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Cleveland State Ends Valpo's Women's Win Streak
Ashley Timmerman led Valpo with 14 points in the loss at Cleveland State. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Timmerman led Valpo with 14 points in the loss at Cleveland State. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A 9-2 run late in the second half by Cleveland State proved to be the difference on Thursday evening as the Vikings defeated Valparaiso 57-51 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio to snap the Crusaders’ two-game winning streak. 

Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) came off of the bench to lead Valpo with 14 points, making three triples, while Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) had her seventh double-double of the year with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Crusaders.

Valpo’s defense held the Vikings scoreless for the first four minutes of the game, building an early 5-0 lead.  The hosts missed their first five shots from the floor and committed three turnovers to open the game.

“We got off to a good start defensive,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We competed hard on that side of the ball.”

Cleveland State battled back as Valpo committed four turnovers over a five minute span and after a Shawnita Garland triple with 8:55 to play before halftime, the Vikings had a 14-12 lead.  Garland had three of her five steals during the spurt.

“When we went to our bench we turned it over a lot,” Freeman added.  “Garland can really get after you.  Everything becomes more rushed because of her.”

The Crusaders fell behind by four before an 11-0 run put the Brown and Gold on top 25-18 with under two minutes to play in the first half.  Back-to-back three-point plays by Timmerman and Gerardot down low followed by a Timmerman triple spearheaded the run.

The Vikings battled back, tying the game at 25 before halftime, but another Timmerman three in the final seconds gave Valpo a 28-25 lead at the break.

Offensive woes to start the second half hurt the Crusaders.  Valpo started just 1-of-8 from the floor while the Vikings made four of their first five to retake the lead, 35-33.  The Crusaders continued to struggle from the field, but made 5-of-6 free throws to offset a 2-for-14 start from the floor, and had the game tied at 37 with 11:31 to play.

A 9-2 run in just over three minutes then proved to be the difference as the Vikings took a 48-41 lead.  Four of Cleveland State’s points came off of Crusader turnovers.

The lead stayed between five and eight over the final six minutes, and was cut to five a final time after Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) made her only triple of the game with 36 seconds to play.  Following a missed free throw by the Vikings, Timmerman had another good luck from three in the final 20 seconds, but was just long and Cleveland State held on to win.

“If that shot falls, I feel like we had a chance,” said Freeman.

Valpo finished the game shooting 31.5% from the floor, but just 25% in the second half, including 1-of-9 from three-point range.  The Crusaders finished with 19 turnovers in the game.

Adams scored nine points and Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) added eight points and nine boards for the Crusaders.

“Our depth hurts us when we don’t have it,” Freeman added.  “We need some consistency and need all of our players on the same page.”

Shalonda Winton led Cleveland State (13-10, 6-6 Horizon) with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Destinee Blue also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards.  The Vikings shot 34.9% from the floor but committed just 13 miscues.  The hosts also had 12 steals in the game.

“Their defense put a lot of pressure on the ball,” Freeman concluded.  “I’m pleased that from a defensive standpoint we did a better job.  They were at 34% shooting and in the 50s scoring.  We just need to execute better offensively.”

Valparaiso (6-18, 3-9) remains in Ohio on Saturday as the Crusaders head down the road to Youngstown, Ohio to battle the Penguins of Youngstown State.  Tip-off at the Beegley Center is set for 3:35 p.m. CST, a change from the initial scheduled time. 

Game Notes: Gerardot now has double-doubles in back-to-back games … Adams went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and has now made 29 straight free throws … Timmerman added another free throw and is now 22-for-22 on the season … the Crusaders as a team went 12-for-14 from the free throw line and are shooting 79.2% now in Horizon League play … Valpo leads the all-time series 12-8 but Cleveland State has won the last four meetings between the two schools.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
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
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State