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Valpo Struggles on Road Falling at UIC
Launa Hochstetler just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine assists. (Ray Acevedo)
Launa Hochstetler just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine assists. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jessie Miller scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half and UIC held Valparaiso to just 32.7% shooting for the game as the Flames defeated the Crusaders 61-50 on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.

“Miller was the difference in the game tonight,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “She was active, and a moving prescence on both offense and defense.”

As hot as the Crusaders were on Thursday in the win at Loyola, they started just the opposite on Saturday night.  Valpo made just three of their first 14 shots from the floor, falling behind 17-10 following five straight points by the Flames’ Shameia Green.

Agnieszka Kulaga (Tarnow, Poland/I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace H.S.) snapped an eight-minute scoring drough from the floor with a three-pointer and Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) followed with a three-point play inside to bring the Crusaders within one.

A 10-foot jumper by Kulaga at the 3:05 mark gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game, capping an 8-0 Valpo run.

UIC finished the half with a flourish though, and a jumper at the horn by Kristin Petrinec gave the Flames a 23-20 advantage at intermission.

The Flames got to the glass in the first 20 minutes, outrebounding Valpo 21-14, grabbing eight offensive boards.

An Aimee Litka (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) brought Valpo to within two, 27-25, with 17:52 to play, but that would be as close as the Crusaders would get the rest of the way.

UIC went on a 17-6 run with Miller scoring 10 of the points as the Flames built a 13-point lead with 10:25 to play.  The Crusaders were able to get back within eight, 46-38, with just under eight minutes to play, but could not get any closer the rest of the way.

Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) led the Crusaders with 17 points while tying her career high with nine rebounds.  The senior guard also dished out four assists on the night.  Kulaga added 14 points as the only other player for Valpo to tally double figures.

“We need to play with greater energy,” added Freeman.  “They won all of the intangibles.  We didn’t compete at the level we needed to compete at.”

Miller finished 9-of-16 from the floor and also dished out six assists without committing a turnover for UIC (13-10, 7-5 Horizon).  Green added 13 points while Meghan Hutchens scored 10 points and had seven boards.

The Flames outrebounded Valpo 41-31 for the game, grabbing 12 offensive boards on the night.

Valparaiso (12-11, 7-6) will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday evening to begin their final homestand of the season hosting Chicago State.  Tip-off in the final non-conference tilt of the season, and the first of four straight games at the ARC is set for 7:05 p.m. with all of the action carried live on the Horizon League Network and on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).

Game Notes: Kulaga moved into a tie for 17th all-time at Valpo with 876 career points, matching Michelle Russell (1991-1994) … Hochstetler now has 325 career assists … Valpo leads the all-time series 18-12  … the Crusaders had won the last seven straight meetings prior to Saturday night.

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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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