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Crusaders Earn First Win Downing Indiana-Northwest
Play Video Mallory Ladd registered her first collegiate double-double Wednesday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Mallory Ladd registered her first collegiate double-double Wednesday night. (Ray Acevedo)
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11/30/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 514
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Indiana-Northwest173047
Valparaiso413980
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
Turnovers1917
Steals119
Bench Points2229
Statistical LeadersIUNVALPO
PointsHOUSTON - 18
GERARDOT - 19
ReboundsHOUSTON - 9
GERARDOT - 10
VARNER - 10
LADD - 10
AssistsKELLER - 2
GROSS - 2
WILLS - 2
HICKENBOTTOM - 2
CARR - 6
LADD - 6
StealsHOUSTON - 3
CARR - 4
BlocksHOUSTON - 3
RICHARDS - 2
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)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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.

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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
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 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
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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
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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