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Valpo Women Open Three-Game Homestand Wednesday Hosting Indiana-Northwest
Shaquira Scott averaged eight points per game last weekend at the Omni Hotels Classic. (Ray Acevedo)
Shaquira Scott averaged eight points per game last weekend at the Omni Hotels Classic. (Ray Acevedo)
Indiana-Northwest (1-7)
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Valparaiso (1-5)
11/30/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 514
1st2ndFinal
Indiana-Northwest173047
Valparaiso413980
Stats at a GlanceIUNVALPO
FG Percentage.279 (17-61) .448 (30-67)
3P FG Percentage.111 (2-18) .261 (6-23)
FT Percentage.917 (11-12) .583 (14-24)
Offensive Rebounds1322
Defensive Rebounds2131
Total Rebounds3453
Turnovers1917
Steals119
Bench Points2229
Statistical LeadersIUNVALPO
PointsHOUSTON - 18
GERARDOT - 19
ReboundsHOUSTON - 9
GERARDOT - 10
VARNER - 10
LADD - 10
AssistsKELLER - 2
GROSS - 2
WILLS - 2
HICKENBOTTOM - 2
CARR - 6
LADD - 6
StealsHOUSTON - 3
CARR - 4
BlocksHOUSTON - 3
RICHARDS - 2

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Valparaiso (0-5, 0-0 Horizon)
Game #6: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST
vs. Indiana-Northwest (1-7, NAIA Independent)
Athletics-Recretation Center (5,000) - Valparaiso, Ind.

Upcoming in Crusader Basketball: Valparaiso returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday evening to begin a three-game homestand as the Crusaders take on Indiana-Northwest.  All three home games will take place during the next seven days as the Crusaders look to pick up their first victory of the season while continuing the non-conference portion of their schedule.

On the Air: Wednesday’s game will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at valpoathletics.com.  Dave Caulfield and Mike Pudlow will call all of the action live from the Athletics-Recreation Center.  The game can also be seen live online through valpoathletics.com as part of the Horizon League Network.  Live stats will be available through valpoathletics.com for all games this season as well.

Head Coach Keith Freeman: In his 18th season on the Valparaiso bench, Keith Freeman has a 276-231 (.544) record at the helm of the Brown and Gold.  In his 23rd season overall, Freeman has a 405-278 (.593) career mark.  He is Valpo’s all-time winningest coach and has amassed more than half of the victories in the program’s history.

Series Notes: Valparaiso and Indiana-Northwest are meeting on the hardwood for the first time ever.  The only Indiana branch campus (other than the main campus) schools that the Crusaders have faced are Indiana-South Bend (1998) and Indiana-Southeast (1987), both of which resulted in Valparaiso victories.

Wrapping Up Montana State: Valparaiso fell behind by double figures twice and rallied to take the lead on Saturday evening, but a final 14-0 run by the Bobcats proved to be too much as Montana State defeated the Crusaders 71-55 in the consolation game of the Omni Hotels Classic.  Tabitha Gerardot recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Valpo while Mallory Ladd added a career-high 16 points and grabbed nine boards.  Valpo could not overcome 19.4% shooting from the floor in the second half though, despite outrebounding the Bobcats 48-38 on the night.  Katie Bussey led Montana State with 21 points, scoring 17 before  intermission.  Ashley Albert added 18 points for the Bobcats.

Scouting Indiana-Northwest: The Redhawks have dropped three straight games following a 75-63 setback against Purdue-Calumet on the road Saturday afternoon.  Indiana-Northwest is still looking for its first victory outside of Gary, Ind.  Sharon Houston leads the Redhawks averaging 19.0 points and 17.0 rebounds per game.  She missed six games earlier this season, but returned on Saturday to post 18 points, 18 boards, and seven blocks against Purdue-Calumet.  Ashley Parish adds 13.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per night while adding 2.3 blocks per contest.  Indiana-Northwest is averaging 25.9 turnovers per contest this year.

Gerardot Garners All-Tournament Team Accolades: Tabitha Gerardot was named to the Omni Hotels Classic All-Tournament Team following her efforts last weekend against Colorado and Montana State.  The sophomore forward averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest while shooting 57.1% (8-of-14) from the floor in Boulder, Colo.

10th Career Double-Double for Gerardot: Tabitha Gerardot notched her first double-double of the season and 10th of her Valpo career last Saturday night against Montana State.  The sophomore scored 13 points and shared team-high honors with 10 rebounds against the Bobcats.  Gerardot is third on the Crusader squad in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 8.8 points and 6.0 boards per contest.  She has scored at least seven points in all five games this year.

Who’s in the Lineup Tonight?: Due to injuries and illnesses this season, only five Crusaders have appeared in all five games thus far this season.  Gina Lange, Tabitha Gerardot, and Ashley Varner have started each contest, while Mallory Ladd and Shaquira Scott each have seen the floor in all five games as well.

Ladd Fills the Basket: Mallory Ladd tallied a career-high 16 points for the Crusaders on Saturday against Montana State.  The freshman went 5-of-12 from the floor, making a triple as well, and connected on 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.  The rookie has scored nine or more points in four of the five games this year, including double figures three times.  She is second on the team in scoring averaging 10.0 points per contest.

She Also Rebounds Well: In addition to scoring, Mallory Ladd is having a solid start on the glass for Valpo.  She pulled down nine rebounds in the loss against the Bobcats on Saturday and has grabbed nine or more boards three times already on the young season.  She is second on the team grabbing 7.4 rebounds per night.

More Rebounding: Ashley Varner has also cleaned the glass for the Crusaders, grabbing seven or more rebounds in all five contests this season.  on Saturday against Montana State, the fifth-year senior pulled down 10 rebounds, one off of her career high of 11 set against Colorado State on Nov. 22, 2009.  Varner missed all of last season with an ACL injury but leads the team with 8.4 boards per game this year.

Carr Steps in to Play Major Minutes: Freshman Jessica Carr missed the first two games of the season with an injury and had played just 35 collegiate minutes in her career prior to Saturday night against Montana State.  The rookie was forced into a starting role against the Bobcats and played 37 minutes, dishing out four assists, grabbing three rebounds, and recording a pair of steals.

Making Free Throws: Mallory Ladd ranks 64th in the country shooting 88.2% (15-of-17) from the charity stripe this season.  She ranks sixth in the Horizon League while leading Valpo this season in percentage, makes, and attempts.

More Than Just Dishing the Rock: Laura Richards leads the Crusaders with 12 assists on the season (3.0 per game) as a point guard.  The 5-9 junior has a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio, ranking third in the Horizon League, having coughed up the basketball just nine times in four games.  

Adams Seventh All-Time: Betsy Adams is in seventh place all-time in school history for three-pointers made.  She has 146 career triples, just ahead of Megan Newcomer (1996-2000).  Next up on the list in sixth place is Jamie Gutowski (2002-2006) with 151, just five ahead of Adams.  Adams is also sixth all-time with 423 career triple tries, 15 behind Katheryn Knoester (2000-2004) for a spot in the top-five on the attempts list.

Gerardot Earned Postseason Honors Last Year: Tabitha Gerardot was named to the Horizon League’s All-Newcomer Team as a rookie last season.  Gerardot had nine double-doubles as a freshman and averaged 10.7 points per game.  Her 7.4 rebounds per contest led the Crusaders.

Valpo in the Preseason Polls: Valparaiso was tabbed to finish ninth in the Horizon League this season in the preseason coaches, media, and sports information directors poll.  Green Bay was picked to win their 14th consecutive Horizon League regular season title.

Adams Named Preseason Second Team: Betsy Adams was named to the All-Horizon League Preseason Second Team  in voting done by the league’s head coaches, media members, and sports information directors.  Adams led Valpo in scoring with 12.6 points per game last season and finished fourth in the conference making 2.2 triples per contest.  She was ninth in the Horizon League making 34.9% from three-point range on the year.

Valpo Signs Three for 2012-2013: Coach Keith Freeman added three players for next year’s class that have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Brown and Gold beginning next fall.  Joining the Crusader roster in 2012-2013 are guards Abby Dean (5-10, Carmel, Ind./Carmel H.S.), Sarah Godwin (5-10, Yardley, Pa./Princeton Day H.S. [N.J.]), and Jessi Wiedemann (6-0, Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.).

Crusaders Have Co-Captains: Head coach Keith Freeman has announced that the Crusaders have co-captains for the 2011-2012 season.  Serving in that role are fifth-year senior Ashley Varner along with senior Betsy Adams.

This and That: Ashley Varner tied a career high with three steals against Montana State ... Shaquira Scott also had three thefts against the Bobcats and averaged eight points per game in the Omni Hotels Classic ... Valpo ranks 19th in the country averaging just 13.4 fouls per contest.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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