Head women's basketball coach Tracey Dorow announced the hiring of Justin Rees to the Valparaiso University women’s program Monday. Rees arrives in Valpo after serving as head coach of the Missouri Valley College Lady Vikings during the 2013-2014 campaign.
Valparaiso assistant women's basketball coach Katie Loosvelt was among the participants in the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon. On the anniversary of its running, she talked about the surreal experience - and how a late jolt of determination may have literally saved her life.
Valparaiso women's basketball will hold a pair of individual camps: one from June 16th-19th, the other June 19th-20th before hosting a team camp on June 27th at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Prizes and awards will be given out daily and each camper will receive a free t-shirt. Register today to reserve your spot!
A career night from Jessica Carr was not enough for the Crusaders as they bowed out of the Horizon League Tournament following a 72-55 loss to Green Bay Wednesday night at the Kress Events Center.
For the third straight season, the Horizon League Conference Tournament takes Valpo to Green Bay, Wisconsin for a postseason tilt with the Phoenix. The Crusaders have their work cut out from them as the Phoenix have lost just once in 19 HL Tournament quarterfinal games.
Senior recorded a career-high 25 points as her 9-of-16 shooting staved off a second-half, Senee Shearer-led comeback attempt. Crusaders advance to the quarterfinal round of the HL Tournament where they'll meet the #1-seeded Green Bay Phoenix (20-8, 13-3) Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay, Wis.
Valparaiso heads to Detroit for the second time in twelve days to open the Horizon League Conference Tournament. The winner will advance to face the defending champion Green Bay Phoenix in Wisconsin Wednesday night.
Sharon Karungi's 90% (9-for-10 FG) shooting percentage was just one of a handful of offensive watermarks met or set in Valpo's 101-80 loss to Wright State Saturday in Dayton. As a team, the Crusaders shot 59.6%, the seventh-highest percentage in program history.
Valparaiso wraps up the regular season slate with a Saturday matinee against the Raiders in Dayton. A win and a Detroit loss Saturday would mean Valpo hosts the Titans Monday night at the ARC. For the Crusaders to hold up their end of the bargain, they'll have to win inside the Nutter Center for the first time since January 27th, 1994.
Charae Richardson dropped in a career-high 24 points in what was potentially her final game at the ARC Wednesday night in Valpo's 94-80 shootout win over Milwaukee. Karungi added 23 of her own on 11-of-14 shooting from the floor.
Valparaiso plays its final home game of the season Wednesday evening when the Milwaukee Panthers come to town for a 7:05 pm tip. The Crusaders are currently a game back of Detroit and two behind Milwaukee in the standings. Paul Oren and Renee Turpa will have the call on WVUR 95.1 FM.
Valpo held a lead against the Phoenix as late as the 3:00 mark of the second half, but Green Bay closed with six of the game's final eight points in a nailbiter at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Sharon Karungi tallied her third straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Valparaiso will open the month of March with Green Bay in a 7:05 pm tipoff on Saturday. Elizabeth Hamlet, Charae Richardson, and Liz Horton will each be recognized before the game in a special Senior Day ceremony.
Valpo extended its first-half lead to as many as 17 points before the Titans stormed back to tie the game with a minute and a half to play. Tayelor McCalister's jumper with four seconds remaining was the game-winner for Detroit in an 81-79 contest. Jessica Carr set a career high in points (21) for the second straight game.
Fresh off an 84-70 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Saturday, Valpo takes aim at Detroit Wednesday night inside Calihan Hall. The Crusaders won an 85-44 affair a month ago versus the Titans in Valparaiso.
Karungi turned in a dominant 22-point, 16-rebound game Saturday in Valpo's 84-70 win over Oakland. On Monday, College Sports Madness named the junior as the Horizon League Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
Junior scored 22, pulled down 16 boards in Crusaders' 84-70 victory over the Golden Grizzlies. Jessica Carr tossed in a career-high 16 points while Charae Richardson and Jessi Wiedemann each contributed 17.
In addition to Saturday serving as the Father-Daughter Game, cancer survivors will be honored prior to tipoff of the 7:05 pm tilt versus Oakland. Sharon Karungi has finished in double figures in three straight games for the Crusaders as Valpo aims for its first win over the Golden Grizzlies since 2006.
Charae Richardson had her best offensive output since Dec. 1st, but Youngstown State drained a season-high 13 three-pointers in an 84-56 win over the Crusaders at Beeghly Center in Ohio.
Valpo’s trip through northeast Ohio comes to a close with a Saturday matinee versus the Penguins of Youngstown State. The Crusaders aim for their first win inside the Beeghly Center since January 14th, 2010. The Penguins have dropped three in a row since opening the Horizon League portion of the schedule 6-0.
Karungi befuddled the Viking defense en route to a career night, but Cleveland State knocked down 17 three-pointers in a 82-74 win over Valpo at the Wolstein Center in Ohio.
Valpo and Cleveland State clash Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm CT at the Wolstein Center. The Crusaders, who are 9-3 all-time versus the Vikings away from the ARC, seek to split the season series after dropping a 76-66 contest to the Vikes Jan. 27th in Valpo.
Valpo shot 28-for-56 (50%) from the floor Monday night versus UIC, but the Flames accumulated 24 second-chance points in an 82-73 defeat of the Crusaders at the ARC.
Valpo and UIC met just 20 days ago in Chicago when the Flames overcame a halftime deficit to claim a 69-51 win over the Brown and Gold. The Crusaders seek to improve upon their 13-5 record versus the Flames at the ARC Monday night at a 7:05 pm jump ball.
The Valparaiso men's basketball home game against Youngstown State on Saturday, February 22 has been selected as the wildcard broadcast for Horizon League Network Regional TV, moving the game time to 3 p.m. Due to the game time change, the women's basketball home game that day against Oakland will now be a 7:05 p.m. tip.
Valpo led Green Bay 26-24 at the break, but the Crusaders were held scoreless until the 11:19 mark of the second half as Phoenix pulled away in a 70-42 win over the Brown and Gold.
Valpo squares off against the defending Horizon League champion Green Bay Phoenix Monday evening at 7 pm. The Phoenix have claimed the last 15 HL regular season titles.
Horton, Richardson, Wiedemann, Dean, and Carr all finish in double figures, but Milwaukee's Avyanna Young posts an HL-high 36 points in an 85-80 defeat of Valpo at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee.
The Crusaders invade Wisconsin this weekend as they visit Milwaukee (6-13, 2-4 HL) Saturday afternoon. The Brown and Gold will be faced with the task of containing one of the best all-around players in the league in Angela Rodriguez (17.5 PPG, 6.1 APG).
Jessi Wiedemann scored a career-high 21 points, but the Crusaders allowed a season-most 15 treys as Cleveland State clinched its third conference road win of the season.
Last season, Valpo captured a signature win over Cleveland State in overtime. The Crusaders seek to improve upon their 14-10 record against the Vikings in a 7:05 pm tipoff.
Valpo dominates Detroit for its first home win of 2013-14; Abby Dean pours in a career-high 20 points and six steals as Crusaders shoot 51.7 percent in their most lopsided victory in nearly three years.
The Crusaders will look to shake off the shooting slump that plagued them in the final nine minutes of their contest against UIC when they welcome Detroit to town Thursday evening for a 7:05 pm tip.
Jessi Wiedemann's jumper at the 9:08 mark of the second half was the last field goal the Crusaders made in a 69-51 loss to UIC Tuesday night. Eleven of the Flames' final 13 points came from the foul line as they closed the contest on a 19-1 run.
Valpo and UIC tipoff for the 40th time in school history Tuesday night in Chicago. The Crusaders ended UIC's season with a 67-57 opening round win in the Horizon League Conference Tournament last March. Meanwhile, the Flames seek their fourth consecutive victory over the Brown and Gold at the UIC Pavilion.
Kim Demmings, the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, registered 31 points as Wright State held on for a 79-65 win over Valpo at the ARC Saturday afternoon. Sharon Karungi shot 8-of-10 from the floor en route to a 19-point game.
Kim Demmings, the Horizon League's Preseason Player of the Year, visits the ARC this weekend as Wright State takes on Valpo Saturday at 4 pm. The two teams went to overtime in last season's tilt in Valparaiso.
Elizabeth Hamlet tossed in a dozen points in her return to Oakland, but 12 first-half treys by the Golden Grizzlies helped the home team to an 88-55 win over Valpo Wednesday night.
Valpo and Oakland met four straight times in the Mid-Con Conference Tournament from 2000-2003. The two teams square off this time as Horizon League enemies in the first meeting in over 2,500 days at the O'Rena in Rochester, Michigan on Wednesday night.
Sharon Karungi led all scorers with 21 points, but a scoring drought spanning nearly nine minutes cost the Brown and Gold as Youngstown State defeated Valpo Thursday night at the ARC.
Heidi Schlegel and the Youngstown State Penguins (4-9) come to town Thursday evening in the HL opener. Schlegel is currently third in the league in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game. Valpo is aiming for its first victory at the ARC this season.
Liz Horton was 5-for-5 from downtown in the second half, but the Golden Hurricane scored 51 points after the break as they handed Valpo a 84-70 loss Saturday in Tulsa.
Valpo has been winners of three of its last non-conference finales. The Crusaders will put that streak on the line Saturday against the Golden Hurricane. The meeting is the first ever between the two teams.
Both teams shot 50% or better in the opening half, but South Dakota knocked down 16 of 26 shot attempts in the final twenty minutes en route to an 11-point win at the ARC. Carr, Richardson, Dean, Wiedemann all finished in double digits for Valpo.
The first ever meeting between Valpo and South Dakota will be the last event inside the ARC in 2013 when the Crusaders take on the Coyotes Tuesday afternoon at 1:35 pm CT. The Brown and Gold are in search of their first home win of the season.
Western Michigan used a 21-2 run to open the second half as the Broncos defeated Valpo 72-50 at the ARC Sunday afternoon. Junior point guard Jessica Carr made her first appearance since a September automobile accident.
The Crusaders will end a 16-day break Sunday afternoon when the Broncos visit the ARC for a 1:35 pm tip. Valpo aims for revenge after dropping a 70-69 heartbreaker last December in Kalamazoo.
Valpo outshot Butler in the latter 20 minutes, but an 18-point halftime deficit was too much for the Brown and Gold to overcome as the Bulldogs claimed a 65-50 victory Friday night at the ARC.
After spending the majority of the first month of the season away from the ARC, Crusaders will play their next three games at home. The Brown and Gold aim for their third consecutive win as they host the Butler Bulldogs at a 7:05 pm tipoff.
Valparaiso men's basketball freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and women's basketball junior Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/ [Northern Oklahoma College]) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of November.
Junior recorded double-doubles in both Valpo wins this past weekend at the Toledo Invite. Karungi is currently averaging 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
A Sharon Karungi putback in the lane with three seconds to go boosted Valpo to a 63-61 victory over Toledo. Karungi was named Toledo Invite MVP; Jessi Wiedemann voted to All-Tournament Team.
All nine Crusaders scored in a 74-50 victory over the Cougars Friday. Karungi, Wiedemann, Horton and Dean all finished in double digits as the Brown and Gold registered their first win of 2013-14.
Women's basketball will battle Chicago State for the 41st time in Toledo on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders have played the Cougars more than any other team in program history. 24 hours later, Valpo will face the host Rockets for the first time ever.
Charae Richardson scored a career-high 23 points Sunday, but a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation gave Montana State new life in overtime. The Bobcats eventually prevailed 96-85. Lexi Miller was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Crusaders and Bobcats will tipoff Sunday at 1 pm ET/noon CT in the consolation final of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Miami.
Sharon Karungi tossed in 17 points and gathered 14 rebounds Friday evening, but Florida International defeated the Crusaders 65-47 in the opening game of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic.
Valpo and Florida International meet for the first time in nearly 20 years Friday in Miami. FIU guard Jerica Coley is ranked 9th in the nation in scoring with 25.5 PPG. The Crusaders seek to contain her and claim their first victory at the U.S. Century Bank Arena at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT.
Valpo led Tennessee Tech 78-74 with two minutes to play, but a game-closing 10-0 run by the Golden Eagles proved decisive Sunday in Cookeville. Lexi Miller, Abby Dean, and Jessi Wiedemann all recorded career-highs in points in an 84-78 defeat.
Valparaiso and Tennessee Tech meet for the first time on the basketball court Sunday at 2 p.m. CT in Cookeville. At 1-2, all three of the Golden Eagles' games have been decided by 45 points or more.
IUPUI received 56 points from its bench as the Jaguars defeated the Brown and Gold 84-51 to spoil Valpo's home opener.
Women's basketball holds its home opener Thursday night as IUPUI comes to town. A home game versus the Jaguars could be just what the doctor ordered as the Crusaders are 13-1 all-time at the ARC versus their instate foes.
Georgi Donchetz, Danielle Franklin, Anne Hamilton, and Jasmyn Walker all signed their National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play at Valparaiso beginning in 2014-15.
Liz Horton led the Crusaders in scoring with 11 points, but Notre Dame shot 41-of-76 from the floor en route to a 96-46 win over the Brown and Gold at Purcell Pavilion Saturday.
The Crusaders look for their first win of the 2013-14 season at #6 Notre Dame. Valpo is also in search of its first ever victory over the Fighting Irish, who will induct Skylar Diggins into their Ring of Honor prior to the game.
A victim of foul trouble Sunday, junior responds Tuesday with 15 points, 12 boards against Illinois. Fighting Illini's press coaxed 27 Crusader turnovers in the loss at State Farm Center.
Valparaiso continues a three-game road swing to open the 2013-14 season Tuesday evening as the Crusaders take on Illinois at State Farm Center at a 7:00 p.m. tip.
Lexi Miller and Charae Richardson both scored 15 points Sunday, but early foul trouble limited the pair in addition to Karungi. Billikens beat Valpo 74-51 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.
The Valpo women's team will begin its season on the banks of the Mississippi as the Crusaders draw the St. Louis Billikens Sunday afternoon at 1 pm from the Chaifetz Arena.
Sharon Karungi recorded a double-double in her Valpo debut; four Crusaders finished in double digits as the Brown and Gold boast an 89-62 victory Tuesday night in the exhibition opener at the ARC.
The Crusaders tip-off Tuesday evening in their first - and only - exhibition game of 2013-14. In her second year at the helm, Tracey Dorow will guide the Brown and Gold against Saint Joseph's (7:05 pm) at the ARC. Read about this year's Crusaders and what to expect from them.
A poll of the league's head coaches, sports information directors, and various media members has the Valparaiso women's basketball team finishing in ninth-place in the Horizon League. The Crusaders ended last season in a four-way tie for sixth.
The Valparaiso men's and women's basketball programs provided season ticket holders and students a sneak peek into what to expect from their teams in the upcoming season at a pair of events held over the past week at the ARC.
Valparaiso women's basketball coach Tracey Dorow announced her team's schedule for the upcoming season Thursday morning. Road tilts at St. Louis, Illinois, and Notre Dame await Crusaders before home opener versus IUPUI on Nov. 21st.
Valparaiso women's basketball head coach Tracey Dorow announced today that Kurt Westendorp has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach, while Paige Mesalam has joined the Crusader staff as director of basketball operations.
Valparaiso women's basketball head coach Tracey Dorow announced today that sisters Elizabeth Hamlet and Annemarie Hamlet, as well as Haylee Thompson, have transferred into the Crusader basketball program. Elizabeth Hamlet will be a fifth-year senior in 2013-14 with immediate eligibility, while Annemarie Hamlet and Thompson will both have to sit out the 2013-14 season and will each have three years of eligibility remaining. In addition, Faith Miller has joined the Crusader program as an incoming freshman for the 2013-14 campaign.