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CRUSADERS RETURN HOME TO PLAY FOUR OF THEIR FINAL FIVE AT THE ARC

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

UMKC (11-10, 8-2 Mid-Con) at VALPARAISO (13-10, 8-4 Mid-Con)

WHEN: Saturday, February 14, 2004, 7:05 p.m. CST.

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

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM), Valparaiso, Ind. Ed Schillinger will handle the play-by-play with Brent Whitlock providing the color commentary.

TV: None.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is led by Keith Freeman, who is in his 16th season of coaching, and 10th with the Crusaders. He is 297-163 overall and 168-116 at Valpo. UMKC is led by Dana Eikenberg, who is 34-70 in her 4th season overall and with the Kangaroos.

SERIES RECORD: Valparaiso leads the all-time series with UMKC 14-6, but the Kangaroos have won the last two meetings.

LAST MEETING: UMKC defeated the Crusaders 70-54 back on January 12 in Kansas City. Betsy Rietema led Valpo with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Suzie Hammel added 12 points. Casey Ellis led UMKC with 22 points, while Carlai Moore came off the bench with 17 more points along with ten boards for the Kangaroos.

Valparaiso will look to continue its current success on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain UMKC. The Brown and Gold has won two straight and is tied for third in the Mid-Continent Conference, while the Kangaroos arrive in second place in the standings.

HAMMEL MOVES INTO NINTH PLACE ALL-TIME IN SCORING: Suzie Hammel has moved into ninth place on Valpo's career scoring list after notching 12 points at Chicago State. The senior's 1,025 points are just 56 points shy of Lynda Kukla's total of 1,081 from 1988-1992.

FREEMAN CLOSES IN ON 300: Valpo head coach Keith Freeman won his 100th Mid-Con game Monday at Chicago State. For his career, Freeman has 297 victories, needing just three more to join the 300 victory club.

VALPO AMONG NATION'S BEST: The Crusaders currently rank 20th in the nation in turnovers per game according to the February 10 NCAA rankings. Valpo has turned the ball over just 14.9 times per game. Individually, Suzie Hammel is 26th in the country in three-point percentage (41.2%), while ranking 40th in threes per game (2.4).

SHE'S ONLY A FRESHMAN: Freshman Betsy Rietema has become a major factor for the Brown and Gold, stepping in to a starting role when the Crusaders suffered a rash of injuries. In her last 11 games, the rookie has tallied eight double-figure scoring efforts, averaging 11.1 points per game during the span. She is grabbing 5.1 rebounds per night over the last ten games as well. Rietema posted a career-high 16 points at Centenary.

FRESHMAN PART 2: Another freshman stepped up big last weekend for the Crusaders as well. Tamra Braun averaged 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds against Chicago State and Centenary. She also shot 76.9% from the floor, including a perfect 5-of-5 at Chicago State.

UMKC NOTES: UMKC enters today's game just one-half game out of first place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings. The Kangaroos won their first seven league games but have dropped two of their last three, including a narrow 54-52 setback at home against Oakland on Monday evening.

Carlai Moore leads UMKC in both scoring and rebounding. She is tallying 12.1 points and 7.8 boards per contest, the latter ranking seventh in the Mid-Con. She ranks third in the conference registering six double-doubles on the year.

Casey Ellis and Katie Houlehan are both averaging in double-figures as well, with Ellis tallying 10.8 points and Houlehan pouring in 10.4 per contest.

The Kangaroos are committing just 15.0 turnovers per game in conference action, and lead the Mid-Con with a +4.50 turnover margin during league play. UMKC has also posted a 1.11 assist-to-turnover ratio during the conference season, best in the Mid-Con.
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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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
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