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Mallory Ladd registered her first collegiate double-double Wednesday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Crusaders Earn First Win Downing Indiana-Northwest
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Indiana-Northwest (1-7)
Valparaiso (1-5)
11/30/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 514
Stats at a GlanceIUNVALPO
FG Percentage.279 (17-61) .448 (30-67)
3P FG Percentage.111 (2-18) .261 (6-23)
FT Percentage.917 (11-12) .583 (14-24)
Offensive Rebounds1322
Defensive Rebounds2131
Total Rebounds3453
Bench Points2229
Statistical LeadersIUNVALPO
PointsHOUSTON - 18
ReboundsHOUSTON - 9
LADD - 10
AssistsKELLER - 2
CARR - 6
LADD - 6
StealsHOUSTON - 3
CARR - 4
BlocksHOUSTON - 3
Ashley Varner finished with eight points and 10 rebounds against the Redhawks. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner finished with eight points and 10 rebounds against the Redhawks. (Ray Acevedo)

Paced by double-doubles from Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) and Mallory Ladd (Evansville, Ind./Memorial H.S.), seven players scored seven or more points for Valparaiso on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders picked up their first victory of the season, defeating Indiana-Northwest 80-47 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“Tab is really playing within herself instead of trying to create things,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.  “She has become a much better player in the last two to three weeks.”

Gerardot scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive end, for her second straight double-double and 11th of her career while Ladd tallied 13 points and grabbed 10 boards for her first collegiate double-double.  Gerardot finished the game 7-of-10 from the floor.

Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) added 14 points while Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) pulled down 10 rebounds for the Crusaders to go along with eight points.  Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) scored 10 points, all in the second half as well.

“Shaq got us off to a good start tonight scoring the first five points and getting a steal,” Freeman added.  “She’s a product of learning on the fly because of our circumstances.  She has a lot of talent and potential.”

Valpo jumped on top 8-0 over the game’s first three-and-a-half minutes and never looked back as the Crusaders forced the Redhawks to miss their first nine shots from the floor.  The lead grew to 26-8 midway through the opening stanza and by halftime the Brown and Gold had a 41-17 advantage.

The Crusaders opened the second half with a 15-2 run over the first seven minutes and had their biggest lead of the game at 40, 63-23, at the 10:48 mark.

“We did a nice job moving the ball to begin the second half,” said Freeman.  “We got some good inside looks.”

Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve H.S.) scored a career-high nine points while Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights H.S.) chipped in seven points six assists, and four steals.  Ladd also had a career-high six helpers for the Brown and Gold.

“We got a chance to get some people some minutes and to see what they can do,” Freeman added.  “WE’re just trying to get better as a team.”

As a team Valpo shot 44.8% from the floor and outrebounded the Redhawks 53-34.  The Crusaders outscored Indiana-Northwest 38-14 in the paint.

Sharon Houston led Indiana-Northwest (1-7) with 18 points and nine boards as the Redhawks connected on just 27.9% from the field.

Valparaiso (1-5) will continue its three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon hosting the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh.  Tip-off is slated for 12:05 p.m. at the ARC.

Game Notes: This was the first meeting ever between the two Northwest Indiana schools … Varner has had seven or more boards in every game this season … Carr’s six assists were a career-best as were the four steals … Gerardot’s 19 points marked a season high … Horton entered the game with seven career points before scoring nine on the evening … her 19 minutes played were a collegiate best … Scott had a career-best seven rebounds.