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Milwaukee Snaps Valpo's 11-Game Home Win Streak
Sarah Ott scored 14 for Valpo against Milwaukee.
Sarah Ott scored 14 for Valpo against Milwaukee.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso shot just 22.2% from three-point range and could not overcome a 13-point second half deficit on Thursday night as the Crusaders saw their 11-game home court winning streak come to an end, falling to Milwaukee 68-62 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

                The Crusaders hit their first two triples of the game, but managed just two more the rest of the way in the loss.

                The Panthers jumped out to an 11-point halftime advantage, 40-31.  Valpo cut into the lead on back-to-back baskets by Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) and Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.).  After Valpo had three more chances to cut the lead further than five, Milwaukee went on an 8-0 run to build a 48-35 lead with 15:03 to play.

                Valpo tried clawing back, getting the deficit to five, 53-48 at the nine-minute mark.  Milwaukee pushed the lead back to eight, before Valpo tried fighting back again.  A Litka lay-in with 4:47 left cut the lead to four, 58-54, but the Crusaders failed to convert again on the next two possessions after getting defensive stops, and saw the Panther lead go back to eight.

                The Crusaders could not get the deficit back below six the rest of the way.

                Likta led Valpo with 17 points and six rebounds while Kulaga added 15 points and six boards.  Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls H.S.) tied her season high with 14 points while Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) added 12 more.

                “I continue to be impressed with Aimee Litka,” Valpo head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Her consistency is good game after game on both ends of the floor.”

                Aubri Rote led Milwaukee (9-7, 4-1 Horizon) with 21 points, including five three-pointers.  The Crusaders held the Horizon League’s leading scorer, Traci Edwards, to just 14 points, nearly six below her season average and nine below her conference mark.

                “I thought we did a great job on Edwards, and that’s a good thing,” Freeman said.  “We didn’t do a good job on Rote though.  She hurt us significantly more than her season average.  I have a real issue with her being so open.”

                Valpo shot just 38.7% from the floor, though, including 4-of-18 from three-point range.  Milwaukee shot 47.8% to overcome 26 turnovers.

                “We missed a lot of lay-ups,” Freeman added.  “We’ve got to finish those.”

                Valparaiso (7-8, 2-2) returns to action on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders face Green Bay at the ARC on “Pack the House Day.”  Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m. with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  The game can also be seen online on the Horizon League Network.

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