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Valpo Falls at Home to Milwaukee Thursday Night
Play Video Tabitha Gerardot scores over a Panther defender. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot scores over a Panther defender. (Ray Acevedo)
Milwaukee (6-12,2-6 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (5-14,1-7 Horizon)
1/26/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 308
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Milwaukee292655
Valparaiso222547
Stats at a GlanceUWMVALPO
FG Percentage.377 (20-53) .364 (16-44)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .438 (7-16)
FT Percentage1.000 (10-10) .800 (8-10)
Offensive Rebounds107
Defensive Rebounds2123
Total Rebounds3130
Turnovers1421
Steals106
Bench Points30
Statistical LeadersUWMVALPO
PointsLINDFORS - 14
GERARDOT - 16
ReboundsTUCKER - 7
VARNER - 8
AssistsWILSON - 4
CARR - 4
StealsTUCKER - 3
LANGE - 2
BlocksTUCKER - 1
LINDFORS - 1
GERARDOT - 1
LANGE - 1
Ashley Timmerman looks to pass against Milwaukee. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Timmerman looks to pass against Milwaukee. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) and Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) combined for 31 points on Thursday evening in a 55-47 setback to Milwaukee at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Gerardot led all scorers with 16 points while Lange added 15 points.  Combined they shot 10-of-14 from the floor.  Unfortunately for the Crusaders, the rest of the team managed to connect on just 6-of-30 in the loss.

“I’d have liked to be able to get Tab more looks inside,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.  “She passed up a couple of opportunities and they did a great job of pressuring Laura, disrupting the offense.”

Trailing by just two, 20-18, at the 8:46 mark of the first half following an Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) three-pointer, the Crusaders made just one field goal the rest of the half and fell behind 29-22 at the break.

Milwaukee’s lead grew to 10 early in the second half, and remained there, 37-27, with 12:31 to play in the game.

“It’s hard to sustain the defense when the offense doesn’t flow,” Freeman said.  “We were constantly trying to get stops.”

Valpo made a run as Gerardot and Lange both scored inside before a Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) driving layup cut the deficit to just four, 37-33.

After the Panthers pushed the lead back to eight, Lange drained a triple to make it 43-38 with 6:21 to play.  Neither team would score for the next two minutes before Angela Rodriguez picked up a loose ball and connected from three.

Milwaukee forced a Crusader turnover and Kiki Wilson also made a triple and the lead was 11 at the four minute mark.  Valpo could not get the deficit under six the rest of the way.

Courtney Lindfors led Milwaukee (6-12, 2-6 Horizon) with 14 points, 10 of which came in the first half, while Rodriguez added 12 points.  Wilson and Ashley Green also scored 10 points giving the Panthers four double figure scorers.

Timmerman tallied eight points and Richards scored seven for the Crusaders on the night.  Valpo shot 36.4% from the floor and made 7-of-16 (43.8%) three-pointers, but committed 21 turnovers.

“We didn’t handle the ball like we wanted to,” Freeman added.  “Turnovers were our Achilles’ Heal.  We need to make passes when they are there.  We were outscored off of turnovers 22-7 and that was the difference in the game.”

Milwaukee finished the game at 37.7% from the field with just 14 miscues.

Valparaiso (5-14, 1-7) will wrap up the first half of Horizon League action on Saturday afternoon at home hosting #12/9 Green Bay.  Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m.

Game Notes: Milwaukee leads the all-time series 13-5 and has won four straight meetings between the two schools … Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and now has 495 for her career, matching Denise Dunbar (1982-1986) for 15th all-time at Valpo … Lange made a career high three three-pointers on the evening.

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
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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