Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Titans Top Valpo Saturday in Detroit
Ashley Varner tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds against the Titans. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds against the Titans. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (4-9, 0-2 Horizon)
at
Detroit (6-8, 2-0 Horizon)
12/31/2011 | Detroit, Mich. - Calihan Hall | Attendance: 294
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso262652
Detroit402868
Stats at a GlanceVALPODETROIT
FG Percentage.345 (20-58) .473 (26-55)
3P FG Percentage.238 (5-21) .375 (9-24)
FT Percentage.778 (7-9) .875 (7-8)
Offensive Rebounds1511
Defensive Rebounds1825
Total Rebounds3336
Turnovers1815
Steals89
Bench Points1319
Statistical LeadersVALPODETROIT
PointsVARNER - 16
SHEARER - 13
ReboundsVARNER - 10
GERARDOT - 10
SHAYOK - 7
AssistsRICHARDS - 3
GERARDOT - 3
JONES - 6
StealsRICHARDS - 4
JONES - 4
BlocksALLEN - 1
SHAYOK - 1

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) and Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) both registered double-doubles for Valparaiso but the Crusaders could not overcome 62.5% shooting in the first half by Detroit and fell 68-52 at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.

Varner finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive end, while Gerardot had 15 points and 10 boards.

The Crusaders fell behind quickly as the Titans scored nine of the game’s first 11 points in just over two minutes before a Varner three-pointer stopped the run and brought Valpo within four.

Detroit added another 11-2 spurt to build a 20-7 advantage eight minutes into the contest, making seven of their first nine shots from the floor. 

“Detroit has a great low post presence,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We had to double in the low post to stop them, and by doing that it opened up their three-point shooters.”

The Titan lead grew to 18 just before intermission, but Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) scored inside, stole the ball, and added another layup, all in the final three seconds of the half to bring Valpo within 40-26 at the break.

“We were sluggish moving the ball and cutting,” Freeman said.  “We got in a bad situation in the first half where Varner got two fouls early and so did (Gina) Lange.  We turned the ball over way too much and took some bad shots which led to fast break points.”

Gerardot kept the Crusaders in the game offensively, scoring 11 points in the opening stanza.  Detroit’s Megan Hatter scored 12 to pace all scorers at halftime as the Titans shot 62.5% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes while adding 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

Varner tried to lead a Valpo comeback early in the second half, scoring the team’s first seven points, but the Titans hit a pair of threes to keep the Detroit lead at 13.

“We did tighten up and play much better defense the second half,” added Freeman.

The hosts made four of their first five threes in the second half as part of a 15-4 run, increasing the lead to 63-39.  Valpo was never able to get closer than 16 the rest of the way.

Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights H.S.) added 11 points for the Crusaders off  of  the bench while Richards registered four steals defensively.  Valpo shot 34.5% from the floor for the game but made just 5-of-21 from three-point range.

Senee Shearer led Detroit (6-8, 2-0 Horizon) with 13 points while Megan Hatter added 12 and Lauren Allen chipped in 11 points.  Jalesa Jones handed out six assists and made four steals. 

Valparaiso (4-9, 0-2) will return home to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Cleveland State.  Tip-off in the opening game of a three-game homestand is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes: Detroit leads the all-time series with the Crusaders 9-5 and has won six of the last seven meetings … Varner moved into 18th place all-time on the rebounding charts passing Linda Batz (1987-1990) with 436… Varner’s double-double was her fourth of the season and fifth of her career … Gerardot’s double-double was her fourth of the season and 13th of her career … Richards passed Stephanie Greer (1987-1991) for 16th all-time at Valpo with 225 career assists.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
W 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
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
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