Spans of just under four minutes on either side of halftime proved to be the difference Monday evening as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team dropped a 77-61 decision to in-state rival Ball State at the ARC.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will spend its first night in a hotel in over a month on Tuesday before competing in the final road game of the nonconference schedule on Wednesday at Purdue Fort Wayne. The last time Valpo spent a night in a hotel was Friday, Nov. 16 ahead of the Saturday, Nov. 17 game against St. Francis Brooklyn in Morehead, Ky. Valpo has played four of five at home with the lone road game being a one-day trip to Chicago State on Nov. 29.
Close games have been the norm for the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team this season. Sunday was yet another day where the game was still hanging in the balance when the public address announcer bellowed the words, “one minute – one minute remaining.” North Dakota State edged the hosts for a 51-48 win – the seventh time in 10 games Valpo has played a game decided by six points or fewer.
After a week off from competition during the final exam period, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns to action at the ARC on Monday evening as Valpo welcomes in-state rival Ball State. Valpo has won the last five matchups on its home court against the Cardinals.
The lengthy list of professional players produced by the Valparaiso University men’s soccer program added a new name on Friday as Rafael Mentzingen (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Bryan) signed a professional contract with Lansing Ignite, a founding member of USL League One, pending league and federation approval.
Check out the latest edition of Valpo Basketball Weekly, as Todd Ickow and head coach Matt Lottich look back at a busy stretch of games over the last few weeks and look ahead to Monday's home matchup at the ARC against Ball State and the half-price ticket special for the game with the Cardinals.
Five individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 26. Jackie Thomas ’09 Goebel, Wally Hanas ’84, Jeff Horton ’08, Taylor Root ’14 Lopez and posthumous inductee Wally Gilbert ’22 comprise the 22nd class in Hall of Fame history.
Fans can enjoy one of Indiana’s great in-state rivalries for as little as $5 a ticket, as the Valparaiso University athletics department is offering half-price tickets when the men’s basketball team hosts Ball State next Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
After a week off from game action to focus on completing finals, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will compete on its home floor once again on Sunday. North Dakota State will be in town as Valpo continues a home-heavy nonconference slate at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team connected on 15 3-pointers Saturday evening, perhaps none bigger than a triple from junior Ryan Fazekas (Chesterton, Ind./Marquette Catholic [Providence]) which broke a tie with three minutes to play and gave Valpo the lead for good as it defeated George Washington in Washington, D.C. by an 82-79 final.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team ran into a high-level MAC foe on Saturday afternoon as Miami (Ohio) enjoyed a 68-47 victory at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The visiting RedHawks, a team that reached the WNIT a year ago, leaned on a quality third quarter to pull away from the hosts in the last game before finals week for both teams.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Saturday afternoon as it travels to Washington, D.C. to face off against George Washington. It is the first time Valpo and GW have matched up since the 2016 NIT championship game.
One of the most successful seasons in program history came to a close for the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Thursday evening in New Orleans, La., as Tulane defeated Valpo in the quarterfinals of the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship, 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20). Despite Thursday’s defeat, Valpo still closes the season tied for the second-most wins in a year in program history with 27, including the program’s first-ever postseason victories, and set a new NCAA record in the 25-point era for digs in a season.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer player Dylan Waugaman (Houston, Texas / Friendswood [Oregon State]) received a high honor on Thursday as he was named a second-team Google Cloud Academic All-American by CoSIDA.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as Miami (Ohio) comes to the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 1 p.m. tip time. Head coach Mary Evans is quite familiar with the RedHawks, as this team beat Ohio three times last year including a two-point game in the MAC Tournament while Evans was an assistant for the Bobcats. Now, Valpo will look to find a way to knock off a quality MAC opponent that is off to a strong start this season. This will be the program’s annual ugly sweater game, so fans are encouraged to sport their ugliest holiday sweater. In addition, the game will be a “study break” – all students will receive free pizza and there will be a contest for the ugliest sweater.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team looks to continue the best postseason run in program history on Thursday evening as it takes to the court in Bayou Country, facing off against Tulane in New Orleans in a quarterfinal match in the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.