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2003-04 Women's Basketball News
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April 26, 2004
Valparaiso University women's basketball coach Keith Freeman has announced that Kayla Ming has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Crusaders next fall.
April 07, 2004
The Valparaiso University State Farm Insurance Women's Basketball Banquet will be held on Monday, April 26 at the Strongbow Inn Banquet Center.
March 21, 2004
Valparaiso rallied from a 16-point second half deficit and closed within three in the final six minutes, but fell short on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 71-63 decision to Kansas State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.
March 17, 2004
For the second time in as many years the Valparaiso Crusaders are headed to the NCAA Tournament. This year, the 15th seeded Crusaders will battle Kansas State, the Mideast Region's second seed. The contest will be Valpo's first-ever neutral site postseason contest. The Brown and Gold has won nine of its last ten games overall after defeating Oral Roberts 64-63 in the Mid-Con championship.
March 15, 2004
Valparaiso University's women's basketball team will take to the court at 11 a.m. CST on Sunday morning in Minneapolis, Minn. in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament against Kansas State. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
March 14, 2004
Valparaiso University's women's basketball team will face Kansas State on Sunday in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament to be held in Minneapolis, Minn.
March 09, 2004
For the second straight season, Valparaiso won the Hereford House Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, as the Crusaders defeated Oral Roberts 64-63 on Tuesday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo. With the win, the Crusaders are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.
March 08, 2004
For the third straight season and the fifth time in the last seven years, Valparaiso is headed to the Hereford House Mid-Continent Conference Tournament championship game following the Crusaders 66-54 victory over UMKC on Monday afternoon in the semifinals.
March 07, 2004
After a thrilling last-second victory over IUPUI, Valparaiso returns to the hardwood on Monday afternoon in the semifinals of the Hereford House Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The second-seeded Crusaders will face UMKC, the tourney's third seed.
March 06, 2004
Jamie Gutowski's (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) runner in the lane with 1.4 seconds remaining capped off an 11-0 run lifting Valparaiso to a 53-52 come-from-behind victory over IUPUI in the quarterfinals of the Hereford House Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
March 03, 2004
Valparaiso will begin defense of its Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title on Saturday evening as the Crusaders face IUPUI. Valpo, the tournament's number two seed, closed the regular season by winning six of its final seven games.
March 03, 2004
Valparaiso University's Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) and Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) each earned All Mid-Continent Conference Team honors, while Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) was named to the league's All-Newcomer Team for the 2003-2004 season.
March 01, 2004
By virtue of a coin flip, Valparaiso became the #2 seed for this weekend's Hereford House Mid-Continent Conference Basketball Tournament this weekend in Kansas City, Mo. The Crusaders will face #7 IUPUI in the quarterfinals on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. CST.
March 01, 2004
Valparaiso scored the first 12 points of the second half and turned a halftime deficit into a 56-46 victory over Chicago State on Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center in the regular season finale for both teams.
February 29, 2004
Valparaiso will conclude the 2003-2004 regular season on Monday night as the Crusaders host Chicago State. Valpo has won five of its last six games, and still has a chance to finish in a second place tie in the Mid-Continent Conference standings.
February 28, 2004
Valparaiso University head coach Keith Freeman earned his 300th career victory on Saturday afternoon as Kathryn Knoester (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) scored a career high 21 points and the Crusaders defeated IPFW 80-65 on Senior Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 27, 2004
Valparaiso steps out of Mid-Continent Conference action on Saturday afternoon to entertain IPFW on Senior Day beginning the final homestand of the 2003-2004 season for the Crusaders. The Brown and Gold is looking to rebound from a loss at Southern Utah last Saturday.
February 21, 2004
Valparaiso struggled from both ends of the floor and dropped a 66-52 decision at Southern Utah on Saturday evening.

February 18, 2004
Valparaiso takes to the road for the final time during the 2003-2004 regular season on Saturday evening as the Crusaders look to extend their winning streak to five at Southern Utah.
February 16, 2004
Valparaiso moved into second place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings after posting a 65-47 victory over Oral Roberts on Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 15, 2004
Valparaiso will try to extend its winning streak to four games on Monday evening as the Crusaders entertain Oral Roberts. Valpo has won seven of its last nine games overall.
February 14, 2004
Tamra Braun's (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) putback with 1.2 seconds remaining off of a Jamie Gutowski (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) miss gave Valparaiso a 50-48 come-from-behind victory over UMKC on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 12, 2004
The Valparaiso women's basketball team will be holding its 2004 summer camps this June and July.
February 11, 2004
Valparaiso will look to continue its current success on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain UMKC. The Brown and Gold has won two straight and is tied for third in the Mid-Continent Conference, while the Kangaroos arrive in second place in the standings.
February 09, 2004
Led by six players with eight or more points, Valparaiso withstood a second half rally by Chicago State to post a 63-58 victory over the Cougars on Monday evening in Chicago, Ill.
February 08, 2004
Valparaiso will conclude its three game road trip on Monday evening as the Brown and Gold heads to the Windy City to battle Chicago State. The Crusaders are coming off of a convincing 76-38 victory over Centenary on Monday evening while the Cougars are looking for their first Mid-Con win.
February 07, 2004
Valparaiso allowed just eight first half points on Saturday evening on the way to a convincing 76-38 victory over Centenary in Shreveport, La.
February 04, 2004
Valparaiso will look return to the victory column on Saturday evening as the Crusaders make their first-ever trip to Shreveport, La. to battle Centenary. The Brown and Gold have dropped back-to-back games, but look to rebound against the Ladies, a team they defeated just two weeks ago.
February 02, 2004
Valparaiso fought back from a pair of double-figure deficits, but in the end it was not enough as the Crusaders dropped a 62-59 decision to Western Illinois on Monday night in Macomb, Ill.
February 01, 2004
Valparaiso will look to return to the win column on Monday evening as the Brown and Gold take to the road for the first of three straight games away from the ARC, heading to Western Illinois to battle the second place Westerwinds. The Crusaders will look to stop Western's 23-game homecourt win streak, the nation's third longest.
January 31, 2004
Valparaiso shot just 29.6% from the floor in the second half as the Crusaders saw their ten-game Mid-Continent Conference homecourt win streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon as the Oakland downed Valpo 59-54 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 28, 2004
Valparaiso will conclude its three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain Oakland. Valpo, which is coming off of a 66-49 victory over Centenary on Monday, is looking for its fifth straight win.
January 26, 2004
Valparaiso used 55.2% shooting in the first half to build a 32-point halftime advantage to lift the Crusaders to a 66-49 win over Centenary on Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 25, 2004
Valparaiso looks to extend its three-game win streak on Monday evening as the Crusaders entertain Centenary. The Brown and Gold is coming off of a 73-63 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night.
January 24, 2004
Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) scored a career high 26 points to lead four Crusaders in double-figures as Valparaiso defeated Southern Utah 73-63 on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 22, 2004
After moving into a tie for second place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings, Valparaiso will return to the ARC on Saturday evening to host Southern Utah in the first of three straight home contests.
January 19, 2004
Valparaiso University head coach Keith Freeman became the winningest coach in Mid-Continent Conference history on Monday evening, notching victory number 164 with the Crusaders, as Valpo defeated IUPUI 75-52.
January 18, 2004
Valparaiso looks to move back over the .500 mark on Monday evening when the Crusaders travel to IUPUI. The Brown and Gold are coming off of a 60-56 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon, and will face the Jaguars for the second time in less than two weeks.
January 17, 2004
Keyed by several big shots down the stretch, Valparaiso defeated Western Illinois 60-56 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, handing the Westerwinds their first Mid-Continent Conference loss of the season.
January 16, 2004
Valparaiso will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon to entertain the defending Mid-Continent Conference regular season champion Western Illinois Westerwinds. The Crusaders, the defending conference tournament champions, are looking to rebound from a pair of road losses.
January 12, 2004
A 22-2 run midway through the second half helped lead UMKC to a 70-54 victory over Valparaiso on Monday evening in Kansas City, Mo.
January 10, 2004
Valparaiso rallied from a pair of double-digit deficits on Saturday afternoon, but in the end, Oral Roberts held on for a 67-66 victory over the Crusaders in Tulsa, Okla.
January 08, 2004
Following a 67-49 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday, Valparaiso takes its 2-0 Mid-Continent Conference record back out onto the road on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders visit Oral Roberts.
January 06, 2004
Four players scored in double figures for Valparaiso as the Crusaders jumped out to a big first half lead and cruised to a 67-49 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 05, 2004
After playing three straight games on the road, Valparaiso returns to the ARC on Tuesday evening for its Mid-Continent Conference home opener as the Crusaders entertain IUPUI.
January 03, 2004
Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) scored a career high 24 points and added a career best 14 rebounds and for the first time in five years Valparaiso registered a road victory at Oakland, defeating the Golden Grizzlies 61-56 on Saturday afternoon in Rochester, Mich.
December 31, 2003
Valparaiso will open Mid-Continent Conference play on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Oakland for a rematch of the last two Mid-Con Tournament title games. Valpo won last year's title tilt 48-46 to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth ever, while the Golden Grizzlies won the 2002 contest 52-40.
December 30, 2003
Despite a career high 24 points by Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.), Valparaiso ended up on the short end of the score Tuesday evening, as Miami (Ohio) defeated the Crusaders 83-71 in Oxford, Ohio.
December 29, 2003
Valparaiso will conclude the 2003 calendar year with their final non-conference match-up prior to Mid-Continent Conference action on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders head to Miami (Ohio) to battle the RedHawks.
December 21, 2003
Valparaiso heads to the holiday break after suffering a 70-47 setback against DePaul on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.
December 16, 2003
Valparaiso University guard Suzie Hammel (Lafayette, Ind./Lebanon H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after guiding the Crusaders to a pair of victories last week.
December 14, 2003
Valparaiso won its fifth game in its last six outings on Sunday afternoon, defeating Loyola (Ill.) 61-45 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
December 12, 2003
After winning four of their last five games, the Valparaiso Crusaders head return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Sunday afternoon to battle Loyola (Ill.) in the final home game of the 2003 calendar year.
December 10, 2003
Suzie Hammel (Lafayette, Ind./Lebanon H.S.) scored 18 of her 19 points in the first half and Jenna Stangler (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) added 18 points on the night as Valparaiso defeated IPFW 86-60 on Wednesday evening in Fort Wayne, Ind.
December 09, 2003
The Valparaiso Crusaders, winners in three of their last four contests, will take to the road Wednesday evening for a game against IPFW at the Fort Wayne Coliseum.
December 06, 2003
Valparaiso shot 54.7% from the floor, its best shooting night of the season by far, and defeated Butler 74-67 on Saturday afternoon in the Hoosier State Classic at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
December 03, 2003
Valparaiso hung around with #10/7 Purdue until the final horn, but in the end, dropped a 68-57 decision to the Boilermakers at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday evening.
December 02, 2003
The Valparaiso Crusaders entertain #10/7-ranked Purdue on Wednesday evening in a rematch of the Crusaders First Round NCAA Tournament game from 2003. The Boilermakers won that contest on their own home floor, but for this game, the site shifts to Valpo.
November 30, 2003
Valparaiso's defense came alive in the second half as the Crusaders rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Central Michigan 66-46 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Sunday afternoon.
November 24, 2003
Valparaiso picked up its first victory of the season on Monday evening, as the Crusaders forced 33 Saint Francis (Ind.) turnovers on the way to a 78-52 victory over the Cougars at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
November 21, 2003
Valparaiso struggled from the field, shooting just 29.4% for the game, as the Crusaders fell 74-57 at #20 Notre Dame on the road Friday evening.
November 19, 2003
The Valparaiso Crusaders continue their rugged season-opening road trip on Friday evening as the Brown and Gold travels to Notre Dame. Valpo is coming off of a pair of losses to Oregon and Villanova in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic and now will play the #20 Fighting Irish.
November 19, 2003
Valparaiso University's Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) was named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week following the Crusaders first weekend of action.
November 16, 2003
A 14-0 run midway through the second half was all that Villanova needed, as the Wildcats defeated Valparaiso 68-50 on Sunday afternoon in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic consolation game held in Eugene, Ore.
November 16, 2003
Valparaiso University's Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) was named to the Women's Sports Foundation Classic All-Tournament Team following the event's conclusion on Sunday evening.
November 15, 2003
Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half as Oregon rallied from a deficit early in the second half to defeat Valparaiso 60-47 on Saturday in the opening round of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic held in Eugene, Ore.
November 13, 2003
The Valparaiso Crusaders begin their 2003-2004 season at the Women's Sports Foundation Classic. The Crusaders are coming off of their first NCAA Tournament appearance last year, and will face Oregon in the opening round before battling either LSU or Villanova on day two.
November 12, 2003
Valparaiso University women's basketball coach Keith Freeman has announced the signings of four players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Crusaders beginning in the 2004-2005 season.
November 02, 2003
Freshman Carrie Myers (Stickleyville, Va./Lee H.S.) led three Crusaders in double-figures as Valparaiso defeated the Reebok Lady Stars 73-65 in exhibition action on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
October 31, 2003
Valparaiso University's women's basketball team will take to the floor for the first time on Sunday afternoon as they host the Reebok Lady Stars in an exhibition game at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Tip-off is at 2:05 p.m.
October 30, 2003
Excitement will be in the air when the Valparaiso Crusaders women's basketball team takes to the floor for the 2003-2004 season. After qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history last season, and participating in postseason play in each of the last two years, confidence is at an all-time high for the Brown and Gold.
October 23, 2003
Valparaiso University's women's basketball team, fresh off their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, has been selected to finish in second place in the Mid-Continent Conference according to the annual preseason poll that is conducted by the conference's basketball coaches, SIDs, and selected media members. The Crusaders Katie Boone (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) and Suzie Hammel (Lafayette, Ind./Lebanon H.S.) were each selected to the Mid-Con's Preseason All-Conference Second Team.
October 07, 2003
For the fifth straight season Valparaiso University's women's basketball team has been ranked in the top-25 among the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Honor Roll. The Crusaders ranked ninth in the country in team grade point average for the 2002-2003 school year.
September 19, 2003
Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball season tickets are on sale through the Valpo Athletics Ticket Office. Season tickets can be purchased by calling Cindy Eaton at (219) 464-5233. Season tickets can be purchased by check (payable to Valparaiso University), Visa/MasterCard or Discover. Orders are due by Sept. 26.

September 11, 2003
Valparaiso University will be holding its ninth annual Fall Coaches' Clinic on Friday and Saturday, September 26-27.
June 03, 2003
Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Bill Steinbrecher has announced that the Crusaders head women's basketball coach Keith Freeman has signed a contract extension through the 2006-2007 season, and that Steve Bruce has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.
May 27, 2003
The Valparaiso University women's basketball team, coming off of its first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, will play four games against teams that also participated in the tournament last season including a rematch with the Crusaders first round opponent, Purdue, at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Women's Basketball Archives
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
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
W 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
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