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VALPO HOSTS MID-CON CO-LEADER IUPUI AT THE ARC ON MONDAY EVENING

Sunday, January 29, 2006

IUPUI (12-6, 7-1 Mid-Con) at VALPARAISO (11-8, 5-3 Mid-Con)

WHEN:
Monday, January 30, 2006, 7:05 p.m. CST.

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

RADIO: WVUR (95.1-FM-Valparaiso) and on the internet at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Ken LaVicka and Matt Engelbrecht will call all of the action.

TV: None.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is led by Keith Freeman, who is in his 18th season of coaching, and 12th with the Crusaders. He is 333-183 overall and 204-136 at Valpo. IUPUI is led by Shann Hart, who is 146-122 in her 10th season overall and 19-25 in her 2nd season with the Jaguars.

SERIES RECORD: Valparaiso holds a 17-3 all-time advantage in the series with IUPUI and have won nine straight meetings between the two schools. Valpo holds a 10-1 edge against the Jaguars at the ARC.

LAST MEETING: Betsy Rietema made 13-of-14 free throws on the way to a career-high 25 points as Valparaiso defeated IUPUI 56-45 on the road February 14, 2005. Tamra Braun added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Crusaders. Jasmine Baines and Regina Marshall led IUPUI with eight points each.

Valparaiso looks to bounce back from back-to-back losses in Mid-Continent Conference play for the first time since January, 2004, on Monday evening as the Crusaders host IUPUI at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo is coming off of a 68-67 loss at the hands of Oakland on Saturday night.

CLOSE DOESN'T COUNT: Valparaiso has dropped three games in Mid-Con play this season, but have been in all of them. All three defeats have come by a total of eight points, including losses of four, three, and one.

RIETEMA A SCORING MACHINE: Betsy Rietema has tallied double-figures in the scoring column in seven of her last eight games after pouring in 18 against Oakland on Saturday. The junior forward is averaging 14.1 points per game during the span. She is tied with Tamra Braun for a team-leading 14 double-figure games this season.

BRAUN SURPASSES 500 BOARDS: Tamra Braun became just the 13th player in Valpo history to reach the 500 rebound plateau on Saturday with her double-double performance. The junior center's now has 509 career boards moving her into 12th place on the Crusaders' all-time rebounding list.

MYERS AMONG NATION'S TOP 3-POINT SHOOTERS: Carrie Myers has become one of the nation's elite outside shooters. The junior guard ranks 25th in the country shooting 44.0% from beyond the arc and is 28th making 2.67 triples per contest.

VALPO'S OUTSIDE SHOOTING 6TH IN THE NATION: Valparaiso is shooting 39.8% from three-point range this season, a mark which ranks sixth in the country through Monday's games.

ALSO AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Valpo is in the top-25 in the nation in three other statistical categories besides three-point shooting through January 23. The Crusaders have committed the fifth fewest fouls of any team in the country (13.2 per game), rank 21st in scoring defense allowing just 55.1 points per game, and are 18th committing just 14.1 turnovers per contest.

DOWN THE ROAD: Valparaiso will make a quick road trip out west next weekend as the Brown and Gold head to Cedar City, Utah to battle the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. CST. The Crusaders will then return home for three straight games beginning Monday, February 6 against Centenary. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the ARC. Valpo's homestand will also include contests against Western Illinois and Chicago State.

IUPUI NOTES: IUPUI may be the surprise team in the Mid-Continent Conference this season as the Jaguars are off to a hot start. The Jaguars, picked eighth in the preseason poll, are currently tied for first in the Mid-Con after defeating Centenary 68-41 at home last Monday night.

Kia Hayes leads IUPUI in scoring averaging 15.2 points per night. The preseason Second Team All Mid-Con selection is fourth in the conference in scoring.

Tanika Mays also is posting double-figure scoring numbers for the Jaguars this season. The freshman is tallying 10.8 points per contest to go along with 7.2 rebounds per night.

Jernisha Cann (8.7 rpg) and Brooke McAfee (7.3 rpg) also help clear the glass for IUPUI, and as a team the Jaguars lead the Mid-Con grabbing 40.9 boards per contest.

Defensively, IUPUI is holding opponents to just 36.2% shooting from the floor and 27.4% from three-point range on the season.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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