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Valpo Falls to Detroit in Regular Season Finale
Play Video Tabitha Gerardot led Valpo with 11 points against Detroit. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot led Valpo with 11 points against Detroit. (Ray Acevedo)
Detroit (18-12, 14-4 HL)
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Valparaiso (9-20, 5-13 HL)
3/3/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 513
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Detroit252348
Valparaiso241842
Stats at a GlanceDETROITVALPO
FG Percentage.380 (19-50) .340 (17-50)
3P FG Percentage.200 (2-10) .158 (3-19)
FT Percentage.500 (8-16) .714 (5-7)
Offensive Rebounds105
Defensive Rebounds3025
Total Rebounds4030
Turnovers1211
Steals67
Bench Points112
Statistical LeadersDETROITVALPO
PointsBROWN - 20
GERARDOT - 11
ReboundsBROWN - 15
VARNER - 9
AssistsALLEN - 5
TIMMERMAN - 5
StealsALLEN - 3
RICHARDS - 4
BlocksBROWN - 3
Ashley Varner drives by a Detroit defender on Senior Day. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner drives by a Detroit defender on Senior Day. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, March 03, 2012

In a defensive battle that saw neither team lead by more than five points until the final second, Detroit came out on top of Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon 48-42 at the Athletics-Recreation Center, spoiling Senior Day for the Crusaders in the regular season finale for both schools.

“I’m really proud of the way our team battled,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “We have been very consistent in our effort for the majority of the year.”

Vapo trailed by one at halftime but took a 26-25 lead on the opening possession of the second half on a jumper by Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.).  The Crusaders extended the lead to four, 32-28, after Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) connected from 15-feet with a pull-up jumper at the 14:17 mark.

Detroit answered with six straight points to retake the lead and the game went back-and-forth until Shareta Brown scored inside and was fouled with 7:45 to play to put the Titans on top for good, 39-38, with 7:45 to play.

The visitors extended the lead to five before Lange followed with a jumper and Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) followed with a basket at the two-minute mark to pull the Crusaders within 43-42.

Valpo got a defensive stop, but following a miss, Jalesa Jones made two free throws with 25 second to play to extend the lead to three.  A Crusader turnover forced Valpo to foul again and Detroit made five of six free throws in the game’s final 25 seconds to secure the win.

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) led Valpo with 11 points while Lange added 10 more.  Varner finished her home career with nine points and nine boards, and moved into 11th on Valpo’s all-time rebounding list with 579 over her time with the Crusaders.

Brown led Detroit (18-12, 14-4 Horizon) with 20 points and 15 rebounds while Yar Shayok added 11 points.

“Our goal is to be the team to win a Horizon League Tournament game,” Freeman concluded.  “We have to get fresh legs for Monday.”

Valparaiso (9-20, 5-13) will be on the road Monday evening for the first round of the Horizon League Tournament, traveling to Milwaukee, Wis. to battle the Panthers of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Tip-off at the Klotsche Center is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Detroit leads the all-time series between the two schools 10-5 and has won seven of the last eight contests between the two schools … Varner and Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) were honored prior to the game on Senior Day … Valpo will be the nine seed in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament.

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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo