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Valpo Season Comes to a Close at 10th-Ranked Green Bay in Quarterfinals
Ashley Timmerman battles for a loose ball against the Phoenix. (GB Athletics)
Ashley Timmerman battles for a loose ball against the Phoenix. (GB Athletics)
Valparaiso (10-21)
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#10/10 Green Bay (28-1)
3/7/2012 | Green Bay, Wis. - Kress Events Center | Attendance: 2353
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso252853
#10/10 Green Bay383977
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUWGB
FG Percentage.421 (16-38) .518 (29-56)
3P FG Percentage.263 (5-19) .375 (9-24)
FT Percentage.696 (16-23) .909 (10-11)
Offensive Rebounds1111
Defensive Rebounds1717
Total Rebounds2828
Turnovers2613
Steals917
Bench Points223
Statistical LeadersVALPOUWGB
PointsGERARDOT - 19
WOJTA - 17
ReboundsGERARDOT - 8
WOJTA - 5
EICHLER - 5
AssistsCARR - 3
QUILLING - 4
StealsRICHARDS - 3
TIMMERMAN - 3
WOJTA - 6
BlocksBAUER - 1
WOJTA - 1
Ashley Varner looks for a free teammate on Wednesday night. (Runtao Wang)
Ashley Varner looks for a free teammate on Wednesday night. (Runtao Wang)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Playing for the fourth time in seven days, Valparaiso hung with 10th-ranked Green Bay for 27 minutes on Wednesday evening before the Phoenix went on a 15-0 run and eventually downed the Crusaders 77-53 at the Kress Events Center in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Championship held in Green Bay, Wis.

The Crusaders were within nine at the 13:34 mark of the second half after starting the second half on an 8-4 run.  Green Bay’s defense forced six straight Valpo turnovers though as part of a 15-0 run, giving the Horizon League regular season champion a 59-35 lead.

“I give our kids a lot of credit tonight,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.  “I really liked how we adjusted to their pressure man.  We were able to do a much better job of taking advantage of their help and spreading them out than we did in the first two meetings this season.  During that run they took advantage of us not having five passers.  They created their offense from their defense.  Our defense against them in the half-court was very good tonight.”

After the lead grew to as many as 27, Valpo tried to battle back one last time, pulling within 70-49 on an Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) three-pointer, but that would be as close as the Crusaders would get the rest of the way.

Valpo started the game strong defensively, as the Phoenix made just two of its first nine shots from the floor.  Tabitha Gerardot's (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) triple gave the Crusaders a 10-7 lead at the 12:56 mark of the first half.

Green Bay (28-1) went on a 13-0 run to take a 20-10 advantage as the Crusaders started the game making just 3-of-12 from the floor while committing nine turnovers.

The Crusaders fought back, scoring seven straight points in a 1:44 span, capped with back-to-back jumpers by Gerardot and Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.), pulling within three.

The Phoenix pushed the lead back to 11 before Valpo got back to within seven on a Varner triple, but Julie Wojta scored Green Bay’s final seven points of the half and the tournament’s top seed took a 38-25 lead into the locker room.

Gerardot led Valparaiso (10-21) with 19 points and eight rebounds while Varner added 14 points and Lange chipped in 11 more. 

“Tabitha keeps getting better,” Freeman added.  “She’s incredibly smart and got in a good zone letting the game come to her.”

Green Bay forced 26 Crusader turnovers which led to 45 points and shot 51.8% from the floor in the victory.  Wojta tallied 17 points, five rebounds, and six steals while Sarah Eichler added 14 points.  The Phoenix registered 17 steals in the game.

“Wojta is one tough player,” Freeman concluded.  “She did some very athletic things out there tonight.  They are very talented and well-coached and have so many weapons.”

Game Notes: Green Bay leads the all-time series 25-4 and has won 10 straight meetings between the two schools … Varner finished the season with 279 rebounds, ranking second on Valpo’s single season charts … Varner finished with 595 career boards, moving into the top-10 all-time in school history … Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) tallied 83 steals, finishing fifth on the yearly theft list … Richards had two assists on Wednesday and now has 288 for her career, moving into seventh on the career list … Gerardot scored in double figures in 22 of 31 games on the season … Varner and Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) concluded their careers with the Crusaders.

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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
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Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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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
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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)
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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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
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May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
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May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
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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
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