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Valpo Falls Short Versus Youngstown State
Play Video Tabitha Gerardot posts up down low on her way to 19 points. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot posts up down low on her way to 19 points. (Ray Acevedo)
Youngstown State (8-6, 2-1 Horizon)
at
Valparaiso (4-11,0-4 Horizon)
1/7/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 370
1st2ndFinal
Youngstown State173855
Valparaiso202848
Stats at a GlanceYSUVALPO
FG Percentage.365 (19-52) .300 (15-50)
3P FG Percentage.276 (8-29) .000 (0-13)
FT Percentage1.000 (9-9) .692 (18-26)
Offensive Rebounds913
Defensive Rebounds2723
Total Rebounds3636
Turnovers1916
Steals99
Bench Points130
Statistical LeadersYSUVALPO
PointsMIDDLEBROOKS - 18
GERARDOT - 19
ReboundsBROWN - 12
VARNER - 15
AssistsFICKIESEN - 4
VARNER - 3
RICHARDS - 3
StealsNORTEY - 2
BROWN - 2
JONES - 2
RICHARDS - 6
BlocksMIDDLEBROOKS - 1
JONES - 1
Gina Lange looks around a Penguin defender. (Ray Acevedo)
Gina Lange looks around a Penguin defender. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Valparaiso took a three-point lead into the final eight minutes of the game but a 10-1 run by Youngstown State gave the Penguins the lead for good and they hung on to defeat the Crusaders 55-48 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“Our kids kept battling,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “The level of respect I have four our kids and how hard they play is so high.  We just don’t shoot the ball well enough.  We need to be able to knock down shots.  Fatigue will make you struggle from the arc.”

Valpo, which dressed just six players, saw all five starters play at least 38 minutes in the game.  The Crusaders went nearly eight minutes down the stretch without a field goal, staying close with free throws.  Valpo shot just 30% from the floor on the night and went 0-for-13 from three-point range.

Neither squad shot the ball well in the opening half as Valpo started just 3-of-24 from the floor while the Penguins were 6-of-22 while committing 10 turnovers over the game’s opening 16 minutes.  Trailing by one late in the half, Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) put Valpo on top with a pair of layups and Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) also scored inside as a late 6-0 run gave the Crusaders a 20-17 advantage at the break.

Youngstown State scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half to take a 25-22 lead and still held the lead until Ashley Varner’s (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) putback at the 13:12 mark tied the contest.  That started a 10-0 Valpo run that saw the Brown and Gold build a 36-28 advantage with 10:34 to go.

The Penguins answered with seven straight points to close within one.  Kenya Middlebrooks three-pointer tied the game at 40 and Brandi Brown eventually gave Youngstown State the lead for good with her jumper at the 7:22 mark.  Middlebrooks fourth triple of the game extended the lead to six and Valpo could manage only free throws down the stretch until a lay-in in the game’s final minute.

“They did a nice job with their motion,” Freeman added.  “Give them credit.  They are hard to guard with so much movement.  We had some grind it out possessions defensively.”

The Crusaders drew within two, 47-45 at the 3:46 mark but the Penguins capped a perfect day at the free throw line making six in the final 1:09.

Gerardot led the Crusaders with a game-high 19 points while Lange added 13 for the Brown and Gold.  Varner pulled down a career-high 15 boards while Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) matched her career-best with six steals as Valpo forced 19 turnovers.

“I was really impressed with the way our kids stepped up and defended,” Freeman concluded.  “Our man-to-man was very good.”

Kenya Middlebrooks led Youngstown State (8-6, 2-1 Horizon) with 18 points while Brandi Brown added nine points and 12 boards.

Valparaiso (4-11, 0-3) will have a week off before concluding its three-game homestand next Saturday afternoon hosting Butler at the ARC. Tip-off is set for 1:35 p.m.

Game Notes: Youngstown State leads the all-time series 17-13 and have won three straight meetings … Valpo is 2-of-33 from three-point range over the last two games … Varner passed Sarah Schmoyer to move into 17th all-time at Valpo with 461 career boards … Varner’s previous career high on the glass was 12 twice earlier this season.

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
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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay