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Flames Defeat Valpo Saturday Night in Chicago
Ashley Timmerman connects on one of her four triples in the game. (Rick Welton)
Ashley Timmerman connects on one of her four triples in the game. (Rick Welton)
Valparaiso (5-13,1-6 Horizon)
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UIC (12-7,5-3 Horizon)
1/21/2012 | Chicago, Ill. - UIC Pavilion | Attendance: 3367
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso152843
UIC282654
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUIC
FG Percentage.333 (16-48) .382 (21-55)
3P FG Percentage.222 (4-18) .300 (6-20)
FT Percentage.700 (7-10) .667 (6-9)
Offensive Rebounds915
Defensive Rebounds2125
Total Rebounds3040
Turnovers1514
Steals66
Bench Points30
Statistical LeadersVALPOUIC
PointsTIMMERMAN - 14
BAILEY - 19
ReboundsVARNER - 11
BAILEY - 13
AssistsRICHARDS - 2
FOULKS - 3
BAILEY - 3
StealsRICHARDS - 3
BAILEY - 3
BlocksDAHNKE - 1
Tabitha Gerardot drives around a Flame defender inside. (Rick Welton)
Tabitha Gerardot drives around a Flame defender inside. (Rick Welton)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) tallied a season-high 14 points, making four three-pointers, but Valparaiso was unable to overcome three UIC players in double figures on Saturday night, falling to the Flames 54-43 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.

The Crusaders fell behind from the opening possession and were never able to take the lead in the contest.

“They are a very good team,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “They are senior oriented and get to loose balls.  They are very skilled and make it hard to pass when you’re on offense.”

UIC scored on three of its first four offensive trips of the game to jump out to a seven point lead.  The Crusaders made just one of their first 11 shots from the floor as the Flames’ advantage grew to 14-2 nine minutes into the contest.

Timmerman scored eight of Valpo’s next 11 points to help the Crusaders claw back into the contest.  A Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) put back brought the Brown and Gold within four, 19-15.

The Flames held Valpo scoreless the final 5:57 of the stanza though and finished the half on a 9-0 run to take a 28-15 lead into the locker room. 

The Crusaders shot just 25% (6-of-24) from the floor in the opening stanza.

UIC hit a triple to open the second half before Timmerman drained a triple to end Valpo’s eight minute scoring drought spanning both halves.

A 10-0 Flame run gave the hosts their largest lead of the game, 41-19, with 14 minutes to play before the Crusaders tried to claw back.

A 9-2 Valpo spurt, including seven straight points from Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) pulled the Brown and Gold within 15.  After the Flames’ lead went to back to 18, Valpo continued to fight.  A Timmerman three pulled the Crusaders to within 13, 48-35, with just under five minutes to play.

“Timmy kept us in the game tonight,” Freeman added. “I thought we got popped in the mouth in the first half.  In the second half we toughened up.”

Valpo could not get any closer than 13 until the final seconds though when Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) scored inside for the game’s final margin.

“We played hard the entire game,” Freeman stated.  “It was completely different from Loyola.  Our approach to playing was much better.  I thought going into the game if we could hold them under 30 points both halves that’s a good job defensively and we did that.  We just have trouble scoring.”

Jasmine Bailey led UIC (12-7, 5-3 Horizon) with 19 points and 13 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive end of the floor.  Kiera Strickland added 16 points while Shamiea Green chipped in 14 for the Flames. 

“Bailey’s a phenomenal player,” Freeman concluded.  “She’s really developed herself as a player.”

Timmerman was the only Crusader to finish in double figures while Gerardot and Varner added eight points each.  Varner also finished with 11 rebounds.

Valparaiso (5-13, 1-6) will return home to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Milwaukee.  Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series 19-16 but UIC has won five of the last six including three straight … Timmerman’s previous season high was 12 points in the last two games against Butler and Loyola (Chicago) … Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) had two assists and now has 248 for her career, passing Megan Newcomer (1996-2000) for 12th on the Crusaders’ all-time list.

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