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Crusader Women Down Purdue Calumet Wednesday Evening
Tabitha Gerardot picked up a double-double Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot picked up a double-double Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
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Valparaiso (2-0)
11/14/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 448
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Purdue Calumet332659
Valparaiso393776
Stats at a GlancePUCVALPO
FG Percentage.267 (16-60) .397 (29-73)
3P FG Percentage.200 (4-20) .160 (4-25)
FT Percentage.920 (23-25) .824 (14-17)
Offensive Rebounds1123
Defensive Rebounds2135
Total Rebounds3258
Turnovers1315
Steals78
Bench Points1233
Statistical LeadersPUCVALPO
PointsStarr - 16
GERARDOT - 18
ReboundsGaskin - 10
GERARDOT - 12
AssistsShort - 3
RICHARDS - 3
RICHARDSON - 3
LANGE - 3
StealsGroom - 2
RICHARDS - 2
BlocksWhitcomb - 2
RICHARDS - 2
GERARDOT - 2

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Valparaiso women's basketball team used a massive rebounding advantage to pick up its second straight victory to start the 2012-2013 campaign, defeating Purdue Calumet Wednesday night at the ARC, 76-59.

Valpo owned a +26 edge on the glass, pulling down 58 rebounds to the Peregrines' 32 boards.  Included among the Crusaders' 58 rebounds were 23 on the offensive end, which they converted into 27 second-chance points.  Junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) led the way on the boards for Valpo, grabbing 12 rebounds, while four other Crusaders picked up at least five rebounds.

“We really struggled shooting the ball today, but we did a great job continuing to pound the glass,” said Crusader head coach Tracey Dorow.  “I'm proud that we didn't just stop playing.  Purdue Calumet is a good team – they played well and were very well prepared, and made it tough for us out there today.”

It looked like the Crusaders would roll to the victory early on, starting the game on an 18-4 run in the first five minutes.  Gerardot connected on four early baskets, while sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) and senior Ieva Jansone (Riga, Latvia/Agenskalna Gymnasium [Miles]) each scored four points as well during the game-opening spurt which put Valpo ahead double figures just 4:10 into the game.

Trailing 20-6, the Peregrines would score eight straight points to move back within six points at 20-14 with just under 11 minutes remaining in the opening half.  The lead would hover near 10 points for most of the rest of the half, with the Crusaders pushing it to 13 on a layup by junior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) to go ahead 33-20 with 5:11 left in the half.  A 13-5 run by Purdue Calumet over the next four minutes cut the edge to five points late in the half, with Scott adding a free throw in the final minute to make it a 39-33 game going into the break.

But Valpo left no doubt to the game's result with its start to the second half.  On the second possession of the half, redshirt junior Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) connected on a pair of free throws, followed by a three-point play from Scott to make it an 11-point Crusader lead.

The balanced run continued with a fast-break bucket by Gerardot, and almost two minutes later, senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) converted a second-chance basket.  A triple by freshman Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) and a fast-break layup from senior Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville) capped the 14-1 run, featuring baskets from six different Crusaders and giving Valpo a 53-34 lead with 13:52 remaining.  The Crusader lead never fell back into single digits the rest of the way as they won their second consecutive game.

Gerardot ended the night with a double-double, posting a game-high 18 points to go with her 12 boards.  Scott and Horton added 14 points apiece, the latter setting a new career high in the process.  Jansone chipped in eight points and seven rebounds off the bench.  The Crusaders shot just 39.7% (29-of-73) from the floor and just 16% (4-of-25) from behind the arc, but scored the aforementioned 27 second-chance points and were 14-of-17 from the free throw line.

Purdue Calumet (1-4) was led by 16 points by Alex Starr and 15 points from Brooklyn Short.  The Crusaders limited the Peregrines to 26.7% (16-of-60) shooting from the floor.

Valparaiso (2-0) won each of its first two games of the season by double figures for the first time since 1974-1975.  The Crusaders will attempt to make it three straight Saturday afternoon as Valpo travels for the first time this season, heading to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI at 3:30 p.m. CT.  The game can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
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