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Crusaders Get Defensive in Victory over IPFW
Play Video Ashley Varner scores over a Mastodon defender on her way to her first career double-double. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner scores over a Mastodon defender on her way to her first career double-double. (Ray Acevedo)
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12/6/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 317
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IPFW152843
Valparaiso253964
Stats at a GlanceIPFWVALPO
FG Percentage.228 (13-57) .489 (23-47)
3P FG Percentage.200 (5-25) .429 (6-14)
FT Percentage.750 (12-16) .706 (12-17)
Offensive Rebounds179
Defensive Rebounds1729
Total Rebounds3438
Turnovers1415
Steals97
Bench Points125
Statistical LeadersIPFWVALPO
PointsMURPHY - 14
VARNER - 18
ReboundsMURPHY - 9
VARNER - 12
AssistsROSADO - 2
MURPHY - 2
CARR - 6
StealsMAUK - 2
HALUSKA - 2
MURPHY - 2
GERARDOT - 2
CARR - 2
BlocksVARNER - 1
Laura Richards drives by an IPFW defender before scoring a career-high 12 points. (Ray Acevedo)
Laura Richards drives by an IPFW defender before scoring a career-high 12 points. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Valparaiso’s defense held IPFW to just 22.8% shooting from the floor for the evening and four players scored in double figures on the offensive end as the Crusaders defeated IPFW 64-43 on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“I’m really proud of our kids,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.  “Their grittiness, character, and resilience after the Lehigh game really came through.  I like how hard these kids work and they’ve learned a lot.  I’m happy these kids felt success today.”

The Crusaders jumped out to an 8-1 lead, holding the Mastodons without a field goal for more than four minutes to open the contest, and never trailed on the evening in picking up their second victory of the homestand.

Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) and Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) both recorded double-doubles.  Varner tallied a game-high 18 points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds for her second career double-double while Gerardot added 15 points and 10 boards for her third double-double in the last four games.  Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) added a career-high 12 points while Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) contributed 11 for the Brown and Gold.

IPFW made just 5-of-27 shots from the floor (18.5%) in the opening half as the Crusaders held the visitors without a field goal for nearly seven minutes midway through the stanza.

Valpo jumped out quickly offensively, making four three-pointers in the game’s first 7:30 to take a 15-6 advantage.

The Mastodons would not cut their deficit under six the rest of the half and Valpo took a 25-15 lead into the locker room.

IPFW (4-5) cut the Valpo lead to six, 30-24, with 14:44 to play in the game, but a 14-3 run over six minutes extended Valpo’s advantage to 18 with just over seven minutes to play, 47-29.  Valpo scored 32 points in the paint over the course of the evening, including 12 of the 14 during the run.

“The tempo of the game was such that we wanted to stay in a rhythm attacking the pressure,” Freeman said.  “We stayed out of foul trouble and that was a key.  I think their pressure helped us on offense because we were able to move the ball well and had a good balance inside and outside.”

Valpo shot a season-high 48.9% from the floor, including 6-of-14 (42.9%) from three-point range.  The Crusaders also outrebounded the Mastodons 38-34, though IPFW held a 17-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

Erin Murphy led IPFW with 14 points and nine rebounds.

“We were really tough defensively and did a good job carrying out the game plan,” Freeman added.  “Their top three kids are averaging 47 points a game and they only got 28 tonight.  We were able to help off of the other two tonight.”

Valparaiso (2-6) will take to the road for its next two games, beginning Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pa.  The Crusaders will take on Pittsburgh beginning at 1 p.m. CST.

Game Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series 9-5 and is 6-1 against IPFW at home … the Crusaders have won five of the last six games between the two Hoosier State schools … Varner has now grabbed seven or more rebounds in all eight games this season and has four straight double-figure rebounding games … Gerardot’s double-double was the 12th of her career … Richards played all 40 minutes for the second time this season and six of the boards came on the offensive end … Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights H.S.) tied a career high with six assists … Gerardot’s 10 boards tied a season high … Richards made 5-of-7 from the floor … Valpo played just six players in the contest … the Crusaders are allowing just 43 points per game over the last three contests … IPFW entered the game averaging 65.9 points per game and shooting 40% from the floor.

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