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Crusader Defense Steps Up as Valpo Topples Northwestern

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Valparaiso's defense forced 15 first half turnovers and limited Northwestern to just 19.5% shooting from the floor in the second half as the Crusaders posted a 57-51 victory over the Wildcats at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday evening.

The Crusaders' victory was the third all-time for the Brown and Gold against a school from the Big Ten and marked the first time the two schools have ever met each other on the hardwood.

Northwestern jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead and led by as many as seven, 23-16, after a Sara Stutz three-pointer with 8:41 left in the first half. The Crusaders went on an 8-0 run in less than two minutes, keyed by triples from Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) and Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) and took the lead after Krystal Taylor (Minneapolis, Minn./North H.S.) sank two free throws.

The lead bounced back and fourth before halftime, but the Crusaders took a 30-29 lead into intermission despite Northwestern shooting 57.9% in the first half.

Valpo's defense limited the Wildcats to just one field goal in their first 13 attempts of the second half while extending the lead to eight, 45-37, with 11:02 to play in the game. Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) conventional three-point play made it ten, 50-40, with 8:24 left, but that would be the Brown and Gold's field goal of the game.

Northwestern closed to within three, 50-47, after Julie Bielawski's jumper as Valpo went more than six minutes without scoring. Rietema made four free throws down the strech as the Crusaders hit six in the final 2:01 to secure the victory though.

Braun led the Crusaders with her third double-double of the season and 11th of her career with 18 points and ten rebounds, while adding four blocks. She went 7-of-15 from the floor. Rietema added 12 points and nine boards while Myers was the third Valpo player to tally double figures with 11 points.

A.J. Glasauer led Northwestern (2-2) with 13 points while Melissa Miller added ten points and 13 boards. Valpo limited Ifeoma Okonkwo to just six points on 3-of-7 shooting after she came into the game averaging 23.0 points per contest, ranking second in the Big Ten.

Valpo finished the game shooting just 32.2% from the floor but committed only 15 turnovers, including just five in the second half. The Crusader defense held Northwestern to 31.7% from the field and forced 20 Wildcat turnovers.

Northwestern outrebounded Valpo 49-41 but Valpo held a 20-12 advantage in the paint and a 12-6 margin on second chance points.

In the last seven seasons, the Crusaders have now defeated opponents from the Big Ten (three times, also Michigan in 2001-2002 and Indiana in 1999-2000), Pac-10 (Washington State, 2004-2005), Western Athletic Conference (Fresno State, 2002-2003), Atlantic Coast Conference (Wake Forest, 2001-2002)

Valparaiso (3-2) will continue its tough non-conference schedule on Sunday afternoon at the State Farm Hoosier Classic in Muncie, Ind. The Crusaders will face Ball State (5-0) at 3:30 p.m. CST. WVUR (95.1-FM) and www.valpo.edu/athletics will carry all of the action live with the pregame beginning at 3 p.m.
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M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
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Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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Apr 18 Valpo 6
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Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
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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)
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Apr 19 Valpo 0
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Apr 19 Valpo 2
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
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May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
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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
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Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
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