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Stats at a GlanceVALPOUIC
FG Percentage.521 (25-48) .468 (22-47)
3P FG Percentage.250 (4-16) .563 (9-16)
FT Percentage.667 (10-15) .600 (15-25)
Offensive Rebounds58
Defensive Rebounds2121
Total Rebounds2629
Bench Points412
PointsWeinman - 23
McCloud - 16
ReboundsWhite - 7
McCloud - 9
AssistsFrederick - 7
Young - 11
StealsWhite - 4
Frederick - 4
Young - 2
BlocksDunson - 2
Young - 1
Women's Basketball Takes On UIC Tuesday
Monday, November 22, 2021
Women's Basketball Takes On UIC Tuesday
Ava Interrante and Valpo head to the Windy City Tuesday evening.

Valparaiso (0-4, 0-0 MVC)
Game #5 - November 23, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.
at UIC (0-3, 0-2 Horizon)
Credit Union 1 Arena (8,000) - Chicago, Ill.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team looks to head into the Thanksgiving holiday on a winning note as the Beacons make the short trip to Chicago to face off with UIC Tuesday evening.

Previously: Shay Frederick and Leah Earnest both reached double figures in the scoring column Sunday as the Valpo women’s basketball team fell at Xavier by a 70-49 final.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)/Streaming Audio: TuneIn app [if no men’s game Tuesday]
Streaming Audio: YouTube [if there is a men’s game Tuesday]
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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 37-53. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

Series Notes: The most common opponent in program history, Valpo trails the all-time series between the former conference rivals by a slim 25-24 margin. UIC holds a 15-8 edge in the series in Chicago. The two squads last met in December 2019 at the ARC, when Valpo put together one of the best defensive efforts in program history in a 63-37 win over the Flames. Valpo limited UIC to 26.7% shooting in that contest and forced 29 Flames turnovers, 18 of which were steals.

...and @ValleyHoops
- Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points - just one point shy of fifth place.
- Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.
- The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

...looking back at last year
- Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
- Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
- Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
- Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 - the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
- Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
- Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season. Xavier
- Xavier scored six of the first quarter’s final eight points to lead 23-18 at the end of one, and extended the run to 11-2 with the first five points of the second quarter.
- The Musketeers’ lead reached as many as 13 points in the first half and Valpo trailed Xavier 35-24 at intermission.
- The Beacons held the Musketeers to just three points over the first six-plus minutes of the second half as they crept back into the game. Valpo out-scored Xavier 10-3 over that stretch, with five different players scoring, and when Grace White finished a layup with 3:54 to play in the quarter, Valpo was within 38-34.
- Xavier scored on each of its next six possessions, however, to extend its lead back out to 51-36 with 10 minutes to play.
- Valpo got no closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter.
- Frederick paced Valpo with 14 points and knocked down three 3-pointers. She now ranks ninth in program history with 153 career 3-pointers.
- The senior also led the Beacons’ effort on the glass with eight rebounds.
- Earnest reached double figures in scoring for the second time this year with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting off the bench.
- Valpo shot just 36.6% from the field and was 6-of-28 from 3-point range. Michigan State
- The Spartans led by as many as 13 points in the first half and were up 36-28 at halftime.
- Valpo scored on five of its first seven possessions of the second half to close to within 43-39 with 6:19 to play in the third quarter.
- The Spartans scored the next 10 points as part of a larger 17-5 run to close out the period as they extended out to a 60-44 lead with 10 minutes to play.
- MSU led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter. Valpo got to within seven late on a basket from Grace White with 24 seconds remaining.
- After averaging 16.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in Valpo’s three games against Big Ten teams a season ago, White enjoyed another stellar effort against high-level competition Tuesday. White led all players with 22 points, just one off her Valpo high and 17 of which came in the second half.
- Frederick joined White in double figures Tuesday, finishing with 15 points.
- Valpo put together its best effort on the defensive glass of the season, limiting Michigan State to just four second-chance points and only 11 offensive boards.
- The Beacons committed three fewer turnovers than the Spartans (16-13).

...looking ahead
- The stretch of five straight road games continues after Thanksgiving on Monday at Western Michigan.
- The road string concludes at Bowling Green on Sunday, Dec. 5.

...on the road
- Sunday marks the third of seven non-conference road games and 16 road games in all for Valpo this season.
- Valpo has finished at or above .500 in each of the last two seasons in true road games, going 6-6 on the road last year and 9-5 in 2019-20.

- UIC enters Tuesday’s matchup at 0-3 on the year, dropping its season opener at Northwestern and losing its first two Horizon League games to Purdue Fort Wayne and Cleveland State.
- The Flames were picked to finish in 10th place in the HL preseason poll.
- Jaida McCloud - a Horizon League All-Freshman Team selection last season - is averaging team highs of 17.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game to date.

Get Accustomed to the Road
- Valpo is in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive true road games, which started last Tuesday at Michigan State and concludes Sunday, Dec. 5 at Bowling Green.
- Interestingly, none of them are part of multi-game trips - they are five separate single-game trips.
- It is the first time Valpo will play five consecutive true road games since...the end of the regular season last year, as it closed the MVC slate with one game at Loyola and two games each at Southern Illinois and at Drake.
- It is the first time in program history Valpo will play five consecutive true road games in pre-conference play.
- Valpo last played five straight away from home in pre-conference play in November/December 2013. That year’s squad had road games at Tennessee Tech, Florida International and Toledo, as well as neutral-site games, hosted by the latter two schools, against Montana State and Chicago State.

Strong Start for Earnest
- Sophomore wing Leah Earnest has enjoyed a strong start to her second season in the Brown and Gold.
- After scoring in double figures just once as a freshman, Earnest has already been in double figures in two of Valpo’s first four games - highlighted by a career-best 17 points against Central Michigan.
- Last time out, Earnest tallied 12 points at Xavier and has now scored seven or more points in all four of Valpo’s games.
- Earnest is tied for team-high honors with 11.3 points/game and is shooting 19-of-31 (61.3%) from the floor so far, tops among all MVC players.

Frederick Approaches 1K
- Junior guard Shay Frederick is nearing a scoring milestone.
- With her 14 points on Sunday, Frederick now owns 951 career points, just 49 shy of 1,000 for her career.
- Frederick - who is tied for team-high honors with 11.3 points/game this season - moved into 20th place in program history in career scoring last time out at Xavier.
- When she hits 1,000 career points, Frederick will become the 17th player in program history to reach the milestone. She will also become just the second player all-time at Valpo with at least 1,000 points and 300 assists.

Notable Wins
- The last two seasons have featured a combined 29 wins for Valpo, including many notable victories.
- The 2020-21 squad counted some big wins among its 12 victories, including a pair of literal B1G wins, as the Brown and Gold beat multiple Big Ten teams in the same season for the first time in program history.
- Entering the season without a win over a Power Five program since 2012-13, Valpo won at Illinois for its first-ever win over the Illini, and followed four days later with a road win at Purdue - the second win in program history over the Boilermakers.
- Valpo became the first women’s basketball program with multiple nonconference road wins at Big Ten programs since 2017-18.
- The team picked up some big wins once the schedule flipped to Missouri Valley Conference play as well last season, as three of Valpo’s seven conference victories came over teams in the top-100 of the NET.
- The 2019-20 Valpo squad had one of the top turnarounds in program history from the previous year and one of the best turnarounds in the nation. It more than doubled the win total from the prior season, as the 2018-19 team went 8-24 overall, while the 2019-20 squad went 17-12.
- It was the second-largest improvement in the win column from one year to the next in program history, trailing only the 2001-02 team, which improved an astounding 19 wins from the previous season (7-22 -> 26-7).
- Valpo’s 10.5 game improvement ranked sixth nationally.
- Valpo’s 17 wins in 2019-20 made it the program’s winningest campaign since 2006-07.
- The wins in 2019-20 came in non-conference play, where Valpo posted an 8-3 record – the best pre-conference mark in program history.
- The wins came away from home, as Valpo went 9-5 in true road games – the most road wins since the 2001-02 team won nine true road games.
- The wins came when the schedule shifted to MVC action, as Valpo finished 2019-20 9-9 in MVC play – its first .500 or better record in league play since 2008-09.

Raining Threes
- In her time at the helm of the Valpo program, head coach Mary Evans’ teams have become known for their propensity to shoot 3-pointers.
- Evans’ first three seasons at the helm have seen Valpo’s top-3 single-season total 3-pointers made, including a program-record 276 in her first season in 2018-19 - a mark which ranks seventh in MVC history.
- Valpo has ranked among the top-25 in the nation in 3-pointers/game all three years, with the 2020-21 squad setting a program single-season record by averaging 9.0 triples/game.
- Prior to Evans’ arrival, Valpo had made 14 or more 3-pointers in a game just nine times in program history.
- In the three seasons with her at the helm, Valpo owns nine more games with 14+ triples, including twice matching the program single-game record of 17.
- The style of play isn’t a surprise if you follow the coaching tree. Evans coached under Bob Boldon at Ohio for five years before getting the head job at Valpo, and Boldon was a former assistant coach at FGCU under their legendary head coach, Karl Smesko, whose teams have ranked among the top-5 in the nation in 3-pointers made in each of the last 10 years.

Thievery Abounds
- As much as the offensive end has been highlighted by the 3-point numbers under Evans, the defensive side has seen prolific steal numbers over the last three seasons.
- Valpo has averaged at least 8.9 steals/game in each of Evans’ three seasons.
- Each of the last two years has seen Valpo rank among the top-40 teams nationally in steals/game.
- Carie Weinman has led the MVC in steals in each of the last two seasons. She ranked 16th nationally last year, averaging 2.9 steals/game.
- Valpo tallied double figures in steals 12 times in 25 games in 2020-21, after doing so 16 times the previous season.
- With 300 steals, the 2019-20 squad finished the campaign eighth in program history in the category. The 2001-02 team (330 steals) is the only Valpo team in the last quarter-century to have registered more steals.

A Look at the Non-Conference
- Head coach Mary Evans has put together a challenging non-conference schedule to help prepare Valpo for the grind of MVC play.
- The non-conference slate features five teams which finished within the top-100 of the NCAA NET ranking last season, including three teams which appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
- Valpo will take on four MAC opponents, including the reigning regular season (Bowling Green) and tournament (Central Michigan) champions.
- The Beacons will host Notre Dame at the ARC on Dec. 8.
- Valpo also has trips to two programs - Michigan State and South Dakota - which finished in the top-40 of the NET last year.

Starters, Assemble
- Four regular starters return for Valpo in 2021-22, including a trio who own extensive streaks of consecutive games started.
- Shay Frederick, Caitlin Morrison and Carie Weinman were three of the four players who started every game a season ago.
- Frederick has started 70 consecutive games dating back to the middle of her freshman year, while Morrison and Weinman have made 58 starts in a row.
- The three were members of a quintet which started every single game in the 2019-20 season - the first time in program history the same five players started every game.
- Grace White started all 22 games she was available for last season as well.
- In contrast to that quartet, Maya Dunson made her first start in the Valpo uniform in the season opener.