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Valpo Defeats Butler in Horizon League Debut for 11th Straight Home Victory
Agnieszka Kulaga tallied 29 as Valpo won its Horizon League opener.
Agnieszka Kulaga tallied 29 as Valpo won its Horizon League opener.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Box Score

                Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) poured in a career-high 29 points and Valparaiso shot 92.6% from the free throw line as the Crusaders recorded a 77-69 victory over Butler on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center in the Brown and Gold’s inaugural Horizon League contest.

                With the victory, Valpo extends the 10th longest homecourt in the nation to 11 straight wins.  The Crusaders also snapped Butler’s eight-game winning streak overall, the 13th longest in the country.

                Kulaga made eight of her first 11 shots from the floor and finished a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, including 4-of-4 in the final minute, while adding six rebounds, six steals, and four assists.

                “I’m proud of Aggie,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “She is playing like the vision I had for her while recruiting her out of Poland.  It is neat to see how much better she has gotten.”

                Valpo jumped in front early 8-2, only to see the Bulldogs tie the game at 11 eight minutes into the contest.  The Crusaders slowly rebuilt the advantage, and used a 13-5 run to build a nine-point advantage with 4:33 to play in the half.  After Butler cut the lead to five, Valpo scored the final five points of the stanza to take a 37-27 lead into the locker room.

                “I thought we had a good first half and did enough good things in the second half not to let them completely back in the game,” Freeman said.

                The Crusader advantage remained between seven and 12 through the first 10 minutes of the second half.  Butler made a run, cutting the lead to two, 61-59, with 4:39 to play in the game.  Kulaga then found Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) down low for an old-fashioned three-point play.

                Valpo made 10-of-10 free throws in the final minute to secure their first Horizon League victory.

                “The ability to shoot free throws has been a major key for us,” Freeman added.  “We can put five players at the end of the game to close it out.”

                Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls H.S.) scored 14 points, including 12 in the second half, to tie her season high scoring out put.  The redshirt-junior was a perfect 4-of-4 from both the field and the line, including a pair of triples.

                Farris also tied her season high with 11 points while Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) added 10 more to score in double figures for the 11th time in 12 games.

                Lade Akande lead Butler (10-2, 0-1 Horizon) with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting while Tara Miller added 15 more points for the Bulldogs.

                “We are a team still trying to get better every day and have lots of improvement left in us,” Freeman concluded with.

                Valparaiso’s (6-6, 1-0) next chance to improve will come on Thursday evening as the Crusaders head to Chicago, Ill. looking for its first road victory of the season.  The Crusaders will face UIC beginning at 7 p.m. with all the action carried live on the Horizon League Network as well as www.sportsjuice.com.

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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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