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Crusaders End Homestand Falling to Cincinnati on Sunday
Tabitha Gerardot recorded her first collegiate double-double on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot recorded her first collegiate double-double on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

For 20 minutes Valparaiso hung with Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon.  However, for the Crusaders, it happened to be the second half after a cold shooting first stanza as the Bearcats defeated Valpo 65-51 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“I still believe in these kids,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We have great chemistry and I think they will continue to work on their game to become a good team.  It just takes time.”

Valpo shot just 29.2% in the first half, falling behind 31-17 at the break before making a run at Cincinnati.  A 13-3 run over the first five-and-a-half minutes out of the locker room pulled the Crusaders within four, 34-30.  Rashida Ray (Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding H.S.) scored seven points during the spurt, beginning and ending the run with three-pointers.

The Bearcats responded though, making five of their first six three-point attempts of the second half, including four during an 18-3 run that broke the game back open, and gave Cincinnati a 52-33 lead with 11 minutes to play in the game.

The lead never got larger than 19 for Cincinnati, but Valpo never managed to cut the deficit below 13 the rest of the way.

Cincinnati (5-0) jumped out top quickly, scoring the game’s first nine points.  The Bearcats slowly increased the lead to 14, 24-10, with four minutes to play in the half, and eventually to as many as 17 before taking the 14 point lead into the locker room.

“In the first half we passed up very good shots in order to drive into traffic and created less desirable shots,” Freeman said.  “In the second half we were much better.  Tabitha (Gerardot) was much better in her approach to playing.”

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) recorded her first collegiate double-double for the Crusaders, scoring all 10 of her points in the second half while adding 10 rebounds, seven in the final 20 minutes.  She pulled down five offensive rebounds as the Brown and Gold had 17 second chance opportunities in the game.

Skyler Gick (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central H.S.) added a season-high eight points and five assists while Ray and Stefanie Lang (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) each had seven points.

Valpo finished the game shooting just 34.5% from the floor and the Crusaders went just 4-of-11 (36.4%) from the free throw line.

“On a positive note, there have been two areas we have not been so good in coming in, rebounding and turning the ball over” Freeman added.  “Today we did a much better job in both areas.  The fact we had 17 offensive boards shows we were aggressive and we committed just 11 turnovers.”

Shareese Ulis led the Bearcats with 19 points while Kayla Cook added 15 points and five assists.  Chanel Chisholm had 11 boards and three blocks for Cincinnati.

Valparaiso (1-4) will return to the hardwood on Friday evening as the Crusaders face host Evansville in the first round of the Dunn Hospitality/UE Winter Classic.  Tip-off is set for approximately 7:30 p.m. in Evansville, Ind.

Game Notes: Valpo’s leading scorer Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) was held scoreless … Gerardot’s 10 points tied a season high … Ray’s seven points also were a season high … Valpo had 12 assists to just 11 turnovers, the first time this year the Crusaders had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio … Cincinnati has won all three meetings between the two schools.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W 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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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