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Crusaders Commit Just Four Turnovers in Victory over Loyola
Sarah Ott had 10 rebounds for Valpo on Thursday.
Sarah Ott had 10 rebounds for Valpo on Thursday.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso committed just four turnovers, Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) had her second double-double of the season, and Leah Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) hit yet another big three-pointer in the closing seconds as the Crusaders defeated Loyola (Chicago) 69-62 on Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

                With just two turnovers in each half, Valpo was able to take 15 more shots than the Ramblers on the evening, with the added shot attempts helping the Crusaders overcome a 38% shooting night from the floor.

                “Us not turning the ball over is absolutely critical,” Valpo head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Late in the game we were able to go to the high ball screen and we had dribble penetration.”

                Up 64-62 in the waning seconds, Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) penetrated the lane and found Leah Hochstetler on the wing to knock down the triple and put Valpo up five with just 14.9 seconds remaining.

                “Leah’s three was huge because it changed a whole lot in the final moments of the game.”

                Both teams started out slow offensively, with the Crusaders putting up the only four points over the first four-and-a-half minutes of the contest.  Valpo maintained a slight advantage for the first 10 minutes of the contest before an 8-0 Loyola run put the Ramblers up 18-14 at the 9:28 mark.

                The Crusaders did not retake the lead until 2:30 before halftime, when Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) hit two free throws to put Valpo in front 27-26.  Valpo then took a 31-29 lead into the locker room.

                Valpo extended the advantage to seven, 40-33, just over three minutes into the second stanza.  Loyola fought back again, though, cutting the lead to one, 42-41, at the 12:53 mark, and eventually taking a 54-53 lead into the final 5:42.

                A 9-0 run by the Crusaders, sparked by an old-fashioned three-point play by Kulaga, put Valpo up by eight with 2:42 left to play.  Loyola made six free throws over the next two minutes, and cut the lead to two with 38 seconds remaining before Leah Hochstetler’s triple.

                Litka had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Crusaders while Kulaga paced the offensive attack with 16 points.  Launa Hochstetler added 15 while her sister Leah had nine.  Sarah Ott (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls H.S.) grabbed 10 boards for her third double-figure rebounding night of the season.

                “Sarah was much better on the boards for us tonight,” Freeman commented.

                Keisha Collins led Loyola (4-17, 2-8 Horizon) with 23 points while Maggie McCloskey added 11 for the Ramblers.

                Both teams shot well from the free throw line with Valpo making 17-of-19 (89.5%) and Loyola hitting 21-of-25 (84%).

                “Defense is going to be the difference going from here,” Freeman closed with.  “We have to be able to win games on nights we don’t shoot well.”

                Valpo (10-11) will look to return to the .500 mark on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders close out their four-game homestand against UIC.  Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m. at the ARC with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) as well as shown on the Horizon League Network.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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