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Valpo Wins Third Straight Downing Loyola 69-52
Aimee Litka tallied 17 points in the win. (Tom Quinn)
Aimee Litka tallied 17 points in the win. (Tom Quinn)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) became the sixth Crusader in school history to reach the 300-assist plateau for her career while also scoring a game-high 18 points as Valparaiso won its third straight Horizon League game on Saturday afternoon, defeating Loyola (Chicago) 69-52 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Hochstetler, who had six assists in the game, reached the 300 assist mark with a feed down low to Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) with 13:53 to play in the game to start a 10-3 Valpo run that put the Crusaders in front by double figures.  The senior point guard now has 303 helpers for her career.

“Launa’s getting her rhythm back shooting the ball,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “She’s a heck of a player with her mid-range jump shot.  That allows her to be a multi-dimensional player, shooting and passing.”

Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) added 17 points, including making 7-of-8 from the free throw line, and Valpo as a team shot nearly 61% in the second half to move into sole possession of third place in the Horizon League standings.

The first half was one of runs, with Valpo jumping out to an early 8-2 lead and using another 10-0 spurt to build a 21-10 lead with just under seven minutes to play in the stanza.  Loyola answered with a 9-0 run of their own over two-and-a-half minutes to close within two, before Valpo eventually took a 28-25 lead into the locker room.

After the Ramblers cut the Valpo lead to one and had the basketball with under 16 minutes to play in the game, Farris scored on a lay-in and Litka hit her second triple of the game.  Hochstetler followed with another lay-in inside to push the Crusader advantage back to eight, 39-31.

Loyola would cut the lead back to four, but Hochstetler’s assist started the run that extended the lead to 12.  One more 10-1 Crusader spurt pushed the lead to 17, 59-42, with just under six minutes to play on another jumper by Hochstetler and Valpo maintained a 13 to 19 point lead the rest of the way.

Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala Wladyslawa Andersa H.S.) added 10 points for the Crusaders on 5-of-8 shooting as three Valpo players tallied double figures on the afternoon.  Farris had eight points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Brown and Gold.

“Slywia had a good second half inside,” added Freeman.  “We did a good job going at them after we got them in foul trouble.”

Valpo finished the game shooting 47.2% from the floor after making just 32% of its shots in the first half.  The Brown and Gold made 6-of-13 from three-point range.

The Ramblers turned the ball over 26 times in the game, leading to 29 points for Valpo.

“I really like us winning the transition from defensive to offense,” said Freeman.  “We did a good job of putting pressure on them to get back on defense.”

Loyola (5-10, 0-5 Horizon League) was led by Shannon Finnegan, who scored 11 points and had seven rebounds.  The junior center was the only Rambler to tally double figures on the afternoon. 

Valparaiso (9-7, 4-2) will hit the road for a three-game road trip beginning with instate rival Butler (11-6, 6-0) on Friday evening in Indianapolis, Ind.  Tip-off against the first place Bulldogs is set for 6 p.m. CST, with all the action carried live on the Horizon League Network.  The game can also be heard on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).

Game Notes: Students from Parkview Elementary School were recognized for their art work and writing prior to the game as part of the Horizon League’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration … Litka’s two triples moved her past Heidi Diefenthaler (1992-1996) into seventh place all-time in school history with 141 … Loyola outrebounded Valpo 29-28 but Valpo had a 6-3 edge on the offensive end … Valpo is 13-1 all-time against the Ramblers including a perfect 7-0 at home … this is Valpo’s first three-game winning streak since winning four straight from December 16, 2007-January 10, 2008.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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