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Valpo Dials Long Distance While Cruising to Win at Loyola
Rashida Ray scored a season-high 11 points in the win against Loyola. (Ray Acevedo)
Rashida Ray scored a season-high 11 points in the win against Loyola. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valparaiso made a season-high 13 three-pointers, including 11 in the first half, on the way to an 85-60 victory over Loyola (Chicago) on Thursday evening at the Gentile Center in Chicago, Ill.

With the win, the Crusaders vaulted themselves into fourth place in the Horizon League standings, moving within a half of a game of third place Cleveland State.

“I thought we moved the ball extremely well and made open shot,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We were trying to get better on defense this week and the first half was good.”

Valpo started its shooting exhibition early, making four of its first six shots from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers by Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.).  The Crusaders then went on a 14-0 run over six-and-a-half minutes, including two threes by Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) to go on top 22-8 with 11:03 to play before intermission.

The Crusaders had seven assists on their first eight baskets and were 8-of-11 from the floor overall.  Rashida Ray (Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding H.S.) got into the outside shooting act, hitting a triple and drawing the foul at the 7:58 mark to increase the lead to 31-14 as the Crusaders started 6-of-8 from long range.

Litka continued the long-range barrage, hitting three more before halftime to finish 5-of-7 from three-point range on her way to 15 first half points as the Crusaders took a 52-23 lead into the locker room.  Litka also grabbed six first half rebounds.

Valpo as a team was 11-of-15 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes as Hochstetler and Agnieskza Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) each added 10 points on a pair of threes.

The Crusaders continued scoring to start the second half, making seven of its first 13 shots from the floor.  Loyola looked to keep pace, hitting three three-pointers in the first eight minutes, but Valpo maintained the lead around 30.

Loyola never was able to cut the lead under 25 as the Crusaders were able to balance out the minutes.  Ten of the 11 players that dressed for Valpo scored, and the Crusaders finished the game shooting 53.4% from the floor, including 59.1% (13-of-22) from three-point range.

Litka finished with a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds for the Crusaders while Kulaga added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor.  She also had six assists.  Hochstetler had 12 for Valpo while Ray scored a season-high 11 points.

“Rashida did a nice job tonight,” added Freeman.  “She continues to improve on defense.”

Brittany Boeke led Loyola (6-15, 1-10 Horizon) with 18 points and five assists while Elyse VanBogaert had a game-high nine rebounds.

Valparaiso (12-10, 7-5) will return to Chicago on Saturday evening for a 7 p.m. contest at UIC.  The game can be seen live on the Horizon League Network as well as heard live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).

Game Notes: The 13 three-pointers tied for seventh most in school history as a team for a single game … Litka moved into 18th place in school history with 870 career points, passing Kathryn Knoester (2000-2004) … Kulaga moved into 12th all-time with 240 career assists, passing Jeanette Gray (1999-2003) … the 52 first half points were the most for the Crusaders in a half this year … Valpo held a 19-0 advantage in fast break points … the Crusaders committed a 10 turnovers … Valpo leads the all-time series 14-1, including a 7-1 edge in Chicago.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo