Valparaiso University Beacons Men’s Basketball Schedule
OCT. 29 CEDARVILLE (EXHIBITION) NOON
Nov. 7 at Toledo 6 p.m.
NOV. 13 WESTERN MICHIGAN 4 P.M.
Nov. 16 at Chicago State 7 p.m.
NOV. 19 INCARNATE WORD 7 P.M. Nov. 23 at Samford TBD
Nov. 25 vs South Dakota State ▲ 12:30 p.m. Nov. 27 vs James Madison ▲ 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at Belmont ● 7 p.m.
DEC. 4 MURRAY STATE ● 1 P.M.
DEC. 6 TRINITY CHRISTIAN 7 P.M. Dec. 10 at Ole Miss 2 p.m.
DEC. 18 ELON 1 P.M.
DEC. 21 STONEHILL NOON
Dec. 29 at Drake ● 8 p.m.
JAN. 1 INDIANA STATE ● TBD
JAN. 4 UNI ● 6 P.M. Jan. 7 at Bradley ● TBD
JAN. 10 BELMONT ● 6 P.M. Jan. 14 at Evansville ● TBD
JAN. 17 UIC ● 6 P.M. Jan. 21 at Illinois State ● TBD
Jan. 25 at UNI ● 7 p.m.
JAN. 28 EVANSVILLE ● 6 P.M. Feb. 1 at Missouri State ● 7 p.m. Feb. 4 Drake ● TBD
Feb. 8 at Indiana State ● 6 p.m.
FEB. 11 ILLINOIS STATE ● TBD
FEB. 14 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ● 6 P.M. Feb. 19 at UIC ● TBD
FEB. 22 BRADLEY ● 6 P.M. Feb. 26 at Murray State ● TBD March 2–5 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 Hostilo Community Classic (Savannah, Ga.)
Valparaiso University Beacons Women’s Basketball Schedule
Nov. 7 at Central Michigan 6 p.m. NOV. 12 SOUTHERN MISS NOON NOV. 16 EASTERN ILLINOIS NOON NOV. 21 UAB 6 P.M. Nov. 27 at Northwestern 2 p.m. DEC. 2 BOWLING GREEN 6 P.M. DEC. 7 WESTERN MICHIGAN 6 P.M. Dec. 9 at Western Illinois 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at Wisconsin 4 p.m. Dec. 30 at Belmont ● 6:30 p.m. Jan. 1 at Murray State ● 2 p.m. JAN. 5 EVANSVILLE ● 6 P.M. JAN. 7 INDIANA STATE ● 1 P.M. Jan. 11 at UIC ● 7 p.m. JAN. 14 MISSOURI STATE ● 1 P.M. Jan. 19 at UNI ● 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Drake ● 2 p.m. JAN. 27 ILLINOIS STATE ● 6 P.M. JAN. 29 BRADLEY ● 1 P.M. FEB. 1 UIC ● 6 P.M. Feb. 4 at Southern Illinois ● 2 p.m. FEB. 10 DRAKE ● 6 P.M. FEB. 12 UNI ● 1 P.M. Feb. 17 at Indiana State ● 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at Evansville ● 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at Bradley ● 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Illinois State ● 4 p.m.
MARCH 2 MURRAY STATE ● 6 P.M. MARCH 4 BELMONT ● 1 P.M. March 9–12 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. Hometown/High School [Prev. School]
1 Cam Palesse G 6-5 195 R-Fr. Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha West
2 Preston Ruedinger G 6-2 185 So. Oshkosh, Wis./Lourdes Academy
3 Connor Barrett G/F 6-6 205 Jr.* Chicago/Loyola Academy
4 Darius DeAveiro G 6-0 170 So. Kanata, Ottawa, Canada/Orangeville Prep
5 Nick Edwards G 6-1 170 5th Atlanta, Ga./Grayson [Glenville State]
11 Emil Freese-Vilien C 6-10 240 Sr.* Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergarden Gymnasium
12 Ibra Bayu F 6-8 200 Fr. Flevoland, The Netherlands/Perkiomen
13 Maxiums Nelson F 6-8 215 Fr Appleton, Wis./Appleton North
14 Quinton Green G 6-7 185 6th Columbus, Ohio/Homeschool [Cedarville]
15 Luke Morrill G 6-2 195 Sr.* Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic
20 Joe Vick F 6-1 190 Fr. Kouts, Ind./Kouts
23 Ben Krikke F 6-9 235 Sr.* Edmonton, Alberta, Canada/Jasper Place
32 Joe Hedstrom C 7-0 240 R-Sr.* Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins [Wisconsin]
33 Jerome Palm F 6-10 220 Jr.* Almere, The Netherlands/Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]
35 Kobe King G 6-4 195 5th La Cross, Wis./La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]
*–additional year of eligibility available due to COVID-19.
Head Coach: Matt Lottich (Stanford, 2004) – 7th season
Associate Head Coach: Luke Gore (Bethel [Tenn.], 2001) – 21st season
Assistant Coaches: Rob Holloway (Eastern Illinois, 2005) – 5th season and Matt Bowen (Indiana, 1995) – 5th season, 2nd stint
Director of Basketball Operations: Peter Funk (Valparaiso, 2019) – 2nd season as DOBO, 4th on staff
Graduate Assistant: Tevonn Walker (Valparaiso, 2017) – 1st season
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#1 CAM PALESSE 6–5
| G | R-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
• Selected to the 2021-2022 MVC All-Freshman Team
• Joined the program as a nonscholarship player as a freshman, but earned a full scholarship for his sophomore season
• Was the only player in the nation with 30 or more assists and fewer than 10 turnovers last season
#3 CONNOR BARRETT 6–6 | G/F | Jr.
• Played in 18 games and made 13 starts as a rookie before missing time with an injury
• Saw action in 13 games during his sophmore campaign
• Scored a season-high nine points and knocked down three 3s on Nov. 22, 2021 vs Jacksonville State in Nassau, The Bahamas
#4 DARIUS DEAVEIRO 6–0 | G | So.
• Dished out 50 assists against just 24 turnovers during his freshman season
• Finished the season as one of two freshmen nationally (joining Youngstown State’s Luke Chicone) with 50 or more assists and fewer than 25 turnovers and was the only player in the MVC to achieve that feat
• Father David is the former head coach at McGill University in Montreal and has a long-standing relationship with the Valpo coaching staff
#5 NICK EDWARDS 6–1 | G | 5th
• Posted a triple-double of 19 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds in a game last season while playing for Glenville State
• Averaged 17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per contest last year at Glenville State
• Started his career with junior college seasons at Northwest Mississippi CC and Palm Beach State before two years at Glenville State
#11 EMIL FREESE-VILIEN 6–10 | C | Sr.
• Appeared in nine total games over the last two seasons while battling injuries and medical ailments
• Logged time in 16 games and averaged 6.6 minutes per contest while totally 16 points, four blocked shots, five assists, and 15 rebounds (six offensive boards) during his rookie campaign in 2019-2020
• Began playing basketball at age 14 after playing badminton growing up
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6–8 | F | Fr.
• The Netherlands native spent three years in the United States playing high school basketball prior to his arrival at Valpo
• Played soccer during his youth but was advised to try basketball at age 10 during a gym class
• Watched several NCAA Tournament games during his freshman year in The Netherlands and began the dream of playing in March Madness
6–8 | F | Fr.
• Averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists per game as a senior in 2021-2022
• Was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection and a first-team all-state pick following his senior season
• Holds 10 records at Appleton North
#14 QUINTON GREEN 6–7 | G | 6th
• Spent five years at Cedarville before coming to Valpo as a graduate transfer
• Earned All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference honors in each of his final three seasons at Cedarville
• Finished with over 1,288 points in his four seasons of action
#15 LUKE MORRILL
6–2 | G | Sr.
• In his fourth season in the program as a walk-on
• Computer engineering major who enjoys fishing and wake surfing
#20 JOE VICK
6–1 | F | Fr.
• Walk-on who helped his high school team at Kouts finish as the Class A state runners-up in 2021
• His mother Julie is the administrative assistant for Valpo basketball
#23 BEN KRIKKE 6–9
| F | Sr.
• Named to the All-MVC First Team prior to the 20222023 season after earning third team all-conference honors each of the last two seasons
• Enters the season with 974 career points, 26 away from 1,000
• One of three players in the MVC to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor and 80 percent or better from the free-throw line last season
#32 JOE HEDSTROM 7–0 | C | R-Jr.
• Spent his first three seasons at Wisconsin before joining the Beacons last season
• Appeared in 14 games during his first year with the Brown & Gold
• Averaged 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
PALM 6–10 | F | Jr.
• Averaged 9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in 25 contests in 2021-2022 while playing at Hillsborough
• Began his collegiate career in 2020-2021 at Daytona State
• Competed for the championship-winning Netherlands national team in the 2021 3x3 national tournament
#35 KOBE KING 6–4 | G | 5th
• Named to the 2021-2022 MVC All-Newcomer team before earning a place on the 2022-2023 Preseason All-MVC Third Team
• Had a three-quarters court buzzer beater on Dec. 11, 2021 vs. Charlotte, a play that ranked No. 9 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays that evening
• Averaged 14.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in his first season at Valpo after starting his collegiate career at Wisconsin
Valparaiso University Beacons Women’s Basketball
# Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown/High School [Prev. School]
1 Emma Tecca G 5-10 R-Jr. Tallamadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban [Akron]
2 Olivia Brown G 5-8 Sr. East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids (St. Bonaventure]
3 Ava Interrante G 5-9 Jr. McHenry, Ill./McHenry
4 Ilysse Pitts G 5-7 5th* Aurora, Ill./Montini Catholic
11 Ali Saunders G 5-10 Fr. Depauw, Ind./North Harrison
20 Katie Beyer F 6-1 So. McHenry, Ill./McHenry
22 Leah Earnest G/F 5-10 Jr. Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH
25 Ella Van Weelden F 6-1 R-Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Marion
30 Lovie Malone G/F 5-10 R-Fr. Dayton, Ohio/Wayne
32 Maya Dunson G/F 5-11 5th* Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]
33 Olivia Sims G 5-9 So. Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]
41 Jayda Johnston F 6-0 Jr. Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area
*– additional year of eligibility available due to COVID-19.
Head Coach: Mary Evans (Georgia Southern, 2000) – 5th season
Assistant Coaches: Emily Hays, Dominique Duck, and Dominique Doseck
Director of Basketball Operations: Kaylin Speedy
Graduate Assistant: Shelby Case
#1 EMMA TECCA 5-10 | G | R-Jr
• Spent the last three years at Akron, appearing in a total of 28 games
• Hit at a 45.2% clip from 3-point range in 2020-2021, one of the top single-season marks in Zips history
• Played her prep basketball at Archbishop Hoban H.S., where she was an All-Ohio Division II Honorable Mention selectino as a sophomore before injuries ended her final two seasons
#2 OLIVIA BROWN 5-8 | G | Sr
• Named to the 2021-2022 MVC All-Newcomer Team
• Averaged 6.6 points/game as she appeared in all 30 games, making 19 starts–scoring average increased to 9.5 points/game in MVC play
• Led all Valley players, connecting at a 39.8% clip from the 3-point line
#3 AVA INTERRANTE 5-9 | G | Jr
• Has appeared in 18 games in her first two seasons at Valpo
• Scored four points in last year’s MVC Tournament quarterfinal against UNI
• Earned Honorable Mention All-State honors and was a twotime All-Conference selection for McHenry [Ill.] H.S.
#4 ILYSSE PITTS 5-7 | G | 5th
• Team’s leading active returnee in career assists and steals
• Returned to action last season, appearing in the final 21 games of the season off the bench
• Led team in steals three times, including a season-best four steals in program’s first-ever win over Drake
#11 ALI SAUNDERS 5-10 | G
• Prep standout at North Harrison [Ind.] H.S. for three and a half seasons before enrolling early at Valpo for the Spring 2022 semester
• A First Team All-State selection by both Hoosier Basketball Magazine and the ICGSA as a junior
• Ranked as the #11 player in her class in the state of Indiana according to Prep Girls Hoops Indiana
#20 KATIE BEYER 6-1 | F | So
• Has appeared in six games in her first season and a half at Valpo
• Enrolled for the spring 2021 semester after a successful prep career for McHenry [Ill.] H.S.
• Led Fox Valley Conference in scoring and rebounding in 2019-2020, earning All-Area honors
#22 LEAH EARNEST 5-10 | G/F | Jr
• Started in 17 of her 30 appearance last season, averaging 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game
• Finished year 12th in the MVC in conference-only play in field goal percentage
• Scored in double figures nine times; recorded second career double-double in win at Bradley, posting 11 points and tying her career high with 10 rebounds
#25 ELLA VAN WEELDEN 6-1 | F | R-Fr
• Redshirted in her first season at Valpo
• Earned All-State honors in each of her final three seasons at Marion [Iowa] H.S., including First Team accolades as a senior
• Helped lead Marion to 84 wins over her four years, including a state title in 2018 and a championship game appearance in 2019
#30 LOVIE MALONE 5-10 | G/F | R-Fr
• Redshirted in her first season at Valpo
• A four year letterwinner for powerhouse Wayne [Ohio] H.S., which was ranked as high as #2 in the state and #21 nationally during her prep career
• A Second Team All-Conference selection as a senior, helping lead team to regional finals
#32 MAYA DUNSON 5-11 | G/F | 5th
• Appeared in all 30 games, starting six times, in 20212022, averaging 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds/game
• Led Valpo in blocked shots three times and in rebounding twice
• Had career-best game in win at Indiana State, hitting all three of her 3-point attempts and matching her career highs with 13 points–all of which came in the second half–and seven rebounds
#33 OLIVIA SIMS 5-9 | G | So
• Comes to Valpo after playing her freshman year at Oakland, where she averaged 5.4 points/game and hit at a 46.9% clip from 3-point range
• Scored in double figures four times, including a seasonbest 12 points against Michigan State and 10 points versus Michigan
• A Second Team All-State selection as a senior and a Third Team All-State choice as a junior while playing her prep basketball for Ohio powerhouse Notre Dame Academy
#41 JAYDA JOHNSTON 6-0 | F | Jr
• Has appeared in nine games in her first two seasons at Valpo
• Played her prep basketball for Roseville Area [Minn.] H.S., where she was a two-time Honorable Mention All-State honoree
• Helped team win sectional title and finish in fourth place in state as a sophomore, earning a spot on the All-State Tournament Team
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