A 26-4 run over the last 11:29 of the first half proved to be enough for Purdue as the Boilermakers defeated Valparaiso 66-51 on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Valparaiso Crusaders head down I-65 to play instate rival Purdue in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders, who are appearing in their first tournament game, are the 15th seed in the East Region, while the Boilermakers are seeded #2. See story for game notes.
Valparaiso University will host a pairings party on Sunday afternoon beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders await the announcement of their opponent for the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament.
The Valparaiso Crusaders seek their first Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title and NCAA berth ever on Tuesday evening as the Brown and Gold battle Oakland for the championship. The Crusaders defeated Western Illinois 49-45 in the semifinals to reach their third championship game in four years.
Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) made a pair of free throws with 8.0 seconds left to give Valparaiso its first Mid-Continent Conference title in school history and send the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history as the Brown and Gold defeated Oakland 48-46 on Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.
Jenna Stangler's (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) eight-foot jumper with 30.6 seconds left put Valparaiso in front and Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) iced the game with two free throws with 8.0 seconds left as the Crusaders defeated Western Illinois 49-45 on Monday afternoon to advance to the championship game of the Conoco Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Fox Sports Chicago, Fox Sports Detroit and Fox Sports Midwest at 5 p.m. (CST).
Valparaiso lit up Kansas City's Kemper Arena on Saturday afternoon, shooting 68.8% from three-point range and 57.7% from the floor as the Crusaders defeated Oral Roberts 94-56 in the quarterfinals of the Conoco Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Valpo's 38-point margin of victory was the second largest in tournament history.
The Valparaiso Crusaders begin postseason play on Saturday afternoon when the Brown and Gold take on fifth-seeded Oral Roberts in the quarterfinals of the Conoco Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Valpo, the tournament's fourth seed, is coming off of a 67-52 loss at UMKC on Monday to close the regular season, but defeated the Golden Eagles in both meetings earlier this season.
Valparaiso University's Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) was named to the Mid-Continent Conference First Team on Thursday when the conference office released their postseason awards. Meredith Baugher (Berea, Ohio/Berea H.S.) and Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) were both Honorable Mention selections.
Valparaiso University's basketball team has drawn the fourth seed for this weekend's Conoco Mid-Continent Conference Women's Basketball Tournament and will face Oral Roberts at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
Valparaiso saw its regular season come to a close on Monday night in Kansas City, Mo. with a 67-52 defeat at the hands of UMKC. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak the Crusaders had over the Kangaroos.
Lauren Bechtold (Hebron, Ind./Hebron H.S.) scored a career-high 15 points and Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) recorded her fourth double-double of the season as Valparaiso snapped its three-game road losing streak defeating Oral Roberts 80-65 on Saturday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla.
Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) led four Crusaders in double-figures as Valparaiso defeated Oakland 77-54 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Monday evening in Valpo's final home game of the season.
The Valparaiso Crusaders will look to snap their two-game losing streak on Monday evening as the Brown and Gold conclude their three-game road trip at Chicago State. Valpo is coming off of a 68-62 defeat at Southern Utah on Saturday.
Western Illinois scored the final four points in regulation to force overtime, then outscored Valparaiso 12-1 in the extra session as the Westerwinds defeated the Crusaders 73-62 on Saturday afternoon in Macomb, Ill.
The Valparaiso Crusaders begin the second half of their conference schedule on Saturday at 4 p.m. traveling to Western Illinois for a battle with the first place Westerwinds. Valpo, a game back in the Mid-Con standings, look to forge a tie at the top with a victory.
Valparaiso University's Suzie Hammel (Lafayette, Ind./Lebanon H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of victories last week to propel the Brown and Gold into second place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings.
The Valparaiso Crusaders look to maintain their second place standing in the Mid-Continent Conference on Monday evening as they host Oral Roberts to conclude the first half of Mid-Continent Conference action.
Meredith Baugher (Berea, Ohio/Berea H.S.) scored a career high 23 points and Suzie Hammel (Lafayette, Ind./Lebanon H.S.) added 22 as Valparaiso rallied from an eight-point second half deficit to defeat UMKC 67-64 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Valparaiso Crusaders look to maintain their second place standing in the Mid-Continent Conference when the Brown and Gold host UMKC on Saturday afternoon. The Kangaroos are one of four teams tied with Valpo in the Mid-Con race.
Meredith Baugher (Berea, Ohio/Berea H.S.) recorded her first career double-double as Valparaiso moved back over .500 with a 66-50 Mid-Continent Conference victory over Chicago State on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Tickets for the 2003 Conoco Mid-Continent Conference Men's & Women's Basketball Tournaments are on sale through the Valpo Athletic Ticket Office. Both tournaments will be held March 8-11 in Kansas City's Kemper Arena. The women's tournament takes place March 8, 10-11 and the men's tournament will be played March 9-11.
Valparaiso started the game off cold from the floor and never really warmed up as the Crusaders dropped their Mid-Continent Conference opener to Western Illinois 50-43 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso capitalized on 33 Jacksonville turnovers and shot 50% from the floor as the Crusaders defeated Jacksonville 76-56 on Friday evening in Florida for the Brown and Gold's fourth straight victory.
The Valparaiso Crusaders look to open the year 2003 with the same result as they closed 2002 with, travelling to Jacksonville on Friday evening. Valpo is coming off of a 68-54 victory over Lehigh on Sunday afternoon.
The Valparaiso Crusaders look to close the 2002 calendar year with their third straight victory as they host Lehigh on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo is coming off of a 76-39 victory over Indiana Wesleyan.
The Valparaiso Crusaders look to move back to the .500 mark on the season hosting Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. A win would mark the first time this season that Valpo would post back-to-back victories.
Suzie Hammel (Lafayette, Ind./Lebanon H.S.) scored a game-high 20 points and the Valparaiso defense limited Loyola (Ill.) to just 14 first half points as the Crusaders defeated the Ramblers 54-47 on Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Ill.
The Valparaiso Crusaders look to rebound from a 47-44 loss to DePaul on Friday evening as the Brown and Gold travels to Chicago to face Loyola (Ill.). The game will mark the final road contest for the Crusaders in the 2002 calendar year.
The Valparaiso Crusaders return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Friday evening as the Brown and Gold hosts DePaul. Valpo is looking for its second straight victory after defeating Ball State 88-82 on Saturday afternoon.
Suzie Hammel (Lafayette, Ind./Lebanon H.S.) tied a school-record with eight three-pointers, including seven straight in the second half, as Valparaiso defeated Ball State 88-82 on Saturday afternoon in the Hoosier State Classic held at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Valparaiso Crusaders travel to Indianapolis, Ind. to participate in the Hoosier State Classic after dropping a narrow six-point contest to #9 Notre Dame on Wednesday. Valpo will face Ball State in the classic, a rematch of a second round WNIT game from last season, won by the Crusaders.
Valparaiso gave the ninth ranked (AP and Coaches poll) Fighting Irish of Notre Dame all they could handle Wednesday evening, before eventually falling 74-68 in front of more than 1,500 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Valparaiso Crusaders conclude their three-game homestand hosting ninth-ranked Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are the second nationally-ranked team the Crusaders have faced this season, having played Texas Tech last Wednesday.
The Valparaiso Crusaders look for back-to-back victories as the Brown and Gold hosts Navy at the ARC. The Crusaders are coming off of a 91-48 victory over Concordia (Wis.) on Saturday afternoon and are in the midst of a three-game homestand.
Valparaiso jumped out to a 46-11 halftime lead and never looked back on its way to a 91-48 victory over Concordia (Wis.) on Saturday afternoon in the Crusaders home opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Valparaiso Crusaders, fresh off of a victory against Fresno State 57-51 in the consolation game of the Spartan Chevrolet Classic, will head to the Lone Star state for a match-up with nationally ranked Texas Tech.
Freshman Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) scored 24 points Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) added 20 as Valparaiso defeated Fresno State 57-51 on Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the Spartan Chevrolet Classic held in East Lansing, Mich.
The Valparaiso Crusaders begin their 2002-2003 season at the Spartan Chevrolet Classic. The Crusaders are coming off of their first postseason appearance in school history when the Brown and Gold reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT last year.
After claiming their second Mid-Continent Conference regular season title in school history and making an unprecedented run advancing to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, the Valparaiso University women's basketball team will look to continue its success on the hardcourt in 2002-2003.
The Valparaiso University women's basketball team, defending Mid-Continent Conference champions, has been picked to finish in second place in the preseason poll, as selected by the league's coaches, sports information directors, and media members.
Not only did the Valparaiso University's women's basketball team have success on the court in 2001-2002, the Crusaders also excelled in the classroom, ranking fifth in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division I Honor Roll that was released.
Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball season tickets are now on sale at the Valpo Athletic Ticket Office in the Athletics-Recreation Center. The ticket package includes 16 men's games, including the Jan. 4 game against Notre Dame at the United Center in Chicago, and 14 women's games.