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 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 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 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.
For the second straight game, the Valparaiso University women’s basketball team found a way to pull off a dramatic, tight victory on Sunday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. After Eastern Illinois came from 13 down in the third quarter to take the lead, Valpo showed its resiliency in a dramatic 62-60 victory. The play of junior Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind. / Westview) may very well have been the biggest factor in the outcome, as she poured in 21 points on the best day of her Valpo career.
The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team will attempt to make it back-to-back victories and register its first home win of the year on Sunday as Eastern Illinois comes to the Athletics-Recreation Center. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. as the back end of a men’s-women’s double header that starts with the Valpo men hosting UC Riverside at 1 p.m.