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Crusaders Drop Test at #4 Duke
Charae Richardson handed out six assists Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Charae Richardson handed out six assists Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (2-3)
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4/4 Duke (3-0)
11/23/2012 | Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium) | Attendance: 4251
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Valparaiso222345
4/4 Duke484290
Stats at a GlanceVALPODUKE
FG Percentage.286 (18-63) .479 (34-71)
3P FG Percentage.267 (8-30) .333 (3-9)
FT Percentage.250 (1-4) .760 (19-25)
Offensive Rebounds1124
Defensive Rebounds1733
Total Rebounds2857
Turnovers2518
Steals815
Bench Points1835
Statistical LeadersVALPODUKE
PointsGERARDOT - 8
Elizabeth Williams - 18
ReboundsGERARDOT - 6
Tricia Liston - 12
AssistsRICHARDSON - 6
Chelsea Gray - 6
StealsGERARDOT - 3
Alexis Jones - 4
BlocksGERARDOT - 1
LANGE - 1
Elizabeth Williams - 3
Allison Vernerey - 3

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Valparaiso women's basketball team hung around with the nation's fourth-ranked team in #4/4 Duke early on Friday evening in Durham, N.C., but the Blue Devils eventually pulled away and defeated the Crusaders by a 90-45 final.

“Obviously we ran into a very good Duke team,” said Crusader head coach Tracey Dorow.  “I thought they played extremely well. I thought they executed well, put a lot of pressure on us, got a lot of tips on balls, got a lot of turnovers.  I really thought our kids did a great job of scrapping, hustling and never giving up.  I am proud of our team for doing that without our starting point guard, a senior point guard who averages 38 minutes a game and is really the glue to telling the rest of the girls what to do and when to do it.  I thought we bounced back pretty well, but it’s a big struggle and we are growing in that area.”

The Crusaders led early on in Friday's contest, as an early 3-pointer from redshirt junior Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) and a jumper from senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) gave Valpo the 5-4 edge at the game's first media timeout.  Duke scored eight of the next ten points to claim a 12-7 lead, but Valpo answered with a 3-pointer from sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) and a jumper by junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Caledonia) to tie the game at 12 just over six minutes in.

The Blue Devils got a fast-break layup from Elizabeth Williams and then a third-chance 3-pointer by Chelsea Gray to push ahead by five points, but the latter basket was answered by a triple from junior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) to bring Valpo within 17-15 at the second media break.  But Duke scored the next 10 points over a stretch of four minutes, part of a 31-7 run the Blue Devils ended the opening half with to go into halftime ahead 48-22.  The second half saw the Crusaders fight gamely, but Duke scored 30 points in the paint of its 42 second-half points to pull away. 

Valpo was led by Gerardot's eight points and six rebounds on Friday, as nine of the 12 Crusaders who played scored at least three points.  Freshman Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) scored her first five career points off the bench as well.  Richardson handed out six assists to tie for game-high honors, while Gerardot came up with three steals.  The Crusaders were limited to just 28.6% (18-of-63) shooting from the floor, including just 26.7% (8-of-30) from behind the arc.

Duke (3-0) placed five players in double figures, led by 18 points off the bench by Williams.  Tricia Liston added a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Haley Peters chipped in 16 and nine.

Valparaiso (2-3) continues its road trip on Tuesday, Nov. 27 as the Crusaders travel to take on Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. at 7 p.m.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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