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Valparaiso upends Detroit to get Senior Day win
Play Video Gina Lange had a game-high 20 points in the win over Detroit. (Ray Acevedo)
Gina Lange had a game-high 20 points in the win over Detroit. (Ray Acevedo)
DETROIT (16-12 (9-7))
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Valparaiso (10-19 (5-11))
3/9/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 658
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DETROIT341953
Valparaiso314273
Stats at a GlanceDETROITVALPO
FG Percentage.333 (20-60) .491 (27-55)
3P FG Percentage.333 (9-27) .500 (7-14)
FT Percentage.800 (4-5) .800 (12-15)
Offensive Rebounds1011
Defensive Rebounds1731
Total Rebounds2742
Turnovers1315
Steals128
Bench Points822
Statistical LeadersDETROITVALPO
PointsFAMBRO - 17
LANGE - 20
ReboundsBROWN - 10
RICHARDS - 11
AssistsSHAYOK - 4
REYNOLDS - 4
RICHARDS - 5
StealsSHAYOK - 3
MATTESON - 3
SHEARER - 3
FAMBRO - 3
LANGE - 2
RICHARDS - 2
WIEDEMANN - 2
BlocksSHAYOK - 1
HATTER - 1
RICHARDS - 2
Laura Richards had six points, 11 rebounds and five assists against Detroit. (Ray Acevedo)
Laura Richards had six points, 11 rebounds and five assists against Detroit. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) scored a game-high 20 points and senior Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville) tied a career-best with 11 rebounds, and Valparaiso outscored Detroit by 23 in the second half to get a 73-53 victory on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The victory clinches the No. 8 seed for the Crusaders. Valparaiso will host UIC in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Monday night at 7 p.m.

Valpo, which trailed 34-31 at halftime, outscored the Titans 42-19 in the second half. The Crusaders shot 52 percent from the field in the second half (15-of-29) and limited the Titans to 8-of-28 shooting from the floor. Valparaiso had 23-12 rebounding edge over the final 20 minutes.

“Defensively, we were much better in the second half, and I am really proud of that,” Crusader head coach Tracey Dorow said. “We played really well both ways in that second half. It was one of the best 20 minutes we have put together this year.”

The two teams traded baskets over the opening seven minutes of the second half. Rosanna Reynolds put Detroit ahead 47-44 with 12:51 to go. Lange followed up with back-to-back buckets to give the Crusaders the lead for good. Her first hoop came in transition after a steal from freshman Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd). Her second basket gave the Crusaders the lead 48-47 with 10:32 left.

Junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) followed with an offensive rebound and putback. Lange had two baskets, and Wiedemann closed out a 12-0 run with a steal and layup. Wiedemann finished with a career-high 13 points.

Four-straight points from Shareta Brown trimmed the Valpo lead to five at the 5:01 mark. Valparaiso closed the game on a 17-2 run. Sophomore Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) started the run with a pair of free throws. Richards followed with a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Crusaders up 61-51.

Sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) put Valpo up 12 with a basket. Then Lange followed with four points, while Wiedemann, freshman Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich/Caledonia) and Scott each had two points in the final 80 seconds.

Lange was 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 at the free throw line for her second 20-point game of the season. Gerardot scored 14 points, and Richards totaled six points, a career-high tying 11 rebounds and five assists.

Carr finished with eight points, and Scott added seven points and eight rebounds. Valparaiso had a 42-27 rebounding edge for the contest.

“We really focused on blocking out and making it hard for them to get the easy board,” Dorow said. “They still rebounded the ball in the first half, but we rebounded much better in the second half. We tracked the ball much better and pursued it much better at both ends.”

Detroit led 14-12 early in the contest, but the Crusaders built an eight-point lead with a 10-0 run. Gerardot had eight of her 12 first-half points during the run. She had a pair of baskets, and after two Lange free throws, followed that up with two more baskets.

The Titans reeled off 11-straight points to retake the lead at 25-22 with 7:46 left. Demeisha Famrbo, Brown and Audrey Matteson each had 3-pointers during the run.

Detroit built the lead up to six, but Scott drained a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to cut Detroit’s lead to three at halftime.

Fambro led Detroit (16-12, 9-7 HL) with 17 points. Brown added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Valparaiso (10-19, 5-11) will host a Horizon League Tournament game for the third time in school history. The Crusaders will be looking for their first-ever home HL Tournament win at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 11. The game can be seen live on the Horizon League Network. Links for the live video and 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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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