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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

 Erika Valek

[Erika Valek]
 CLASS OF: 2000
 SCHOOL: Coronado HS, TX
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 5'7 145lbs
 POSITION: Point Guard
 99-00 RATINGS: #4 (AS), #15 (FB), #23 (BS)
 ACADEMICS: Yes
 STATUS: Signed Purdue
 AAU TEAM: West Texas Flyers


PLAYER NEWS | LINKS | GAME STATS | SEASON STATS | HONORS

PLAYER NEWS

2-26-00...The clash between Erica Valek and Shereka Wright materialized on Friday night with the favorite coming away the winner. Coronado fell to the Lady Bulldogs of Copperas Cove 72-60 in the regional semifinal of the Region I-5A tournament. The key to Coronado's success this season has been their ability to force turnovers from their pressure defense, a defense that has forced as many as 40 turnovers in back-to-back games this season. At times it worked against Copperas Cove, but the aggressive defense forced Valek to sit for periods of time because of foul trouble. Valek eventually fouled out with 22 points. Wright finished with a game-high 42 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 24-of-31 shots from the freethrow line. Coronado's season ends with a record of 27-6, while Copperas Cove moves on to the Region I final against nemesis Mansfield (33-2) today (Saturday) at 1:00pm. Complete game summary: [Lubbock Online]

2-24-00...Coronado (27-5) has earned a matchup with Texas No.1 Copperas Cove by defeating Abilene Cooper 64-58. Next game: 2/25/00 vs. #1 Copperas Cove.

2-21-00...All fifteen players on the Coronado team played in a 87-51 romp over Odessa. Valek finished with a team-leading 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and seven steals. The team got a scare when Valek turned her ankle and had to be helped off the floor with five minutes remaining. She later returned to the game and scored. Coronado then faced El Paso Hanks (33-5) on Friday, defeating them 62-50. Coronado also defeated Hanks in last year's tournament by forcing 20 turnovers with relentless pressure defense. If both Coronado and Copperas Cove continue to win, the two teams will soon meet in Region I play. Next game: 2/22/00 vs. Abilene Cooper (21-9)

2-5-00...There is a lot of security in your game when you can have a bad shooting performance ut still come away with a 26 point effort. Erika shot 9 of 24 from the field, but was a perfect 8 for 8 from the line to get those 26 points. She also led the team with 8 rebounds in the 66-57 victory over Monterey. Game summary - [Lubbock Online]

1-29-00...Erika Valek had 24 points, including three 3-point goals, leading Coronado past Tascosa 81-64. Coronado used a 21 point first quarter to gain the lead and a 29 point fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Coronado is 22-4 overall, 4-1 in their district, which puts them at risk of losing a first round bye in the state tournament beginning the second week of February.

01-20-99...It was a little less than a month ago when Coronado beat Monterey by twelve points at the Caprock tournament. Yesterday, it was Monterey beating Coronado by twelve points, 85-73. Valek, who came into the game averaging 26.6 points for #4 Coronado, still got her 27 points. It just took her 29 attempts to do it this time. Coronado is now 20-4, ranked 4th in the state of Texas.

01-04-00...Coronado defeated the top ranked team in Class 1A, 72-56 behind 25 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocked shots from Valek. Coronado extended their winning streak to seven games and are now 18-2 on the season.

12-30-99...Tenacious defense was the key in taking the championship at the Caprock Tournament this week. Coronado defeated Caprock 62-50 in the final game, after also defeating Frenship 93-53 the night before. In both games Coronado forced 40 turnovers on their opponents. In the Frenship game, Coronado was able to force almost as many turnovers (40) as the total number of field goals (48) Frenship attempted in the entire game.

12-11-99...Erika Valek scored 34 points as Coronado rallied past Arlington Sam Houston 65-61 Friday at the Arlington Girls Classic. The Lady Mustangs (10-1) advance to a championship semifinal game against Dallas Bishop Lynch.

11-15-99...Purdue has received Valek's LOI, officially making her a Boilermaker. "Erika is the best pure point guard in the country," Curry says. "She is a born leader and she has a great knowledge and understanding of the definition of what a point guard is. She will give us immediate help on the perimeter and will be part of an outstanding backcourt throughout her career at Purdue."

11-10-99...Purdue has picked up the commitment of Erika Valek over hometown Texas Tech. Valek had narrowed her list to Purdue and Texas Tech, and claims to have been leaning Purdue's way since last Thursday. After a weekend visit to see a Texas Tech scrimmage, she knew Purdue was the school for her. A couple of interesting articles about her decision. The first article from LubbockOnline, talks about Curry's recruitment of her and the fact Purdue did not show interest until Curry came to Purdue. The second article, from the Journal and Courier, discusses some of the difficulties she has and will experience from having everyone around her wanting her to go to the hometown university. Valek is rated as the 4th best player in the Class of 2000 by All Star Girls Report, and is regarded as the best pure point in the class.

10-2-99...Despite the recent verbal commitment from point guard Cherrise Graham, Coronado senior point Erika Valek is still scheduled to make an official visit to Purdue October 22. Whether she follows through on that visit will depend on how things go at Texas Tech, the hometown school she will pay a visit on October 15. A hobby listed in her Nike Camp bio was spending time with her family. If that is the case, Purdue may not get a chance to have her on campus after the Tech visit. Another thing in Texas Tech's favor is the recent verbal commitment from Valek's AAU teammate Natalie Ritchie from Amarillo. The two have been friends since they were little girls, and also play on the same AAU team. Valek considers Ritchie one of her best friends, but has been used to playing against her in Texas state high school competition. The two were co-winners of this past year's Texas Distict 3-5A MVP award. If she goes along as scheduled, her final official visit will be at Texas on October 29. For some quotes from her coach, check out this article from Lubbock Online.

7-15-99...Erika Valek, a 5'6 point guard from Lubbock Texas rumored to be getting the attention of Coach Curry, has been extended an invitation to attend the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis. Click here for an article from the Lubbock Online.


LINKS
  • West Texas Flyers win AAU U.S. title
  • Flyers close in on AAU national record
  • CHS, Amarillo girls to clash for 3-5A lead
  • Monterey hopes to contain Valek
  • Young Valek leading Coronado
  • Coronado stumbles in state finals



    SINGLE GAME STATISTICS
    DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS ------------------------------------------------- 02-16-00 7 17 5 6 0 7 4 0 7 19 Won 87- Odessa 51 02-09-00 10 25 5 10 2 7 27 Lost 77- Amarillo 79 02-05-00 9 24 8 8 0 8 26 Won 66- Monterey 57 01-29-00 6 9 10 3 24 Won 81- Tascosa 64 01-19-00 10 29 27 Lost 73- Monterey 85 01-04-00 10 2 2 3 4 8 8 3 5 25 Won 72- Vega 56 12-30-99 22 Won 62- Monterey 50 12-29-99 7 27 92- Frenship 53 12-10-99 34 Won 65- Sam Houston 61 02-25-99 11 18 30 Lost 74- Midland 78 02-20-99 10 25 3 4 3 26 Won 67- Hanks 54 02-17-99 13 28 8 10 1 35 Won 73- Abilene 64 OT 01-20-99 14 21 9 9 2 39 Won 97- Monterey 71 01-09-99 8 5 6 22 Won 71- Odessa Permian 58 01-03-99 32 Won 84- Estacado 69

    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS
    Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD ------------------------------------------------------------- 01-18-00 26.6 .492 20-3 98-99 season 22.4 8.2 5.7 27-6 97-98 season 18.2 28-8 96-97 season 11.0 3.5 34-5

    AWARDS AND HONORS

    98-99 season
  • Nike All-American Camp
  • AAU National Champions
  • AAU Nationals MVP
  • All-State First Team (Texas Coaches Association)
  • District 3-5A Co-MVP

    97-98 season
  • AAU National Champions (15-under)
  • WBCA Reebok Camp
  • District 3-5A First Team
  • 5A Second Team (Texas Coaches Association)
  • All-City POY (Avalanche Journal)

    96-97 season
  • AAU National Champions (14-under)
  • District 3-5A First Team
  • All-City First Team (Avalanche Journal)
  • All-South Plains (Avalanche Journal)


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