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Valpo Rally Falls Short Against Wright State
Launa Hochstetler had a game-high 17 points for the Crusaders.
Launa Hochstetler had a game-high 17 points for the Crusaders.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso cut a 15-point second half deficit to three with 3:24 to play, and had the basketball, but was unable to complete the comeback attempt on Saturday afternoon, falling 75-64 to Wright State at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

                Trailing 60-45 with 8:00 to play in the game, the Crusaders went on a 14-2 run in an effort to rally.  Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) scored six points Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) added four more for the first 10 points of the run, and two free throws by Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) cut the lead to 62-59 at the 3:24 mark.

                Valpo forced a Wright State miss, but a Crusader turnover on the offensive end led to a Raider basket.  The Raiders forced another turnover and pushed the lead to seven with 1:15 to play, and Valpo could not get the deficit below four the rest of the way.  Wright State made 11-of-12 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

                Wright State started the game on fire from the floor, making 10 of its first 14 shots to build a 26-12 lead 10 minutes into the game.  Valpo cut its deficit to 10, 31-21, following a lay-in by Katie Emig (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Marian H.S.), but the Raiders responded and took a 38-23 lead into the locker room.

                The visitors shot 70% (14-of-20) from the floor in the first half to overcome 12 turnovers.

                “They had their way with us in the first half and hurt us with their penetration,” Valpo head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We put ourselves in bad positions.  Part of that is their quickness.”

                Valpo cut into the lead right out of the break, pulling within 11, 40-29, and had a chance to get the deficit to single digits, but was unable to do so.  Wright State then maintained a 13-15 point lead throughout the half until the Crusaders’ late run.

                Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) led Valpo with 17 points, making 10-of-11 from the free throw line.  Kulaga added 12, connecting on 6-of-8 from the charity stripe, and Litka added 10 for the Brown and Gold.

                Valpo shot 82.9% (29-of-35) from the free throw line, including making 25-of-27 in the second half in the comeback attempt.

                “I thought once we got into the bonus we wanted to drive it and get to the line, Freeman added.  “It helped us get back into the game making free throws.”

                Whitney Lewis led five Raiders in double figures with 16 points, including 6-of-7 from the floor, while Sheylani Peddy added 15 for Wright State (12-13, 9-5 Horizon League).  The Raiders finished the game shooting 58.1% from the floor.

                Valparaiso (12-14, 7-8) will head out on the road for the final three games of the regular season, beginning Thursday night in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Crusaders and Cleveland State will tip at 6 p.m. CST with and all the action can be seen on the Horizon League Network.  The game will also be carried live on www.sportsjuice.com.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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