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Crusaders Run Out to Exhibition Win Monday Night
Ieva Jansone had a team-high 22 points Monday. (Fred Villarruel)
Ieva Jansone had a team-high 22 points Monday. (Fred Villarruel)
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11/5/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 410
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Holy Cross [Ind.]222749
Valparaiso445498
Stats at a GlanceHCVALPO
FG Percentage.288 (21-73) .485 (32-66)
3P FG Percentage.200 (5-25) .412 (7-17)
FT Percentage.667 (2-3) .730 (27-37)
Offensive Rebounds814
Defensive Rebounds2543
Total Rebounds3357
Turnovers1312
Steals610
Bench Points2146
Statistical LeadersHCVALPO
PointsBYRD - 11
MALINOWSKI - 11
JANSONE - 22
ReboundsGONDECK - 8
SCOTT - 8
GERARDOT - 8
AssistsSTEFFEN - 3
MALINOWSKI - 3
MILLER - 6
StealsSTEFFEN - 4
MILLER - 3
BlocksGONDECK - 1
MALINOWSKI - 1
SCOTT - 1
JANSONE - 1

Monday, November 05, 2012

In its first public exhibition game under the guidance of first-year head coach Tracey Dorow, the Valparaiso women's basketball team unveiled an up-tempo style of play as the Crusaders ran to a 98-49 victory over Holy Cross [Ind.] on Monday night at the ARC.

The Crusaders ran up and down the floor on both misses and makes Monday, ending the game with a total of 80 possessions and racking up 20 fast-break points.  Valpo shot nearly 50% from the floor (32-of-66) and was 7-of-17 (41.2%) from 3-point range.  The Crusaders also were able to get to the foul line throughout the game, where they converted at a 73% (27-of-37) rate.

“Ideally, we'd like to definitely get out and run as much as possible,” said Dorow.  “We have to be smart about it, but we definitely want to push and get ahead and try to get early baskets.  The key to that starts on the defensive boards, and I thought we did an outstanding job with our defensive rebounding tonight [43 defensive rebounds vs. 8 offensive rebounds for Holy Cross].”

Holy Cross led early on a pair of 3-pointers in the first four minutes, as the Crusaders struggled early on to get into the flow offensively.  With the game tied at nine just over seven minutes into the game, Valpo strung together a 17-2 run over a stretch of less than four minutes to push its lead into double digits for good.  Five different Crusaders scored during the run, with an old-fashioned 3-point play by junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) capping the run with 9:09 to play in the first half as Valpo led 26-11.  A late 11-2 run would help push the Crusader lead to 44-22 into the locker room at halftime.

The Crusaders left no doubt as to the result with an early second-half run, out-scoring the Saints 16-3 over a stretch of nearly five minutes to push their lead out to 33 points at 63-30.  The run included five points from sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy).  Valpo continued to control the tempo throughout the second half, pushing the scoreline towards the final margin.

All 11 Crusaders who played on Monday scored at least two points and grabbed at least two rebounds, as all 11 also played at least 13 minutes each.  Leading the way in the scoring column was senior Ieva Jansone (Riga, Latvia/Agenskalna Gymnasium [Miles]), who went 7-of-9 from the floor and 7-of-8 at the free throw line for a game-high 22 points off the bench.  Gerardot scored 19 points and Scott 13, with the duo each sharing team-high honors with eight rebounds.

Redshirt junior Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) rounded out the quartet of Crusaders in double figures with 10 points in 18 minutes of play.  Valpo tallied 20 assists on its 32 baskets, led by six assists off the bench from freshman Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia), who also picked up three of Valpo's 10 steals.

“We talk about how we want to take unchallenged shots – how we want the highest-percentage looks,” said Dorow.  “I thought tonight we took a lot of pretty tough looks, and that's something we'll go back on the film and look it and use to learn from.  The good thing is that none of our players are selfish players – they all want to be team players – so they'll use this and get better from it.”

Holy Cross, coached by former Crusader Aimee [Litka] Niespodziany, was led by 11 points each from Lauren Malinowski and Angela Byrd, while Francesca McCarthy added 10 points.  Maggie Gondeck pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the Saints, who were limited to just 28.8% (21-of-73) shooting for the game by the Valpo defense.

Valparaiso opens up the regular season at the ARC on Friday evening, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. against Big Ten foe Indiana.  Fans are encouraged to wear white to help “White Out” the ARC.  The game can be heard live on WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) and seen live on the Horizon League Network, with links to both, as well as live stats, available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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
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Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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
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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