizon League) with 15 points while Keashawn Bond added 13 points off of the bench for the Titans.

                Valpo finished the game shooting 40% from the floor, while connecting on 11 triples on the afternoon.  The Crusaders held the Titans to just 31.1% shooting, including just 4-of-19 from long range, and forced 20 Detroit turnovers.  Both teams grabbed 42 rebounds.

                This is the first game we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, yet we still controlled the game, Freeman added.  “We rebounded the ball better than we have been.”

                Valparaiso (9-9, 4-3) will begin a four-game homestand on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Youngstown State at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. with the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  The game can also be seen live through the Horizon League Network at www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv.

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. 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