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Valpo Earns Big Road Win at Cleveland State
Agnieszka Kulaga had 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the win.
Agnieszka Kulaga had 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the win.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso played solid defense and shot 50% from the floor on Thursday evening as the Crusaders earned a much-needed victory on the road, defeating Cleveland State 66-52 in Cleveland, Ohio.

                With the victory, the Crusaders moved into a fifth place tie with Butler, one-half game in front of Youngstown State.

                “We had a strong defensive effort tonight and this was a good team win,” Valpo head coach Keith Freeman said.  “This was probably our most physical game of the season.”

                Leading by seven at intermission, Valpo started the second half with a 10-2 run, and Launa Hochstetler’s (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) put the Crusaders in front 39-24 with 16:11 to play in the game.  Valpo kept the lead between 11 and 17 until a 7-0 run pushed the lead to 20, 56-36, with 8:18 to play.

                The Crusaders maintained a 19-point advantage with 4:08 to go until the Vikings ran off eight straight points to cut the edge to 11, 61-50, with 1:23 to go.  Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) hit a three to clinch the victory down the stretch.

                The Vikings jumped out to an 11-6 lead, and after Valpo fought back to tie, rebuilt the five-point advantage 16-11 with 9:07 to play in the first half.

                Valpo responded with an 11-2 run, keyed by triples by Litka and Kelly Peller (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.).  Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) hit a jumper to put the Crusaders in front 19-18, and a Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) three pushed the lead to four.

                The Crusaders finished the half scoring the final five points, holding the Vikings scoreless for the final three minutes, to take a 29-22 lead into the break.

                Valpo’s defense helped stake the Crusaders to a seven-point halftime lead as Cleveland State shot just 26.5% (9-of-34) from the floor in the opening stanza.

                Kulaga led Valpo with 16 points and six rebounds on the evening, while Litka added 14 more, the 24th time this season the junior has found double figures.  Peller also added 10 for the Brown and Gold.

                “We had good, balanced scoring tonight, and shot the ball well,” Freeman added.

                The Crusaders shot 45% (9-of-20) from three-point range, while holding the Vikings to just 2-of-21 (9.5%) from beyond the arc on the night.

                Kailey Klein led Cleveland State (15-11, 9-6 Horizon League) with 25 points and seven boards.

                Valpo outrebounded the Vikings 38-34, just the third time this season the Crusaders have won the battle on the boards.

                Valparaiso (13-14, 8-8) stays in the state of Ohio on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders battle the Penguins of Youngstown State.  Tip-off in Youngstown, Ohio is set for 3:30 p.m. CST with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).  The game can also be seen live on the Horizon League Network.

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 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 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