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Tabitha Gerardot had her fourth collegiate double-double on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot had her fourth collegiate double-double on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) registered a double-double and Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) added 16 points, but Chicago State place four players in double figures as the Cougars topped Valparaiso 72-67 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Gerardot matched her career-high with 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while playing 38 minutes and Adams connected four times from three-point range for the Crusaders.

Chicago State rallied from a 13-point second half deficit though, and scored the game’s final eight points over the final 3:29 to earn its first win ever at the ARC.

“I’m terribly disappointed in our defense,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “When we score 67 points we need to win the game.  It comes down to two things: one, our inability to box out and two, us taking care of the basketball.”

Early on it was the Crusaders that fought back from a deficit of its own as the Cougars raced out to a 14-6 lead just six minutes into the game.  Back-to-back triples by Gerardot and Adams helped pull Valpo within two and the Crusaders eventually tied the game at 20 on a layup by Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.).

The Cougars retook the lead heading down the stretch of the first half, but an Adams triple at the buzzer tied the game for the fifth time, this time at 31 heading into the break.

Valpo came out on fire the first six minutes of the second half, scoring 19 of the first 25 points to take a 50-37 lead with 14:03 to play in the contest.  Gerardot scored nine of her 17 points during the run.

“I thought we did a good job coming out at halftime ready to play,” Freeman added.  “Rashida Ray (Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding H.S.) did a good job early in that second half making good decisions and scoring a couple of baskets.”

Back-to-back threes by Janay Dockery and Tressa Beckel helped pull the Cougars within five though, 50-45 with just under 11 minutes to play, and the game was tight the rest of the way.

A 10-1 Chicago State run gave the Cougars their first advantage of the second half, 61-59, with 6:51 left before Valpo retook the lead 67-64 with 4:18 to play.  From there, the Crusaders were unable to score the rest of the way.

A Dockery three tied the game at 67 at the 3:29 mark and her two free throws put Chicago State on top a possession later.

Neither team scored for nearly three minutes, and the Crusaders had a chance to tie in the final 30 seconds, but an Adams floater rimmed out and Valpo was forced to foul.

Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) added nine points for the Crusaders, but was in foul trouble in the second half before fouling out with 2:11 to play, while Richards dished out eight assists on the afternoon.

“With Gina picking up her fourth foul, she was not on the floor to guard Beckel for a period of time and Beckel caused us some problems during that stretch,” Freeman added. 

Beckel led Chicago State (4-6) with 18 points and nine rebounds while Courtney Waldon added 16 points and five assists.  Dockery had 15 points and eight boards as well for the Cougars.

Valpo committed 16 turnovers on the afternoon, including 10 in the first half and was outrebounded by the Cougars 44-39.

“I think part of it is it is sloppy play,” Freeman concluded.  “We as a team have to be tougher with the ball and in boxing out.”

Valparaiso (2-8) will close out its three game homestand on Monday evening, hosting #17/16 Notre Dame at the ARC.  Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. on Pack the House night.  The first 500 fans will receive a free Valpo beanie hat.

Game Notes: Gerardot now has four double-doubles during her freshman campaign … she led the Crusaders in scoring for the third time this year and the second straight game … Gerardot made 8-of-10 from the free throw line … Richards’ eight assists matched a career high set earlier this season against Coastal Carolina … Ray finished the game with seven points, matching her season high set against Cincinnati … Valpo shot 42.9% (6-of-14) from three-point range … the Cougars scored 21 points off of Valpo’s 16 turnovers … Valpo leads the all-time series 34-6 but the Cougars have won two straight meetings.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay