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Valparaiso University Beacons Men’s Basketball Schedule OCT. 30 NOV. 4 NOV. 9 NOV. 13 Nov. 17 Nov. 22 Nov. 23 Nov. 24 NOV. 27 Dec. 2 Dec. 5 DEC. 7 DEC. 11 DEC. 20 DEC. 22 DEC. 28 JAN. 2 Jan. 5 JAN. 8 Jan. 11 JAN. 15 JAN. 19 Jan. 22 JAN. 26 Jan. 29 FEB. 1 FEB. 5 Feb. 9 Feb. 12 FEB. 16 Feb. 19 FEB. 23 Feb. 26 March 3–6
ASHLAND (EXHIBITION) 6 P.M. FLAGLER (EXHIBITION) 6 P.M. TOLEDO 6 P.M. UIC NOON at Stanford 7:30 p.m. vs. Coastal Carolina ▲ 7 p.m. vs. Abilene Christian/Jacksonville State ▲ TBD vs. Toledo/Tulane/Drexel/Charlotte ▲ TBD TRINITY CHRISTIAN 6 P.M. at Drake ● 8 p.m. at Western Michigan 1 p.m. EAST-WEST UNIVERSITY 6 P.M. CHARLOTTE NOON EASTERN MICHIGAN 6 P.M. WILLIAM & MARY NOON PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 6 P.M. ILLINOIS STATE ● 1 P.M. at UNI ● 8 p.m. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ● 6 P.M. at Loyola ● 8 p.m. MISSOURI STATE ● 6 P.M. UNI ● 6 P.M. at Indiana State ● Noon BRADLEY ● 6 P.M. at Southern Illinois ● 3 p.m. EVANSVILLE ● 6 P.M. INDIANA STATE ● 6 P.M. at Illinois State ● 7 p.m. at Missouri State ● 3 p.m. LOYOLA ● 7 P.M. at Evansville ● 5 p.m. DRAKE ● 6 P.M. at Bradley ● TBD Arch Madness (St. Louis)
All times Central. Men’s Basketball home games in BOLD and played at the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC). ● Indicates Missouri Valley Conference game. ▲ Indicates Nassau Championship (Nassau, The Bahamas)
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Valparaiso University Beacons Women’s Basketball Schedule NOV. 10 NOV. 14 Nov. 16 Nov. 21 Nov. 23 Nov. 29 Dec. 5 DEC. 8 Dec. 10 Dec. 19 DEC. 21 Dec. 31 Jan. 2 JAN. 7 JAN. 9 Jan. 13 Jan. 15 JAN. 21 JAN. 23 Jan. 28 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 FEB. 10 FEB. 12 Feb. 18 Feb. 20 FEB. 25 MARCH 3 MARCH 5 March 10–13
MIAMI (OHIO) 6 P.M. CENTRAL MICHIGAN 1 P.M. at Michigan State 6 p.m. at Xavier 3 p.m. at UIC 6:30 p.m. at Western Michigan 6 p.m. at Bowling Green 1 p.m. NOTRE DAME 6 P.M. at South Dakota 7 p.m. at Morehead State Noon DETROIT MERCY NOON at Southern Illinois ● 2 p.m. at Missouri State ● 1 p.m. UNI ● 6 P.M. DRAKE ● 1 P.M. at Illinois State ● 6 p.m. at Bradley ● 2 p.m. INDIANA STATE ● 6 P.M. EVANSVILLE ● 1 P.M. at Loyola ● 6 p.m. at Drake ● 6 p.m. at UNI ● 2 p.m. BRADLEY ● 6 P.M. ILLINOIS STATE ● 1 P.M. at Evansville ● 6 p.m. at Indiana State ● Noon LOYOLA ● 6 P.M. MISSOURI STATE ● 6 P.M. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ● 1 P.M. Hoops in the Heartland (Moline, Ill.)
All times Central. Women’s Basketball home games in BOLD and played at the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC). ● Indicates Missouri Valley Conference game.
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Valparaiso University Beacons Men’s Basketball # Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. 0 Thomas Kithier F 6-8 235 Sr. 1 Cam Palesse G 6-5 190 Fr. 2 Preston Ruedinger G 6-2 180 Fr. 3 Connor Barrett G/F 6-6 200 So. 4 Darius DeAveiro G 6-0 170 Fr. 5 Keyondre Young G 6-8 180 Fr. 10 Eron Gordon G 6-3 185 6th 11 Emil Freese-Vilien C 6-10 255 Jr. 12 Kevion Taylor G/F 6-6 210 5th 13 Sheldon Edwards G 6-4 180 So. 15 Luke Morrill G 6-2 195 Jr. 20 Tyler Fricke G/F 6-1 170 So. 21 Trevor Anderson G 6-3 205 6th 22 Brock Pappas F 6-4 235 Sr. 23 Ben Krikke F 6-9 235 Jr. 32 Joe Hedstrom C 7-0 240 R-Jr. 33 Trey Woodyard F 6-6 190 Fr. 35 Kobe King G 6-4 205 Sr.
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#0 THOMAS KITHIER 6-8 | F | Sr. • T ransfer who spent the last three seasons at Michigan State, where his team reached the Final Four as a freshman • Appeared in 26 games and made 14 starts during his final season in East Lansing, bringing his Michigan State career totals to 86 games and 19 starts • I s an avid Detroit Lions fan and can name every player on the roster
#1 CAM PALESSE 6–5 | G | Fr. • Named Senior Wing Award Winner by the Wisconsin Sports Network following his final prep season • Selected as a two-time high school all-conference honoree • Named to Team Wisconsin following his senior campaign
#2 PRESTON RUEDINGER 6-2 | G | So. • N amed an Associated Press First Team All-State Selection in 2020-2021 • L ed Lourdes to its first WIAA state championship by averaging 25.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, five assists and 2.5 steals per game • T hird Team All-State choice as a junior in 2019-2020 after averaging 27.2 points per game
#3 CONNOR BARRETT 6-6 | G/F | So. • P layed in 18 games and made 13 starts as a rookie before missing time with an injury • S cored 6.5 points and pulled down 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 77.8 percent from the foul line and ranked second on the team by shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in 2020-2021 • S cored in double figures six times and made three or more 3-pointers on five occasion during his first collegiate campaign
#4 DARIUS DEAVEIRO 6–0 | G | Fr. • H elped his team to Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) championships in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and earned 2020 Academy Defensive Player of the Year • R eceived First Team All-State status at the 2019 Canadian National Championships while leading his team to a silver medal • F ather David is the former head coach at McGill University in Montreal and has a long-standing relationship with the Valpo coaching staff
#5 KEYONDRE YOUNG 6-8 | G | Fr. • N amed the Super 5 Player of the Year by the Oklahoman following his senior season in 2020-2021 • S cored 26 points in the 6A Oklahoma state championship game to lead Del City to its first basketball state title since 1980, a 47-44 win over Edmond Memorial
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#10 ERON GORDON 6-3 | G | 6th • E arned the 2020-2021 Valparaiso University Male Unsung Hero Award, part of the University’s ARC Awards • A ppeared in all 28 games last season and made 26 starts while ranking second on the team in minutes per game at 29.0 • L ed the team in rebounding 11 times in 2020-2021 after he did not pace the squad in rebounding at all the previous seasonin the final five seconds of a conference tournament or postseason game since 1992–1993, joining Ryan Broekhoff (2013 vs. Green Bay) and Bryce Drew (1998 vs. Ole Miss).
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#11 EMIL FREESE-VILIEN 6-10 | C | Jr. • A ppeared in two games while battling injuries over the course of the 2020-2021 season • L ogged time in 16 games and averaged 6.6 minutes per contest while totaling 16 points, four blocked shots, five assists and 15 rebounds (six offensive boards) during his rookie campaign in 2019-2020 • B egan playing basketball at age 14 after playing badminton growing up
#12 KEVION TAYLOR 6-4 | G/F | 5th • H it a program-record 109 3-pointers during the 20192020 season at Winona State, good for a 39.6 percent clip from behind the arc
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• F inished his Winona State career with 1,632 points, cracking the Top 10 in program history • S tarted 2020-2021 as the NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year and finished it as a First Team All-NSIC choice
#13 SHELDON EDWARDS 6-4 | G | So. • N amed to the 2020-2021 MVC All-Freshman Team • S cored 8.1 points per game while averaging 2.9 rebounds and knocking down a team-most 36 3-pointers last season • S lammed home a thunderous dunk in the Feb. 7, 2021 triumph over Drake that ranked No. 7 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays
#15 LUKE MORRILL 6-2 | G | Jr. • In his third season in the program as a walk-on • Computer engineering major who enjoys fishing and wake surfing
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#20 TYLER FRICKE 6-1 | G/F | So. • In his second season in the program as a walk-on • F ather Scott coached Valpo head coach Matt Lottich at New Trier High School during Lottich’s playing days • Brother Zach is a pitcher for the Valpo baseball team
#21 TREVOR ANDERSON 6-3 | G | 6th • S pent the last four years at Wisconsin after starting his collegiate career at Green Bay • A ppeared in 29 games last season and all 31 games for a 2019-2020 Badgers team that won the Big Ten regular season title • S cored 9.8 points per game as a freshman at Green Bay in 2016-2017
#22 BROCK PAPPAS 6-4 | F | Sr. • In his third season in the program as a walk-on • N ursing major who wants to become a pediatric nurse and hopes to one day work at Riley Children’s Hospital
#23 BEN KRIKKE 6-9 | F | Jr. • E arned MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, MVC MostImproved Team and All-MVC Third Team, the only player in the conference to receive all three honors in 2020-2021 • Also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, one of six honorees in District 5 spanning the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio • B ecame just the third Valpo player in the last 25 years with a 25-point, 15-rebound game on Jan. 24, 2021 at Illinois State
#32 JOE HEDSTROM 7-0 | C | R-Jr. • Spent the last three seasons at Wisconsin • A ppeared in nine games during his third year on Wisconsin’s campus in 2020-2021 • A veraged 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a senior at Hopkins High School, helping the Royals to a record of 26-2 and a final national rank of No. 38
#33 TREY WOODYARD 6-6 | F | Fr. • P oured in 15.7 points per game as a junior at London High School while averaging 4.7 assists, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks • A two-time first team all-conference honoree in high school • M aintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, earning a place on the honor roll every year
#35 KOBE KING 6-4 | G | Sr. • S tarted his collegiate career with three seasons at Wisconsin and did not play college basketball last season
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Valparaiso University Beacons Women’s Basketball # Name Pos. Ht. Yr. 1 Grace White G/F 5-10 5th 2 Olivia Brown G 5-8 Jr. 3 Ava Interrante G 5-9 So. 4 Ilysse Pitts G 5-7 Sr. 5 Shay Frederick G 5-7 Sr. 11 Molly Sheehan G 5-8 Fr. 12 Syria Butler G 5-6 So. 15 Carie Weinman G 5-9 R-Sr. 20 Katie Beyer F 6-1 Fr. 21 Cara VanKempen G/F 6-0 Jr. 22 Leah Earnest G/F 5-10 So. 23 Lauren Gunn G/F 5-9 So. 25 Ella Van Weelden F 6-1 Fr. 30 Lovie Malone G/F 5-10 Fr. 32 Maya Dunson G/F 5-11 Sr. 40 Caitlin Morrison F 6-2 6th 41 Jayda Johnston F 6-0 So.
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Head Coach: Mary Evans (Georgia Southern, 2000) – 4th season Assistant Coaches: Mark Schwitzgable, Emily Hays, and Dominique Duck Director of Basketball Operations: Dominique Doseck Graduate Assistants: Sheahen Dowling and Madeline Dailey Associate Director of Sports Performance: Trent Smart
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#1 GRACE WHITE 5-10 | G/F | 5th • S tarted all 22 games she appeared in last season, averaging 11.1 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game • R anked fourth in the MVC in steals, seventh in free throw percentage, eighth in blocked shots and 10th in rebounding • L ed Valpo in scoring four times, including 17 points in the win at Illinois, 20 points in the win at Purdue and 23 points in the win over Xavier — her high in a Valpo uniform
#2 OLIVIA BROWN 5–8 | G | Jr. • C omes to Valpo after playing her first two collegiate seasons at St. Bonaventure, averaging 7.2 points per game • S cored in double figures 12 times for the Bonnies; shot 38.2% from 3-point range in 2020-2021, good for eighth in the Atlantic 10 • P layed high school basketball for East Grand Rapids [Mich.] H.S., where she was a two-time Honorable Mention All-State performer
#3 AVA INTERRANTE 5-9 | G | So. • M ade 10 appearances as a freshman for Valpo in 20202021, averaging 5.1 minutes/game • S cored season-high four points and handed out two assists against Evansville • Was a two-time All-Conference honoree for McHenry [Ill.] H.S.
#4 ILYSSE PITTS 5-7 | G | Sr. • Appeared in just one game in 2020-2021 for Valpo, playing 10 minutes in the win at Illinois • Saw action in 28 games off the bench in 2019-2020 as a sophomore, averaging 15 minutes per game • R anked third on the team with 52 assists and led Valpo in assists on five occasions
#5 SHAY FREDERICK 5-7 | G | Sr. • A First Team All-MVC honoree as a junior in 2020-2021, started all 25 games • Led MVC in assists (4.7/game) and ranked sixth in scoring (14.5 points/game) • Ranked third in the MVC in 3-pointers, fourth in assist/ TO ratio, fifth in 3-point percentage and sixth in steals • Enters 2021-2022 sixth in program history in career free throw percentage, seventh in assists and 10th in 3-point percentage
#11 MOLLY SHEEHAN 5-8 | G | Fr. • E nrolled mid-year for the spring 2021 semester and saw action in nine games, scoring 15 points • P layed her final two seasons of prep basketball for powerhouse Benet Academy [Ill.], which ranked as high as #14 nationally in her time there • A n Honorable Mention All-Area honoree for the Redwings in 2019-2020
#12 SYRIA BUTLER 5–6 | G | Fr. • Appeared in one game as a freshman in 2020-2021, seeing action in the win over Evansville • Played her high school basketball at Thornton [Ill.] H.S., where she earned All-Conference honors • Averaged 15 points and five assists per game as a high school senior
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• Saw action in all 25 games in 2020-2021 as a freshman, averaging 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game
• A veraged 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game
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#20 KATIE BEYER 6-1 | F | Fr. • E nrolled mid-year for the spring 2021 semester and saw action in one game, appearing in the win over Evansville • Played her high school basketball at McHenry [Ill.] H.S., where she was an All-Area honoree in 2019-2020 • Averaged a conference-best 17.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in 2019-2020
#21 CARA VanKEMPEN 6-0 | G/F | Jr. • P layed in all 25 games for Valpo in 2020-2021, averaging 3.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game • Averaged 10.3 points in Valpo’s trio of games against Big Ten opponents, including a career-high 12 points at Wisconsin on four 3-pointers • S cored 10 points in the win at Purdue and tallied nine points and six rebounds in the win at Illinois
#22 LEAH EARNEST 5-10 | G/F | So. • A ppeared in 23 games in her first season at Valpo in 20202021, averaging 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game • D ebuted with 10 rebounds at Bowling Green, just the second Valpo freshman in the last 25 years to reach double figures in rebounds in her debut • S cored a season-best 11 points in returning to her home state at Wisconsin
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#25 ELLA VAN WEELDEN 6–1 | F | Fr. • A four-year letterwinner at Marion [Iowa] H.S. • E arned All-State honors in each of her final three seasons, including First Team accolades from the IPSWA as a senior • Helped lead team to 84 wins over her four years, including a state championship in 2018 and a state title game appearance in 2019
#30 LOVIE MALONE 5-10 | G/F | Fr. • A four-year letterwinner for powerhouse Wayne [Ohio] H.S., which was ranked as high as #2 in the state of Ohio and #21 nationally in her time there • A Second Team All-Conference selection as a senior; Honorable Mention All-Conference as a junior • T eam captured conference titles in each of her final two seasons and advanced to regional finals her senior year
#32 MAYA DUNSON 5-11 | G/F | Sr. • A mid-year enrollee for the spring 2021 semester, appeared in 18 games and scored a season-high nine points in win over Evansville • P layed one and a half seasons for Loyola, where she posted a career-best 13 points in back-to-back games in the 2019 MVC Tournament • P layed her high school basketball for Wayne [Ohio] H.S., where she earned All-League accolades twice
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#40 CAITLIN MORRISON 6–2 | F | 6th • Started all 25 games for Valpo in 2020-2021, averaging 9.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game • Led the team and ranked fifth in the MVC with 26 blocked shots; enters 2021-2022 season fourth in program history in career blocks • Scored in double figures 11 times last season, including a career-high 21 points in a win at Illinois State
#41 JAYDA JOHNSTON 6-0 | F | So.
• Appeared in five games in her freshman year at Valpo in 2020-2021, scoring one point and grabbing two rebounds • C ame to Valpo from Roseville Area [Minn.] H.S., where she was a two-time Honorable Mention All-State choice • Helped Raiders win the sectional title and finish in fourth place at state as a sophomore, earning a spot on the AllState Tournament Team
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