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Valpo defeats Youngstown State in HL opener
Play Video Tabitha Gerardot scored 26 points and had 17 rebounds in Valpo's 67-59 win over Youngstown State. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot scored 26 points and had 17 rebounds in Valpo's 67-59 win over Youngstown State. (Ray Acevedo)
Youngstown State (10-4 (0-1))
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Valparaiso (6-8 (1-0))
1/12/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 477
1st2ndFinal
Youngstown State342559
Valparaiso313667
Stats at a GlanceYSUVALPO
FG Percentage.333 (22-66) .523 (23-44)
3P FG Percentage.297 (11-37) .200 (2-10)
FT Percentage.667 (4-6) .731 (19-26)
Offensive Rebounds1112
Defensive Rebounds1134
Total Rebounds2246
Turnovers619
Steals130
Bench Points167
Statistical LeadersYSUVALPO
PointsBROWN - 16
GERARDOT - 26
ReboundsBROWN - 11
GERARDOT - 17
AssistsDAVIS - 6
RICHARDS - 6
StealsTHOMPSON - 4
BlocksFLAGG - 1
LANGE - 1

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Valparaiso women’s basketball team trailed by as many as 15 in the first half, but they battled back and went on to pick up a 67-59 win over Youngstown State in the Crusaders’ Horizon League opener on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Valparaiso has now won three-straight games and improved to 5-1 at the ARC.

Trailing 48-43 with just under 10 minutes to go, the Crusaders went on an 11-0 spurt to take the lead for good and grab a 54-48 advantage with 6:04 to play.

“The key is doing things little-by-little and  not trying to make it up all at once, and I thought today we did a great job of that,” Crusader head coach Tracey Dorow said.

Junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) scored nine straight points during the run. Her 3-pointer from the top of the key got the Crusaders within two, and she tied the game at 48 with a pair of free throws. Her layup with 7:06 to go gave Valparaiso the lead for good, and she added another basket on a put back of her own miss on the next possession.

Senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) capped the run on a layup with 6:04 left.

Gerardot finished with 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed 17 rebounds to tie her career high. She was also 7-of-10 at the free throw line. The double-double was her third of the season and the 16th of her career.

The Penguins closed to within a single point three times over the final four minutes, but the Crusaders had an answer each time.

Gerardot’s three-point play stretched the Valparaiso advantage to 58-54 with 3:42 left. Lange followed with a jumper to make it 62-59 at the 3:09 mark, and junior Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) scored a layup with 2:13 to go to give the Crusaders a 62-59 lead.

Richardson, senior Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville) and Gerardot combined for five free throws in the last minute to push the final margin to eight.

Lange scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and Richardson added 13.

Richards totaled six points, six assists and seven rebounds, while sophomore Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) had five points, five rebounds and a career-high four assists.

Youngstown State built 34-19 lead with 4:45 left in the opening half, but the Crusaders responded with 21-2 run over the next nine minutes to take a 40-36 lead. Gerardot had four baskets during the spurt, including the layup that gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game at 38-36 with 15:56 to go.

Carr hit a 3-pointer of Valparaiso’s first possession of the second half and followed it up with a jumper on the next possession to tie the game at 36.

“This group has done a phenomenal job of not hanging their heads when we do have a poorer spurt and the other team gets on a little bit of a run,” Dorow said.

The Crusaders had their best shooting performance of the season, making 23 of 44 attempts (52.3 percent). Valparaiso had a 46-22 rebounding advantage, including a 34-11 edge in defensive rebounds.

“With the exception of a few turnovers, we really executed our offense, and it wasn’t our traditional that we have been running,” Dorow said. “These guys made good reads and made plays and found open areas and didn’t take bad shots today.”

Brandi Brown led Youngstown State (10-4, 0-1 HL) with 16 points. Shar’Rae Davis added 13 points and Liz Hornberger had 12.

Valparaiso (6-8, 1-0), which improved to 3-3 in Horizon League openers, concludes its four-game home stand on Wednesday, Jan. 16 when it hosts Loyola at 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso, and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

 

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 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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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