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Crusaders Head to Detroit for New Year's Eve Day Clash with the Titans
Laura Richards and Valpo look to close 2011 on a high note. (Ray Acevedo)
Laura Richards and Valpo look to close 2011 on a high note. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (4-9, 0-2 Horizon)
at
Detroit (6-8, 2-0 Horizon)
12/31/2011 | Detroit, Mich. - Calihan Hall | Attendance: 294
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso262652
Detroit402868
Stats at a GlanceVALPODETROIT
FG Percentage.345 (20-58) .473 (26-55)
3P FG Percentage.238 (5-21) .375 (9-24)
FT Percentage.778 (7-9) .875 (7-8)
Offensive Rebounds1511
Defensive Rebounds1825
Total Rebounds3336
Turnovers1815
Steals89
Bench Points1319
Statistical LeadersVALPODETROIT
PointsVARNER - 16
SHEARER - 13
ReboundsVARNER - 10
GERARDOT - 10
SHAYOK - 7
AssistsRICHARDS - 3
GERARDOT - 3
JONES - 6
StealsRICHARDS - 4
JONES - 4
BlocksALLEN - 1
SHAYOK - 1

Friday, December 30, 2011

Valparaiso (4-8, 0-1 Horizon)
Game #13: Saturday, December 31, 2011, 11 a.m. CST
at Detroit (5-8, 1-0 Horizon)
Calihan Hall (8,295) - Detroit, Mich.

Upcoming in Crusader Basketball: Valparaiso will look for its first Horizon League victory of the season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders close out the 2011 calendar year in the Motor City facing Detroit.  With a victory, the Crusaders would close the month of December with a winning record as well.

On the Air: Saturday’s game will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at valpoathletics.com.  Chris Kleinhans-Schulz and Mike Targonski will call all of the action live from Calihan Hall.  The game can also be seen live online through valpoathletics.com as part of the Horizon League Network.  Live stats will be available through valpoathletics.com for all games this season as well.

Head Coach Keith Freeman: In his 18th season on the Valparaiso bench, Keith Freeman has a 280-234 (.545) record at the helm of the Brown and Gold.  In his 23rd season overall, Freeman has a 409-281 (.595) career mark.  He is Valpo’s all-time winningest coach and has amassed more than half of the victories in the program’s history.

Series Notes: Valparaiso and Detroit are meeting for the 14th time in a series that dates back to 1989.  The Titans lead the all-time series 8-5 after taking two of the three contests one year ago.  Detroit won in the Motor City 68-52 during the regular season while the Crusaders were 57-46 victors at the ARC.  The Titans won the rubber match though, 57-50, on March 7 at Calihan Hall in Detroit in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament.  Detroit has won five of the last six meetings between the two schools overall and holds a 4-3 advantage all-time in Michigan.

Wrapping Up Wright State: The Crusaders rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit, cutting the Raider lead to just two, but Wright State made three three-pointers in a 1:08 span to regain control on Wednesday evening and defeat Valpo 58-42 at the Wright State Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.  Valpo shot just 28.8% from the floor on the evening.  Gina Lange led the Crusaders with 10 points and six rebounds while Tabitha Gerardot, Ashley Timmerman, and Jessica Carr each added eight points.  Kim Demmings led Wright State with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Scouting Detroit: The Titans have won four straight games overall following a 72-60 victory over Butler at home on Thursday evening to open Horizon League play.  Shareta Brown leads Detroit and ranks third in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per contest while also ranking seventh on the glass with 8.8 rebounds per night.  She has posted five double-doubles on the year.  Senee Shearer adds 8.2 points per game for the Titans.  As a team, Detroit is scoring 63.0 points per game and shooting 40.6% from the floor while allowing 62.4 points per contest.

Quite the Holiday Thief: Laura Richards has registered 16 steals over Valpo’s last three games and now ranks second in the Horizon League averaging 2.6 thefts per contest.  The junior point guard posted a career high with six steals on Wednesday evening against Wright State after tallying five against both Eastern Illinois and Ball State.

Closing in on the Top-20: Ashley Varner is just two rebounds away from moving into the top-20 on the Crusaders’ career rebounding charts.  The fifth-year senior has pulled down 426 career boards, just two behind Shari Toelke (1990-1994) for 20th place.  Varner is also just three boards in back of Jenna Stangler (2001-2005) for 19th place and eight rebounds behind Linda Batz (1987-1990) for 18th on the career charts.

Gerardot Double Figure Scoring Streak Ends: Tabitha Gerardot saw her string of seven straight double figure scoring games come to an end on Wednesday against Wright State.  The sophomore post finished with just eight points against the Raiders.  Gerardot ranks 18th in the Horizon League in scoring, tallying 11.6 points per contest.

Double Trouble: Ashley Varner registered her second straight double-double, and third of the season just before Christmas against Eastern Illinois.  The senior scored a season-high 19 points and matched her career high with 12 rebounds against the Panthers.  She also had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds at Ball State and scored 18 points while grabbing 12 boards against IPFW on Dec. 6.  Varner now has four career double-doubles.

Cutting Down on Turnovers: Valparaiso committed just 14 turnovers on Wednesday evening against Wright State, its second fewest total of the season.  The Crusaders turned the ball over 11 times in the first half before protecting the basketball during the final 20 minutes.  The fewest turnovers in a game for Valpo this season came against Western Illinois when the Crusaders committed just 12 for the contest.

No Window Cleaning Here: Valpo grabbed a season-low 28 turnovers against Wright State in the loss on Wednesday evening, 20 fewer than the Raiders.  The Crusaders were outrebounded 11-3 on the offensive end of the floor, but gave up just five second chance points for the entire game.

Playing Defense: Valpo leads the Horizon League in scoring defense this season, allowing just 56.3 points per contest.  The Crusaders have allowed just one opponent to score more than 70 points against them (Montana State, 71).

Looking for a Winning December: With a win against Detroit, the Crusaders would finish over .500 in the month of December with a 4-3 record.  Valpo has not had a winning month since going 3-1 in November of 2009.

Welcome to Valpo: Ieva Jansone made her Crusader debut on Wednesday evening against Wright State.  The junior from Latvia had to sit the first 11 games of the season per the NCAA, but played 14 minutes against the Raiders.

Richards on Career Assists Chart: Laura Richards has moved into 17th place all-time at Valpo with 222 assists, passing Lynda Kukla (1988-1992) on the career charts.  She is two helpers behind Stephanie Greer (1987-1991) for 16th place on the career list and six assists behind Lina Mascarenas (1988-1992) and Betsy Rietema (2003-2007) for 14th place.

Not Much Contact Here: With such a short bench, fouls have become a premium this season for the Crusaders.  Valpo has done a good job of staying out of foul trouble all season, committing just 151 total fouls in 12 games, an average of 12.6 per contest, the 13th fewest in the country.

Who’s in the Lineup Tonight?: Due to injuries and illnesses this season, only three Crusaders have appeared in all 12 games this season.  Gina Lange, Tabitha Gerardot, and Ashley Varner are the only players that have played in and started each contest.

Adams Seventh All-Time: Betsy Adams is in seventh place all-time in school history for three-pointers made.  She has 146 career triples, just ahead of Megan Newcomer (1996-2000).  Next up on the list in sixth place is Jamie Gutowski (2002-2006) with 151, just five ahead of Adams.  Adams is also sixth all-time with 423 career triple tries, 15 behind Kathryn Knoester (2000-2004) for a spot in the top-five on the attempts list.

Gerardot Garners All-Tournament Team Accolades: Tabitha Gerardot was named to the Omni Hotels Classic All-Tournament Team following her efforts last weekend against Colorado and Montana State.  The sophomore forward averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest while shooting 57.1% (8-of-14) from the floor in Boulder, Colo.

Valpo in the Preseason Polls: Valparaiso was tabbed to finish ninth in the Horizon League this season in the preseason coaches, media, and sports information directors poll.  Green Bay was picked to win their 14th consecutive Horizon League regular season title.

Valpo Signs Three for 2012-2013: Coach Keith Freeman added three players for next year’s class that have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Brown and Gold beginning next fall.  Joining the Crusader roster in 2012-2013 are guards Abby Dean (5-10, Carmel, Ind./Carmel H.S.), Sarah Godwin (5-10, Yardley, Pa./Princeton Day H.S. [N.J.]), and Jessi Wiedemann (6-0, Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.).

This and That: The Crusaders forced 19 turnovers against Wright State, the second most by the team this season ... Ashley Varner is just 21 points shy of 500 for her career while Tabitha Gerardot needs just 30 points to reach the 500-point plateau ... Valpo managed just four points in the paint against Wright State ... the Crusaders have yet to win this season when shooting a lower percentage from the floor than their opponents.

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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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