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VALPO HOSTS PURDUE IN A REMATCH FROM THE 2003 NCAA TOURNAMENT

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

#10/7 PURDUE (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at VALPARAISO (2-3, 0-0 Mid-Con)

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3, 2003.

WHERE: Athletic-Recreation Center (5,000), Valparaiso, Ind.

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM), Valparaiso, Ind. Steve Rhodes will handle the play-by-play, while Andy Viano will provide color commentary.

TV: Comcast Cablevision Ch. 43-tape delay. Dick Harlan will handle the play-by-play, while Paul Curtis will provide color commentary. The game will air on Sat., Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is led by Keith Freeman, who is in his 16th season of coaching, and 10th with the Crusaders. He is 286-156 overall, and 157-109 at Valpo. Purdue is led by Kristy Curry, who is 111-28 in her 4th season overall and with the Boilermakers.

SERIES RECORD: Purdue leads all-time 9-0, with the series beginning during the 1970-1971 season.

LAST MEETING: Purdue defeated Valpo 66-51 on March 22, 2003 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind. Erika Valek scored 23 points to lead the Boilermakers, while Jenna Stangler scored 12 points and Jeanette Gray added 11 for the Crusaders. Valpo led for the first 10 minutes of the game, but a 26-4 Purdue run to end the first half lifted the Boilermakers to the win.

The Valparaiso Crusaders entertain #10/7-ranked Purdue on Wednesday evening in a rematch of the Crusaders First Round NCAA Tournament game from 2003. The Boilermakers won that contest on their own home floor, but for this game, the site shifts to Valpo.

MAKING IT TOUGH TO SCORE: Valparaiso held Central Michigan to just four second half field goals on Sunday afternoon. Two of the four buckets came as the shot clock was winding down. The Crusaders also forced 13 turnovers in the second half of the game.

BACK ON TOP: Valparaiso's defense has returned to form. After finishing in the top-25 in the nation the past two seasons in scoring defense, the Crusaders have found themselves atop the Mid-Continent Conference again this season. Valpo has allowed just 60.0 pointer per game thus far this season.

ROUGH SCHEDULE: Purdue marks the Crusader's fourth opponent in the first six games on this season's schedule that is ranked in the top-25 or receiving votes when the Crusaders played them.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF MAKES: After trailing by nine points at intermission, Valpo stormed back to defeat Central Michigan by 20 points. The Brown and Gold held the Chippewas to just 15 points in the second half, while scoring 44 themselves.

HAMMEL COMES ALIVE: Suzie Hammel has caught fire from long-range the past two games. Hammel has hit four three-pointers in each game, and has scored 17 and 16 points in each game.

KNOCKING THEM DOWN INSIDE: Freshman Tamra Braun has made an impact inside for Valpo in the early going. The 6'4" center has shot 58.8% from the field and has blocked five shots, while playing 17.8 minutes per night.

PURDUE NOTES: Purdue enters tonight's game ranked 10th/7th in the country and is riding a three-game winning streak. The Boilermakers won the Golden Knights Classic over the weekend, downing Wake Forest 76-57 in the championship on Saturday night. Purdue defeated tournament host UCF 87-52 in the opening round.

Shereka Wright leads Purdue in scoring, averaging 17.0 points per contest. The senior forward has scored in double-figures in all five games thus far this season.

Freshman Katie Gearlds is pouring in 11.6 points per contest, while Erika Valek has added 11.0 points per game in the early going.

The Boilermakers are playing the third of five straight games away from Mackey Arena tonight. Purdue will head to Houston for a game on Sunday afternoon.
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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
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