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Crusaders Finish with Furious Rally to Down Loyola
Skyler Gick's laying with 15 seconds left helped Valpo to the come-from-behind win. (Ray Acevedo)
Skyler Gick's laying with 15 seconds left helped Valpo to the come-from-behind win. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Trailing by 13 points with just over six minutes to play, Valparaiso closed with a 20-3 run, taking the lead on a lay-in by Skyler Gick (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central H.S.) with 15 seconds to play, and defeated Loyola (Chicago) 72-68 on Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“I’m really proud of our kids,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We were short-handed but we battled all the way back.  When you see kids going after loose balls and have the energy and emotion we did down the stretch, you can feed off of it.”

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) recorded her fourth straight double-double, Stefanie Lang (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) added her first collegiate double-double, and Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) moved into eighth place all-time for three-pointers made after draining four, including two in the final two minutes as the Crusaders won at home for the third consecutive time.

Valpo was down 65-52 with 6:16 to play after a lay-in by Monica Albano before mounting the comeback.  Rashida Ray (Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding H.S.) hit a triple and Gerardot followed on the next possession with a second chance basket to cut the deficit to eight.

“Rashida hit a big shot then locked in on defense and got a tie up defensively,” Freeman said.

Ashley Timmerman’s (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) three at the 3:49 mark pulled Valpo to within seven, only to have the Ramblers answer with an old-fashioned three-point play down low by Brittany Boeke.

Still trailing by eight going under three minutes, Lang scored inside and, after a defensive stop, Adams nailed a triple to make it 68-65 Loyola with 1:48 remaining.  Lang then poked the ball free on defense and Adams nailed another triple to tie the game with just over a minute to play.

“We had two big shots by Betsy, a big deflection by Stef Lang, and a big recovery by Skye down the stretch,” Freeman added.

Albano missed a three and Valpo moved down court with under 30 seconds to play.  Gerardot, underneath, found Gick on the other side of the basket, and the sophomore laid it in, giving the Crusaders their first lead since 10-8, with just 15 seconds left.

Gick added a steal in the final seconds and Timmerman made two free throws with 2.0 seconds left to seal the victory for the Brown and Gold.

“We did the things we needed to down the stretch to put ourselves in position to come back,” Freeman said.

The first half was tight most of the way until the Ramblers closed the stanza on a 7-0 run over the final 2:06 to take a 39-31 lead into the locker room.

The lead grew to 10 as Loyola hit the first basket of the second half before the Crusaders made their first run of the period.  A triple by Ray followed by her steal and score pulled the Brown and Gold within 45-43 with 15:39 to play.

Loyola answered with a 10-1 run to push the lead to 11 just three minutes later, and had its largest lead, 63-49, with 8:45 to play before the Crusaders began their final rally.

Gerardot led the Crusaders with 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the year, and fourth straight.  Lang added 12 points and a career-high 11 boards for her double-double while Adams also added 12 points, all on three-pointers.  Ray had 11 points, making 3-of-4 triples and Maegan Callaway (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) added a career-high eight points off of the bench.

“Callaway had moments where she had an impact on the game in the low post,” Freeman commented.

Gick finished with six points and matched a career high with seven assists.

“I was pleased with our team’s ability to handle the basketball tonight,” Freeman concluded.  “Only eight turnovers and 19 assists is a very good ratio.”

Abby Skube led Loyola (11-13, 5-8 Horizon) with 26 points and nine rebounds, making 10-of-13 shots from the floor.  Albano added 19 points while Brittany Boeke pulled down 12 rebounds.  Katie Kortekamp had a game-high eight assists for the Ramblers.

Valparaiso (7-19, 4-10) will look for its fourth straight home win on Saturday morning as the Crusaders host UIC.  Tip-off is set for 11:05 a.m. at the ARC.  Saturday’s game is the Crusaders’ annual WBCA Pink Zone game, and fans are encouraged to wear pink.

Game Notes: Valpo is now 17-2 all-time against the Ramblers after sweeping the season series … the Crusaders have never lost to Loyola at the ARC … Valpo’s eight turnovers were a season low … Adams now has 143 career triples, passing Heidi Diefenthaler (1992-1996) and moving into eighth all-time on Valpo’s career charts … Adams also now has 65 threes on the season, tied for ninth most all-time at Valpo … Valpo has won three straight at home for the first time since Nov. 14-22, 2009 … Lang’s previous career high in rebounds was 11 … the Crusaders tied a season-high as a team with 10 three-point field goals … Valpo’s 19 assists also were a season high … Timmerman’s consecutive free throw streak to start the season ended at 24 as she missed her first attempt of the game.

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
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