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Free Throw Shooting Lifts Valpo Past Detroit
Kelly Peller scored a career-high 11 points.
Kelly Peller scored a career-high 11 points.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso made 24-of-26 free throws (92.3%) on the evening, including 11-of-12 from Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.), and the Crusaders snapped their two-game losing skid with a 75-65 victory over Detroit on Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

                Valpo’s free throw shooting marked the eighth best night in school history for percentage in a game (minimum 10 attempts), just behind the 25-of-27 mark earlier this year against Butler for seventh place on the all-time charts.
                “We went to the line tonight and shot well,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “That’s a big thing for us.”

                The Crusaders started slowly against the Titans, falling behind 11-5 more than seven minutes into the contest.  An 8-0 run put Valpo in front following a three-pointer by Kelly Peller (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.), and the Brown and Gold eventually took a 31-24 lead into intermission.

                A 16-4 run early in the second half put the Crusaders up by 17, 47-30, with 15:33 to play in the game. 

                “I felt we created some turnovers in the first five minutes of the second half and built the lead up,” Freeman added.

                Valpo’s lead would remain in double digits until a 9-2 Detroit run cut the advantage to 64-56 with 2:57 to play in the game.

                Launa Hochstetler’s (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) triple put Valpo back up 11, and Valpo went 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to secure the victory.

                Kulaga led the Crusaders with 19 points and five assists while Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) added 14 points.  Hochstetler had 13 points, including six of Valpo’s 11 steals.  Peller scored a career-high 11 points, shooting 3-of-3 from long range.

                “Kelly knocked down open shots, moved the ball, and played hard,” Freeman said.

                Sandi Brown led Detroit (4-20, 1-12 Horizon) with a double-double, 27 points and 10 rebounds.

                “They are a good team, a better team than when we played them at their place,” Freeman concluded.  “Sandi Brown is a very good player.”

                Valpo finished the game shooting 45.7% from the floor, including a 59.1% clip in the second half.  The Crusaders made 9-of-16 three-pointers as well.

                The Crusader defense forced 24 Titan turnovers, creating 25 points off of the miscues.

                Valparaiso (12-13, 7-7) will wrap up the home portion of the regular season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain Wright State.  Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m., with Senior Day activities taking place just prior to the game.  The game will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) as well as online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  The game can also be seen live 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