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Crusaders Score 67-53 Road Win at Ball State
Tabitha Gerardot finished with 16 point and eight rebounds. (SIUE Photo Services)
Tabitha Gerardot finished with 16 point and eight rebounds. (SIUE Photo Services)
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Ball State (5-6)
12/18/2011 | Muncie, Ind. - Worthen Arena | Attendance: 455
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Valparaiso313667
Ball State351853
Stats at a GlanceVALPOBSU
FG Percentage.478 (22-46) .365 (19-52)
3P FG Percentage.357 (5-14) .409 (9-22)
FT Percentage.750 (18-24) .600 (6-10)
Offensive Rebounds1010
Defensive Rebounds2418
Total Rebounds3428
Turnovers1515
Steals115
Bench Points2227
Statistical LeadersVALPOBSU
PointsVARNER - 18
HITCHENS - 14
ReboundsVARNER - 11
JUSTICE - 5
AssistsRICHARDS - 8
CARTER - 5
StealsRICHARDS - 5
CARTER - 2
MILLER - 2
BlocksMILLER - 1

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Valparaiso erased a four-point halftime deficit and held Ball State to just 23.8% shooting in the second half on the way to a 67-53 road victory over the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind.

“I’m really proud of our kids today,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “Everyone that played stepped up.  In the second half we really came out strong and they were stuck on 35 for a long time.  Our players did a better job communicating in the second half and did a good job getting to their shooters.”

Trailing 35-31 at intermission, the Crusaders scored the first 10 points of the second half, holding the Cardinals without a field goal for the first 7:20.  Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) put Valpo on top for good with a pair of free throws and Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton H.S.) capped the run with a three-pointer to make it 41-35.

Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) extended the lead to double figures with a triple to make it 50-39 at the 9:12 mark.

Valpo’s defense force the Cardinals to start just 2-of-10 from the floor in the stanza and commit nine turnovers in the first 12 minutes after making just four miscues the entire first half.

Timmerman found Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) inside for a lay-in to increase the lead to 55-41 with under seven minutes to play.

Dressing just seven players to start the game, Valpo was down to five eligible student-athletes for the final 5:21 after Gerardot fouled out.  The Crusaders lost Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) for the game in the first half due to injury.

“A lot of things could have happened when Shaq went down,” Freeman added.  “For the most part we did a good job not fouling.  We were fortunate to put ourselves in a position to win the game and that’s a testament to our kids’ dedication.”

The Crusaders maintained a double digit advantage the rest of the way though.  Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) split two defenders and scored in the lane with 1:37 remaining to push the lead back to 13 and the Crusaders made free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

“We got in the bonus early and scored 16 points at the free throw line today,” Freeman commented.  “That really helped us.”

Ball State jumped out to an early 20-14 lead before six straight points by the Crusaders tied the game after Timmerman scored on a jumper with 7:24 to play in the first half.

The Cardinals answered with an 8-0 run of their own, making a pair of three-pointers as the shot clock expired.  Valpo fought back though, and a pair of free throws by Carr just before break pulled Valpo within four at intermission.

Varner led the Crusaders with her second double-double of the season.  The fifth-year senior matched a season-high with 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. 

“Varner made big plays offensively and really rebounded well,” Freeman said.  “Everyone contributed today.  We had five in double figure and the one that didn’t score had eight assists and five steals.”

Five Crusaders finished the game in double figures with Gerardot adding 16 points while Carr chipped in a career-high 12 points.  Lange posted 11 points and eight rebounds while Timmerman scored a season-high 10 points.  Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) dished out eight assists while committing just one turnover and added a game-high five steals.

Valpo shot 47.8% from the floor on the day while Ball State (5-6) connected on just 36.5% from the field.  The Cardinals were led by Jazmin Hitchens who scored 14 points off of the bench.  Shelbie Justice added nine points and a team-high five boards as the Crusaders outrebounded the Cardinals 34-28 on the afternoon.

Valparaiso (3-7) will return home on Tuesday evening to host Eastern Illinois.  Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Game Notes: Ball State leads the all-time series 10-6 but the series it tied 4-4 in Muncie … Carr has posted back-to-back double figure scoring games … Gerardot has scored in double figures in six straight games … Varner’s double-double was the third of her career and Valpo’s sixth as a team this season … Richards moved into 17th place all-time at Valpo with 212 career assists, passing Lynda Kukla (1988-1992) … Valpo won after trailing at halftime for the first time this season … Ball State was whistled for 17 second half fouls.

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 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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