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Cleveland State Defeats Valpo Thursday at the ARC
Play Video Tabitha Gerardot shoots over a Viking defender on her way to 16 points. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot shoots over a Viking defender on her way to 16 points. (Ray Acevedo)
Cleveland State (6-7, 1-1 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (4-10,0-3 Horizon)
1/5/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 379
1st2ndFinal
Cleveland State242549
Valparaiso202545
Stats at a GlanceCSUVALPO
FG Percentage.356 (16-45) .322 (19-59)
3P FG Percentage.375 (6-16) .100 (2-20)
FT Percentage.611 (11-18) .556 (5-9)
Offensive Rebounds1314
Defensive Rebounds2818
Total Rebounds4132
Turnovers2012
Steals88
Bench Points102
Statistical LeadersCSUVALPO
PointsCOLEMAN - 16
WINTON - 16
GERARDOT - 16
ReboundsGREEN - 9
VARNER - 10
AssistsKEANE - 5
RICHARDS - 4
VARNER - 4
StealsHUGHES - 2
WINTON - 2
VARNER - 4
BlocksMONTGOMERY - 2
Ashley Varner looks through the Cleveland State defense. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner looks through the Cleveland State defense. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Valparaiso played solid defense yet again on Thursday evening but was unable to overcome a cold shooting night from the floor and fell to Cleveland State 49-45 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Crusader defense held its fifth opponent of the season to 50 points or fewer, but offensively made just 2-of-20 three-point attempts while shooting 32.2% from the field overall.

“It’s a frustrating game,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “I thought we had a lot of decent looks and most of our threes were open.  I’m proud of our kids from the standpoint that when the ball was not going in the basket they continued to play hard on defense.”

Early on the Crusaders were able to build a five-point advantage, 12-7, less than eight minutes into the contest.  Cleveland State took the lead for good though with an 11-0 run, holding the Brown and Gold scoreless for nearly five minutes.

Valpo fought back, cutting the deficit to one, 19-18, on an Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) lay-in before trailing 24-20 at intermission as neither side could score in the final 3:30 of the first half.

The Crusaders again pulled within one, 26-25, on an Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) triple that was banked in from the right wing but could not get any closer.  By the 13:35 mark of the second half the Vikings had pushed the lead back to seven.

Five straight points by the Crusaders, the final three by Varner, cut the deficit to two, 37-35 at the 8:23 mark and Valpo again pulled within two, 45-43, with 2:48 to go, but could never tie the game or take the lead down the stretch.

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) was the only one who seemed to be able to connect for the Crusaders, making 8-of-11 from the floor to finish with 16 points.  She also pulled down seven rebounds.

“Obviously we would have liked to have gotten her more touches,” Freeman said.

Varner added her fifth double-double in the last seven games, finishing with 11 points and 10 boards, while Timmerman added eight points.  Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) matched a season-high with nine rebounds.

Shalonda Winton and Cori Coleman paced Cleveland State (6-7, 1-1 Horizon) with 16 points each while Kiersten Green pulled down nine boards.  The Vikings outrebounded Valpo 41-32.

“The difference in the game was that we didn’t make shots,” Freeman concluded.  “We needed to convert and have to be able to make shots at a higher percentage.”

Valparaiso (4-10, 0-3) will look to rebound on Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders welcome Youngstown State to the ARC.  Tip-off is slated for 1:35 p.m.

Game Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series 12-9 but the Vikings hold a 6-5 advantage at the ARC … Varner’s double-double was the sixth of her career and fifth this season … Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) had four assists in the game and now has 229 for her career, moving her past Lina Mascarenas (1988-1992) into 14th place all-time at Valpo … Varner and Gerardot both reached the 500-point plateau for their careers with 506 and 501 respectively.

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
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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo