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Litka's Double-Double Not Enough as Crusaders Fall to Youngstown State
Aimee Litka recorded her first career double-double.
Aimee Litka recorded her first career double-double.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Box Score

                Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) had her first career double-double, but it was not enough as Youngstown State rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat Valparaiso 92-79 on Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

                Litka scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, including 11 second half boards.

                Leading 46-44 at halftime, the Crusaders used a 12-2 run early in the second half to build a 58-49 advantage with 16:35 to play in the game following a lay-in by Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.).

                The Penguins fought back, using a 15-1 run over their own over four minutes to build a 66-61 lead at the 11:32 mark following one of four Valissa Vaughn three-pointers for the night.  Youngstown State’s lead grew to 10, 80-70, with 6:24 to play before the Crusaders made one last run.

                Litka hit two free throws followed by a triple, and Kulaga added a jumper with 4:03 left to cut the deficit to three.  The Crusaders would miss their next seven shots from the floor, though, and an 8-0 run by the Penguins put the game out of reach.

                “We were up nine and gave up some easy shot,” Valpo head coach Keith Freeman said.

                The first half was tight throughout, with seven ties and five lead changes occurring during the first 20 minutes.  Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) scored all 13 of her points during the stanza while dishing out seven of her career-high nine assists.

                Heather Karner kept Youngstown State kept the Penguins close with 14 first half points, including four treys.  She finished the night with a game-high 21 points.

                Youngstown State, a 29.9% three-point shooting team entering the game, hit 14 threes, nine more than their season average, connecting on 43.8% of her shots from beyond the arc.

                “Hats off to Youngstown,” Freeman said.  “They shot the ball extremely well.  They hurt us on the perimeter and hurt us inside.”

                Valpo shot 51.5% from the floor in the first half, but made just 30.8% of their attempts in the final 20 minutes.  Kulaga led Valpo with 19 points while Kelly Peller (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) added a career-high nine points for the Crusaders.

                Tiara Scott scored 20 points for Youngstown State (10-9, 5-3 Horizon League) while Vaughn added 16.  Jessica Schloemp had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

                Valparaiso (9-10, 4-4) will look to rebound on Saturday afternoon as Cleveland State visits the ARC.  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 live on the Horizon League Network.

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