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Crusader women beat UIC in HL First Round
Laura Richards posted 12 points and six rebounds in the win over UIC. (Ray Acevedo)
Laura Richards posted 12 points and six rebounds in the win over UIC. (Ray Acevedo)
UIC (9-21)
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Valparaiso (11-19)
3/11/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 480
1st2ndFinal
UIC263157
Valparaiso373067
Stats at a GlanceUICVALPO
FG Percentage.383 (23-60) .467 (21-45)
3P FG Percentage.174 (4-23) .333 (3-9)
FT Percentage.636 (7-11) .759 (22-29)
Offensive Rebounds810
Defensive Rebounds2130
Total Rebounds2940
Turnovers917
Steals115
Bench Points1810
Statistical LeadersUICVALPO
PointsRachel Story - 17
GERARDOT - 25
ReboundsMegan Wallace - 8
GERARDOT - 11
AssistsRachel Story - 5
RICHARDS - 5
StealsTaylor Foulks - 6
RICHARDS - 2
BlocksKatie Hannemann - 2
RICHARDS - 1
SCOTT - 1
Jessica Carr scored a career-high 14 points against the Flames. (Ray Acevedo)
Jessica Carr scored a career-high 14 points against the Flames. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Backed by a double-double from junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury), a career-high from sophomore Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) and a 12-point, six rebound performance from senior Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville), Valparaiso led for the final 30-plus minutes and beat UIC 67-57 in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

With the victory, the Crusaders advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals at top-seeded #20/20 Green Bay. That game tips at 7:00 p.m.

“I’m very, very proud of the effort,” Crusader head coach Tracey Dorow said. “The game was very physical and we did not allow it to take us down. We didn’t hang our heads if we did turn the ball over. We rebounded the heck out of the ball.”

Valparaiso outscored the Flames 20-10 over the final 9:57 of the first half to turn a one-point lead into a 37-26 advantage at the break. Gerardot, who posted her 11th double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds, scored nine points during the run. Carr had a basket in the paint and a 3-pointer from the wing on the spurt.

UIC trimmed the lead down to seven at 43-36 with 11:43 left, but the Crusaders promptly answered with a 7-2 run. Freshman Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) started the run with a pair of free throws. Gerardot followed up with a three-point play, and Carr closed it out with a layup in transition to put Valpo up 50-38 with 9:52 left.

The Flames followed with a 7-0 run to cut the margin to five. They continued to chip away at the lead and closed to within three at 54-51 with 4:49 to go. Gerardot and junior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) had back-to-back baskets to push the margin back to seven.

Terri Bender banked in a 3-pointer for UIC to get within four, but the Flames could not get the deficit down to one possession. Richards was 9-of-10 at the free throw line in the final two minutes to preserve the win.

The Crusaders finished with a 40-29 rebounding advantage and totaled 15 assists on 21 baskets. In addition to five from Richards, Carr dished out four assists.

Valparaiso attempted 29 free throws, connecting on 22 of them. The Crusaders had a 22-7 edge in made free throws.

Rachel Story led UIC (9-21) with 17 points. Emily Kobel added 10. The Flames finished 4-of-23 from behind the arc.

“We made it extremely hard for them,” Dorow said. “We forced them to take some tough shots, and to their credit, they made some of them to keep the game close.”

Carr totaled a career-best 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Gerardot finished 8-of-11 from the field and 9-of-13 from the free throw line.

Valparaiso (11-19) finishes with a 9-5 record at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Video coverage of Wednesday’s game will be provided by the Horizon League Network. Links for the live video and the live stats will be available on www.valpoathletics.com.

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 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
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