Quite simply, the 2019-20 season was a huge step forward for the Valpo women’s basketball program. You could see it anecdotally just watching the team play, as second-year head coach Mary Evans and her staff refused to let their players settle for anything less than their best, showing their total commitment to help the team reach its full potential.
The Missouri Valley Conference announced today that it has canceled the MVC Women's Basketball Tournament scheduled to begin today at TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. In addition, the MVC has announced that all Conference spring sports contests have been suspended through March 30, effective immediately.
After enjoying its best regular season in more than a decade, it’s a new season for the sixth-seeded Valpo women’s basketball team, as it heads to Hoops in the Heartland this weekend. The tournament opens for Valpo in the quarterfinal round Friday against third-seeded Bradley, with the Brown and Gold needing three victories to claim the MVC Tournament title.
“Just keep getting better.” It’s a simple message, but one which encourages Valpo women’s basketball players to reach for their personal best and to raise their expectations. And Wednesday, two of Valpo’s players received accolades from the Missouri Valley Conference for their performance this season. Senior Grace Hales was named an Honorable Mention All-MVC selection, while sophomore Carie Weinman earned a spot on the MVC All-Defensive Team.
Valpo senior Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind./Westview) has been selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Second Team in recognition of her work both on the court and in the classroom, as announced by the MVC office Tuesday morning.
The toughness Valpo women's basketball showed in the win at SIU in the regular-season finale, the growth of the team this season, a look ahead to Hoops in the Heartland, and more as head coach Mary Evans joins Valpo Basketball Weekly.
Valpo women’s basketball junior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) has been selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for the final weekend of the regular season after leading the Brown and Gold in scoring in both of their games last weekend.
The Valpo women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a strong performance in a game which had a lot on the line, using an early fourth-quarter run to pull away from Southern Illinois for a 69-58 road victory Saturday afternoon. The victory clinched the sixth seed for the Brown and Gold and ensured that Valpo would open Hoops in the Heartland in the quarterfinals on Friday against third-seeded Bradley.
It’s about as critical as a single game can get as the Valpo women’s basketball team caps the 2019-20 regular season Saturday afternoon at Southern Illinois. A victory over the Salukis would give Valpo the sixth seed for Hoops in the Heartland, which means it would open tournament play next Friday, while an SIU win drops the Brown and Gold to the seventh seed and forces them to play in first-round action Thursday night.
The Valpo women’s basketball team battled gamely with #23/21 Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. on Thursday evening, but the Lady Bears outscored the Brown and Gold by eight in a key third quarter in an eventual 85-70 MSU win. Junior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) led all players with an 18-point effort off the bench.
One final weekend of conference play awaits the Valpo women’s basketball team, starting with the longest trek for a road game on the MVC slate as the Brown and Gold play at nationally-ranked Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. on Thursday night. With just two games remaining in the regular season, Valpo can finish anywhere from fourth to eighth in the final MVC standings.
Valpo sophomore guard Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) has been tabbed the MVC Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season after helping lead Valpo to its first win over UNI as a member of the Valley last weekend, as well as a near-miss against Drake on Sunday.
The final regular season home game of the year at the ARC for the Valpo women’s basketball team provided yet another reminder of how far the program has come over the last few years, as the Brown and Gold battled toe-to-toe with MVC powerhouse Drake throughout Sunday afternoon’s contest before the Bulldogs escaped with an 83-79 victory. The game served as the program’s annual Senior Day, as Valpo honored the five members of its senior class prior to the game.
The regular season home slate comes to an end for the Valpo women’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon at the ARC, as it welcomes Drake to town for yet another key MVC matchup. Valpo will celebrate its Senior Day on Sunday, honoring five members of the program for their time in the Brown and Gold.
It didn’t require a flashy comeback or feature a ton of 3-pointers. Instead, Friday night’s Valpo women’s basketball victory over UNI was just a hard-fought battle in MVC play with 15 lead changes and 10 ties, one in which the Brown and Gold emerged victorious by a 72-69 final. The win, which was led by a career-high 22 points from sophomore Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville), assured Valpo of its first winning season since the 2008-09 campaign and puts the program in a tie for fourth place in the MVC standings entering the weekend.
The stakes seem to rise with every subsequent game down the stretch of MVC play for the Valpo women’s basketball team, and that’s the case again Friday night, as Valpo hosts UNI at the ARC. The Brown and Gold are one of four teams currently separated by one-half game in the Valley standings, with the Panthers one of the other teams in that mix. Friday’s game is the program’s annual Pink Game in honor of cancer awareness.
It wasn’t quite as dramatic as the first meeting of the season between the two programs, but the result was the same on Saturday as the Valpo women’s basketball team fell behind by double figures in the first half at Loyola before rallying for a 70-57 win over the Ramblers to complete the season sweep. Sophomore Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) led the way in the win, scoring 17 of her season-best 21 points in the second half.
With just five games left in the regular season, each game carries so much weight, and Saturday’s game carries a ton of weight for the Valpo women’s basketball team as it travels to Loyola. A win over the Ramblers would move Valpo a game ahead of their Chicago-based counterparts in a tight pack in the MVC standings and give the Brown and Gold a tiebreaker over Loyola as well.
Overcoming adversity in Sunday's win at Illinois State, the play of Addison Stoller in the victory over the Redbirds, and the return to action by Marlee Profitt are among the topics on this edition of Valpo Basketball Weekly with women's basketball head coach Mary Evans.
A 2:45am fire alarm and hotel evacuation the night before a game might affect a lot of things, but it didn’t affect the defensive effort out of the gate for the Valpo women’s basketball team on Sunday. Valpo jumped out to a nine-point lead on Illinois State through one quarter, limiting the Redbirds to nine first-quarter points, and then used a career game from junior Addison Stoller (Cissna Park, Ill./Cissna Park), key contributions at various points from a number of players and accurate free throw shooting throughout the game to keep the Redbirds at bay, earning a 78-70 road win.
The Valpo women’s basketball team concludes its swing through central Illinois on Sunday afternoon as it takes on Illinois State in Normal, Ill. The game matches up two of the teams in a logjam in the MVC standings, as entering Saturday’s action, just one win separates fourth place from eighth place.
The Valpo women’s basketball team kicked off a three-game stretch away from home on Friday evening at Bradley, falling to a Braves squad which remained unbeaten at home this year by a 90-69 final.
Having won both of its games last weekend to complete season sweeps of Evansville and Indiana State, the Valpo women’s basketball team prepares to begin a gauntlet of games to close out regular season play, starting with a Friday night game at Bradley, which sits in second place in the MVC standings and owns a top-50 RPI. Six of Valpo’s last seven regular season games are against teams currently among the top-100 in the RPI, while five of the last seven are on the road.
The term shutout isn’t one used in the sport of basketball very often, but when it does get bandied about, you know something unique has happened. That’s what took place Saturday at the ARC, as the Valpo women’s basketball team posted a shutout of Indiana State in the second quarter, out-scoring the Sycamores 17-0 to turn a four-point deficit into a 13-point halftime lead en route to a 61-45 victory. Fittingly, the victory on Basketball Day Indiana completed Valpo’s season sweep of the other two Indiana programs in the MVC.
Coming off of a season series sweep of Evansville on Thursday night, the Valpo women’s basketball team looks to make it a clean sweep of the state of Indiana Saturday afternoon when it welcomes Indiana State to the ARC.
The Valpo women’s basketball team overcame an 11-point first half deficit Thursday evening at the ARC against Evansville, outscoring the Purple Aces by 20 in the second half to pull away for a 72-54 victory. Senior Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind./Westview) led the Valpo charge with 20 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers made, while sophomore Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) tied her career best with eight assists.
The Valpo women’s basketball team starts off the second half of MVC play at the ARC Thursday evening as the Brown and Gold welcome Evansville to town. It will be the program’s Heart Health Game, as they encourage all fans to wear red to help raise awareness for women’s heart health. Tickets will be half-price, and fans are encouraged to donate the difference to benefit the American Heart Association.
The stirring comeback win against Loyola, takeaways from games last weekend at Drake and at UNI, and Grace Hales surpassing 1,000 career points are among the topics on this edition of Valpo Basketball Weekly with women's basketball head coach Mary Evans.
The Valpo women’s basketball team put together a furious fourth-quarter rally Sunday afternoon against UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa, coming back from down 16 with eight minutes to play to pull within three inside of two minutes remaining, but was unable to complete the comeback, as the Panthers came out 77-70 victors in the finale of the first half of the MVC slate. All five Valpo starters scored in double figures, with junior Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) also matching her career high with six blocked shots.
The Valpo women’s basketball team opens up the month of February by closing out the Iowa road trip Sunday afternoon in Cedar Falls at UNI. Sunday’s contest will cap off the first half of the Missouri Valley Conference schedule.
The Valpo women’s basketball team led at Drake at the end of the first quarter Friday evening in Des Moines, but the Bulldogs pulled away over the middle two quarters as Valpo fell by an 87-66 final. Senior Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind./Westview) became the 16th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her career with a basket late in the fourth quarter to cap a team-high 15-point effort.
Fresh off of one of the most thrilling wins in program history, the Valpo women’s basketball team hits the road this weekend for the Iowa road swing in MVC play, starting off Friday evening in Des Moines against Drake, which has won the MVC regular season championship each of the last three years.
Not all victories are created equal. Some wins are of the ho-hum variety, while other wins leave jaws dropped in their wake as fans try to process what they just witnessed. Friday’s Valpo women’s basketball game at the ARC was certainly a win of the latter variety, as the Brown and Gold rallied from down 11 points with three minutes to play for a heart-stopping 66-64 win over Loyola, capped by a game-winning three-point play from sophomore Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) with 5.2 seconds remaining.
The Valpo women’s basketball team closes out its three-game homestand at the ARC on Friday evening as it hosts Loyola. Valpo looks to continue its recent advantage in the series between the two programs, as it has won four of its five matchups against the Ramblers since joining the MVC.
The positive takeaways from last weekend's pair of games, the strong play recently of Caitlin Morrison and Grace Hales, and the improvement of the MVC women's basketball programs as a whole over the past couple years are among the topics on this edition of Valpo Basketball Weekly with women's basketball head coach Mary Evans.
The challenging run through the Missouri Valley Conference continued Sunday afternoon at the ARC for the Valpo women’s basketball program, as first-place Bradley – which entered the day among the top-80 nationally in RPI – paid the Brown and Gold a visit. Valpo hung tough with the Braves, trailing by just four at the half, but Bradley eventually pulled away in the second half for a 75-61 win. Junior Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) led Valpo and set a career high with 15 points in the losing effort.
The Valpo women’s basketball team continues its three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon at the ARC as it welcomes Bradley to town. The Brown and Gold will look to knock off the first-place Braves, who enter Sunday’s matchup as the MVC’s lone remaining unbeaten team in conference play.
A 10-point run to end the first quarter proved to be too much for the Valpo women’s basketball team to overcome Friday evening at the ARC, as the Brown and Gold battled in an attempt to rally over the final three quarters before succumbing to visiting Illinois State, 72-60.
Coming off consecutive road victories in MVC play last weekend, the Valpo women’s basketball team opens up a three-game stretch at home Friday evening when it hosts Illinois State at the ARC. With a win, Valpo would move above .500 in MVC play for the first time since joining the conference.
Following a pair of strong performances to help the Valpo women’s basketball team earn its first two-game weekend sweep since joining the Missouri Valley Conference, sophomore Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) has been named the MVC Newcomer of the Week.
The Valpo women’s basketball team extended its longest road winning streak since 2005 and earned its first two-game sweep of a conference road weekend since 2008 as it capped the swing through its fellow Indiana schools with an 88-66 victory at Evansville Sunday afternoon. The Brown and Gold matched a season high with 14 3-pointers in the win and registered a season-best 21 steals, tying the most by a Valpo squad in a single game since 1995.
The Valpo women’s basketball team looks for its first two-game sweep of a conference weekend since joining the Missouri Valley Conference on Sunday afternoon, as coming off a 19-point win at Indiana State Friday, the Brown and Gold close out the weekend’s action at Evansville.
The Valpo women’s basketball team earned its first victory in Missouri Valley Conference play this year and extended its road winning streak to four straight games Friday in Terre Haute, Ind., leading start-to-finish in a 75-56 victory over Indiana State.
The Valpo women’s basketball team takes to the road for the first time in Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with the swing through the Valley’s other Indiana schools, starting with a Friday afternoon game at Indiana State. Valpo carries a three-game road winning streak into Friday’s matchup.
The stellar non-conference record, the adjustments during the first weekend of MVC action and the improvements on the defensive end this season are among the topics on this edition of Valpo Basketball Weekly with women's basketball head coach Mary Evans.
The Valpo women’s basketball team put together one of its best shooting performances from behind the 3-point line in program history against a #21/19 Missouri State team which surrendered fewer than seven triples per game entering the game, but it would not be enough for the Brown and Gold to spring the upset on Sunday afternoon at the ARC, as the Bears finished 81-68 victors. Senior Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind./Westview) led the Valpo offense with 17 points, including 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, and moved into the program’s all-time top-20 in points scored.
The Valpo women’s basketball team closes out the first weekend of MVC play on Sunday afternoon with its sternest home test based on rankings in over four years, as the Brown and Gold welcome #21/19 Missouri State to the ARC.
The Valpo women’s basketball team saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end on Friday evening as it opened Missouri Valley Conference play, falling to a strong Southern Illinois squad by a 67-51 final at the ARC.
The Missouri Valley Conference slate kicks off for the Valpo women’s basketball team on Friday evening at the ARC as the Brown and Gold put their seven-game winning streak on the line against Southern Illinois. The Valley schedule promises to be full of tough competition for Valpo, as the MVC currently ranks seventh nationally in conference RPI - on pace for the conference’s best finish ever.
A perfect month. The best pre-conference record in program history. A stat line by a single player unmatched since 2008, and a career-high scoring performance by another player. A seven-game winning streak to carry into the new year. That and more spawned out of the performance of the Valpo women’s basketball team Monday night in Charleston, Ill., as the Brown and Gold closed the 2019 calendar year with a 78-66 victory over Eastern Illinois.
Non-conference action comes to a close for the Valpo women’s basketball team on Monday evening with its final game of the 2019 calendar year, as the Brown and Gold take to the court at Eastern Illinois. A win Monday would not only extend Valpo’s winning streak to seven straight games, but also would finalize the best pre-conference record in program history.
The only drama at the ARC Saturday afternoon for the Valpo women’s basketball team was how large its final margin of victory would be, as the Brown and Gold led visiting Chicago State by 22 points after one quarter and cruised from there to a 95-49 win over the Cougars. The victory was Valpo’s sixth straight win, matching the program’s longest winning streak since 2002, and featured career-best efforts from juniors Marlee Profitt (Medina, Ohio/Highland) and Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South).
Back from the Christmas holiday, the Valpo women’s basketball team will have two final tuneups before the beginning of Missouri Valley Conference play, the first of which comes Saturday afternoon from the ARC as the Brown and Gold welcome Chicago State. With a win on Saturday, Valpo would match its longest winning streak in 18 years.
It came with a good deal more tension down the stretch than the last couple outings, but the result was the same Tuesday night at the ARC for the Valpo women’s basketball team, as the Brown and Gold edged Morehead State, 55-53. With the win, Valpo extended its winning streak to five consecutive games and matched the best start to a season through nine games in program history.
The Valpo women’s basketball team looks to keep rolling on Tuesday night, as it puts its four-game winning streak on the line at home against Morehead State. The game will be Valpo’s last before an 11-day break from competition for Christmas.
One of the best defensive performances in program history propelled the Valpo women’s basketball team to its fourth consecutive win on Sunday afternoon at the ARC, as it took down visiting UIC by a 63-37 final. The four-game winning streak ties the program’s longest streak of consecutive victories since 2007.
The Valpo women’s basketball team hopes that its 10-day break from competition for final exams doesn’t slow the momentum it has been building up, as the Brown and Gold carry a three-game winning streak into their return to action Sunday afternoon at the ARC against UIC. A win on Sunday would match the program’s longest winning streak since 2007.
An earlier than normal start time didn’t faze the Valpo women’s basketball team on Thursday, as Valpo came out for the 11 a.m. local tip and led nearly start to finish, winning 77-58 at Detroit Mercy in front of a crowd of better than 4,500 on Field Trip Day at Calihan Hall. The victory extended Valpo’s winning streak to three games and gave the team its third road victory of the season in five tries.
After eight days away from competition, the Valpo women’s basketball team returns to action with a morning tipoff on Thursday at Detroit Mercy. With final exam week approaching next week, the matchup with the Titans is Valpo’s lone contest over a stretch of 18 days.
Valpo women’s basketball sophomore Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week after leading Valpo to a road win at Toledo last week with one of the top shooting performances in program history.
A combination of lock-down defense in the third quarter and one of the best shooting nights in program history from the 3-point arc by sophomore Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) helped lift the Valpo women’s basketball team to a 61-54 road victory at Toledo Wednesday night. Weinman finished the night 6-of-8 from downtown and poured in a game-high 20 points in the win.
Fresh off a come-from-behind victory at the ARC Sunday afternoon, the Valpo women’s basketball team takes on its second consecutive MAC opponent as it makes the trip to Toledo for a Wednesday night showdown. The matchup with the Rockets is Valpo’s third game in its first six against an opponent who appeared in the postseason last year.
A wild affair Sunday afternoon at the ARC saw the Valpo women’s basketball team rally from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, tying the game within the final 30 seconds on a 3-point play off an offensive rebound from junior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]), and score the first five points of overtime on its way to a 95-90 victory over Bowling Green State University. Senior Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind./Westview) and sophomore Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) tied for team-high honors with 21 points each, both matching their respective career high.
The Valpo women’s basketball team opens up the 2019-20 home campaign on Sunday afternoon at the ARC as it welcomes Bowling Green to town. The game marks Valpo’s lone home contest in the season’s first seven games.
The Valpo women’s basketball team faced its second Big Ten foe in the season’s first four games on Thursday evening as it traveled to Northwestern. The Brown and Gold put together a game effort against the WNIT finalists from last season, but a big second-quarter deficit was too much to overcome as the Wildcats earned a 69-48 victory. Junior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) led Valpo with 15 points, while redshirt junior Marlee Profitt (Medina, Ohio/Highland) matched her career high against a Division I opponent in just her second game back from injury.
A quartet of talented newcomers comprise the incoming freshman class for the Valpo women’s basketball program in 2020-21, as head coach Mary Evans received signed National Letters of Intent back from four members of the Class of 2020 over the past week.
The Valpo women’s basketball team closes out its four-game stretch away from home to open the 2019-20 season on Thursday night, as it makes the trip up to Evanston to face off with Northwestern, a WNIT finalist last season. The game is the second of the young campaign for Valpo against a Big Ten foe.
The Valpo women’s basketball team traveled to Grand Forks Sunday afternoon to take on the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota. A low-scoring fourth quarter featured six lead changes, and Valpo had a chance with 8.9 seconds left to tie or take the lead, but it’s last-second shot was off the mark as it suffered a 65-63 defeat.
The Valpo women’s basketball team looks to make it a perfect swing through The Peace Garden State this weekend on Sunday afternoon as it heads to Grand Forks to take on North Dakota.
The Valpo women’s basketball team traveled to Fargo, North Dakota Friday evening to take on the Bison of North Dakota State in its second game of the season. The Brown and Gold’s defense shined as they forced 22 turnovers in a 66-54 victory over NDSU.
The Valpo women’s basketball team continues its early-season travels Friday night as it heads north to play at North Dakota State. The game will be the first of two in a 43-hour span for the Brown and Gold in The Peace Garden State.
The Valpo women’s basketball team finally opened up the 2019-20 campaign Sunday afternoon, taking on Big Ten foe Ohio State at the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Valpo hung tight with the Buckeyes through the opening quarter of play, but OSU would pull away for an 89-38 win.
The Valpo women’s basketball team tips off the 2019-20 campaign on Sunday afternoon, and will test itself right out of the gate against a Power Five opponent in Ohio State. The game will be a neutral-site matchup at Wittenberg University.
The Valpo women’s basketball program received word from the NCAA Friday afternoon that junior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) has been granted a legislative relief waiver deeming her immediately eligible to play for Valpo in the 2019-20 season.
The Valpo women’s basketball team has been selected to finish in eighth place in the Missouri Valley Conference in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches, sports information directors and media members.
Valparaiso University Athletic Department has announced plans to hold an event for the men’s and women’s basketball programs at the Hammond Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana and the City of Hammond.
Valpo women’s basketball head coach Mary Evans announced today that Mark Schwitzgable has joined the Valpo program as an assistant coach entering the 2019-20 season. In addition, Evans announced that Kaylin Speedy has been promoted to director of basketball operations.
Valparaiso University Director of Sports Medicine Nate Twedt has announced two additions to his staff as Ken DeAngelis and Stephen Jones have been hired as Assistant Athletic Trainers.
Valpo men’s and women’s basketball finalized their respective schedules for the upcoming 2019-20 season as the Missouri Valley Conference office released the conference slate on Tuesday.
Four games against teams which reached postseason play last season highlight the 2019-20 Valparaiso University women’s basketball non-conference schedule, as unveiled Monday by head coach Mary Evans.
Valparaiso University women’s basketball head coach Mary Evans announced today that guard Alexis Cowan has joined the program as a graduate transfer and will have one season of eligibility remaining. A native of Bolingbrook, Ill., Cowan comes to Valpo after spending the last two years at Florida Atlantic.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball program announced today that it will hold an Elite Camp at the ARC on Saturday, Aug. 24.
For the second consecutive summer, a Valparaiso University women’s basketball player is set to pursue the experience of a lifetime.