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Crusaders Fall at Home to Saint Louis
Jessi Wiedemann and the Crusaders fell to Saint Louis on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jessi Wiedemann and the Crusaders fell to Saint Louis on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Saint Louis (3-4)
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Valparaiso (2-5)
12/1/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 445
1st2ndFinal
Saint Louis223153
Valparaiso272047
Stats at a GlanceSLUVALPO
FG Percentage.392 (20-51) .370 (20-54)
3P FG Percentage.200 (2-10) .294 (5-17)
FT Percentage.611 (11-18) .250 (2-8)
Offensive Rebounds1114
Defensive Rebounds2224
Total Rebounds3338
Turnovers1116
Steals74
Bench Points417
Statistical LeadersSLUVALPO
PointsJONES - 15
WEBB - 15
GERARDOT - 12
ReboundsEGGERT - 12
GERARDOT - 9
AssistsBRADLEY - 8
CARR - 3
RICHARDSON - 3
StealsBALL - 5
RICHARDSON - 2
BlocksCALLAWAY - 2

Saturday, December 01, 2012

The Valparaiso women's basketball team led by 11 in the first half against Saint Louis before going cold from the field, and a furious late rally came up just short as the Crusaders fell by a 53-47 final to the Billikens Saturday afternoon at the ARC.

“I thought we came out and played strong at the start of the game,” said Crusader head coach Tracey Dorow. “We had lots of energy and really rebounded the ball well in the first half. The second half, I didn't think we rebounded as well and we also had costly turnovers. Saint Louis scored 21 points off turnovers, which tells us something about how we need to do a better job taking care of the ball.”

The Crusaders scored on three of their first four possessions to lead throughout the first half. Junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) came up with an offensive rebound and putback on Valpo's first trip, followed by outside jumpers from senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) and redshirt junior Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) to lead 6-0 just over three minutes into the game.

Saint Louis scored the next two baskets to close to within two at 6-4, but Valpo responded with six straight, including a pair of baskets from sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) and a fast-break bucket by junior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve), to push the lead to eight points. Later in the half, Gerardot connected on a triple to make it a double-digit Valpo lead at 17-7 with 10:33 remaining in the half, and just over two minutes later, a 3-pointer from freshman Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) gave the Crusaders their largest advantage at 22-11 with 8:14 to play.

Valpo scored just two baskets the remainder of the half, but its defense helped maintain the lead, as a jumper from Horton capped the Crusaders' first-half scoring with a 27-16 edge with 3:29 to go. Saint Louis scored the final six points of the half, however, to close to within 27-22 at the break.

Despite scoring just nine points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Crusaders were tied with 10 minutes to go, as Saint Louis scored just 14 points over the same stretch as the teams were knotted up at 36-all. But the Billikens recorded a 13-3 run over the next 6:30 to seemingly take control, as Valpo trailed 49-39 at the final media timeout.

But the Crusaders had one final rally in them. Out of the final media break, Gerardot ran down a miss and knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to seven points. Valpo then got a stop, and Gerardot converted a fast-break layup to make it 49-44. The Billikens then committed an over-and-back violation, which the Crusaders converted to three points courtesy of a triple by Richardson as Valpo suddenly trailed by just two at 49-47 with 1:50 to play.

But Saint Louis got a huge basket with the shot clock running down on its next trip, as Lorreal Jones connected on a deep two-pointer to push its lead back to four points. The Crusaders had chances to make one more push down the stretch, as the Billikens missed the front end of three one-and-ones, but Valpo went 0-for-3 from the field and 0-for-4 from the line over the final 70 seconds.

Gerardot was the only Crusader to finish in double figures, ending the afternoon with 12 points and nine rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass. Richardson and Scott added seven points apiece, the former also grabbing six rebounds. Valpo shot just 37% (20-of-54) from the floor, including just 8-of-26 (30.8%) over the final 20 minutes, and was just 2-of-8 from the free throw line.

Saint Louis (3-4) got 15 points apiece from Jones and Courtney Webb, while Mallory Eggert tallied a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jacy Bradley handed out eight assists and Desirae Ball came up with five steals.

“Give Saint Louis credit, their post players never stropped working to get open, and they were able to attack us through the post,” said Dorow. “Unfortunately we didn't do the same thing on our offensive end – we need to do a better job at entering the ball to the post when it's open.”

Valparaiso (2-5) plays its next four games on the road, starting Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. CT at IPFW. The game can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.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 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
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 UIC
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