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Crusader Women Never Trail, Defeat Indiana Friday Night
Play Video Laura Richards posted five points, nine rebounds and eight assists on Friday. (Loren Schmidt)
Laura Richards posted five points, nine rebounds and eight assists on Friday. (Loren Schmidt)
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11/9/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 867
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Indiana292352
Valparaiso313364
Stats at a GlanceIUVALPO
FG Percentage.377 (23-61) .451 (23-51)
3P FG Percentage.133 (2-15) .471 (8-17)
FT Percentage.667 (4-6) .714 (10-14)
Offensive Rebounds1113
Defensive Rebounds1828
Total Rebounds2941
Turnovers1624
Steals135
Bench Points1613
Statistical LeadersIUVALPO
PointsSinclair - 20
SCOTT - 17
ReboundsTaufa - 8
RICHARDS - 9
AssistsMcGhee - 2
Sinclair - 2
Chaplin - 2
Newbauer - 2
RICHARDS - 8
StealsArnold - 4
GERARDOT - 3
BlocksArnold - 1
Sinclair - 1
Taufa - 1
Deloach - 1
Chaplin - 1
SCOTT - 1

Friday, November 09, 2012

The Valparaiso women's basketball team made sure head coach Tracey Dorow's debut on the Crusader sidelines would be one she would remember for a lifetime, as Valpo never trailed in defeating Big Ten foe Indiana 64-52 Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

"“I’m very proud of these young ladies,” said Dorow. “They just battled the entire time. It definitely wasn't pretty tonight, but we refocused at the half and we did a really nice job."

Nearly the first three minutes of the opening-night contest went by scoreless, with both sides struggling to find rhythm early on. Junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) finally broke the seal on the basket with a triple at the 17:02 mark, and just over 70 seconds later, freshman Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) knocked down a 3-pointer on the fast break for her first collegiate basket, giving the Crusaders a 6-0 edge over four minutes into the ballgame.

IU scored the next six points to tie the game briefly, but Valpo ran off 10 quick points over a stretch of less than two minutes to go ahead double figures at 16-6. Gerardot found junior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) inside for a layup to start the spurt, and then Gerardot hit her second triple of the game on Valpo's next trip. Following a Hoosier miss, sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) grabbed the board and pulled up on the break for a fast-break basket, and Horton made it ten straight Crusader points with a 3-pointer at the 11:48 mark.

Indiana would slowly trim the deficit, eventually tying the game late in the opening period. After a basket with 26 seconds left moved the Hoosiers into a 29-29 tie, the Crusaders opted not to play for the last shot, instead running the ball right back up the court. Senior Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville) found Scott for a fast-break layup to send Valpo into the locker room ahead 31-29.

A pair of seniors teamed up for the decisive Crusader run in the second half. Still leading by just two points at 39-37 with under 15 minutes to play, senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) hit an innocuous mid-range jumper to push the lead back to four points. Two possessions later, Richards knocked down a wide open 3-pointer to make it 44-37 Crusaders, and following an IU miss, Lange converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to give Valpo another double-figure lead at 47-37.

The Crusader advantage never fell under six points the rest of the way, and they enjoyed a double-figure advantage for most of the remainder of the game. A 3-pointer by senior Ieva Jansone (Riga, Latvia/Agenskalna Gymnasium [Miles]) with 4:05 to play gave Valpo its largest lead at 58-45, and while the Hoosiers scored five straight to close within 58-50 with 2:53 remaining, Gerardot hit her third 3-pointer of the contest to slam the door as the Crusaders earned the win over the major-conference foe.

Scott led three Crusaders in double figures on Friday with 17 points, while Lange scored 12 and Gerardot added 11 points and seven rebounds. Richards filled up the stat sheet with five points and nine rebounds, while also tying her career high with eight assists. Valpo shot 47.1% (8-of-17) from behind the arc on the day and enjoyed a massive 41-29 rebounding edge over the Hoosiers.

"We made rebounding a focus all week, and we really did a nice job on the boards tonight," said Dorow.

Indiana (0-1) was led by Aulani Sinclair, who poured in a game-high 20 points, but no other Hoosier reached double figures. Milika Taufa added eight points and eight rebounds in the losing effort.

Valparaiso (1-0) closes out a brief two-game homestand to open the regular season next Wednesday, Nov. 14 as the Crusaders host Purdue Calumet at 7:05 p.m. 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.

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