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Valpo Rolls Past UMKC for Senior Day Victory

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Valparaiso's defense held UMKC to 0-of-17 shooting from three-point range and the Crusaders made a 19-point halftime lead stand up on their way to a 66-48 victory over the Kangaroos on Senior Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders raced in front quickly, 13-4, just seven minutes into the contest. The lead grew to 22-8 at the seven minute mark and Valpo never looked back. Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) capped off the near perfect first half with a 40-footer that hit nothing but net at the buzzer to give the Crusaders a 34-15 halftime advantage.

Valpo limited UMKC to just 26.9% shooting from the floor over the first 20 minutes, including 0-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Following Krystal Taylor's (Minneapolis, Minn./North H.S.) lay-in with 17:05 to play, Valpo's lead had grown to 21, its largest of the day. UMKC chipped away midway through the half, closing to within 13, 50-37, with 7:17 to play, but that would be as close as the Kangaroos would get the rest of the way.

Valpo made 29-of-32 (90.6%) from the free throw line on the day, including 18-of-19 in the second half. UMKC, on the other hand, struggled from the stripe, making just 11-of-19 (57.1%).

Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) and Kulaga led the Crusaders with 12 points while Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) added 10 points. Rietema has now moved into fifth place on Valpo's career scoring list with 1,231 career points.

Braun added a game high nine rebounds while Rietema grabbed eight boards for the Brown and Gold.

Alysa Klein led UMKC (9-19, 5-8 Mid-Con) with 12 points while Stephanie Brown added 11 for the Kangaroos.

Valparaiso (18-10, 10-3) still has a chance to share the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title heading into Monday's regular season finale. The Crusaders need a win and Oakland to fall to Centenary for the Brown and Gold to earn a piece of the title.

Valpo hosts Southern Utah in the regular season finale on Monday night at the ARC in a 7:05 p.m. contest. The game will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) as well as videocast at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
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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
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
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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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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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
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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.
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M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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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 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
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May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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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
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
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
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May 4
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