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Lehigh Prevails over Valpo 41-39
Play Video Shaquira Scott score nine points against Lehigh. (Ray Acevedo)
Shaquira Scott score nine points against Lehigh. (Ray Acevedo)
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12/3/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 406
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Lehigh212041
Valparaiso221739
Stats at a GlanceLEHIGHVALPO
FG Percentage.326 (14-43) .281 (16-57)
3P FG Percentage.211 (4-19) .063 (1-16)
FT Percentage.643 (9-14) .545 (6-11)
Offensive Rebounds713
Defensive Rebounds3323
Total Rebounds4036
Turnovers2717
Steals714
Bench Points262
Statistical LeadersLEHIGHVALPO
PointsGRATCH - 10
GERARDOT - 12
ReboundsWILLIAMS - 13
VARNER - 11
AssistsWEAVER - 2
WILLIAMS - 2
RICHARDS - 2
StealsWEAVER - 3
GUMAN - 3
VARNER - 4
BlocksPETERSON - 2
Tabitha Gerardot scored a game-high 12 points. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot scored a game-high 12 points. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Valparaiso had a chance on its final possession to tie or win on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but the Crusaders could not convert and fell 41-39 to Lehigh.

In a game that was a defensive battle, the two schools combined to shoot just 30% from the floor and forced 44 turnovers. 

“It was a grind it out game,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “For our team to have a chance today, I felt like we had to play good defense and we did.  Unfortunately we had to lose this game and that’s very tough.  I’m proud of our kids for competing.”

Valpo led by one at the break, and after the Mountain Hawks scored the first basket of the second half, the Crusaders answered and maintained the advantage for the next 13 minutes.  A 6-0 run, keyed by a pair of lay-ins by Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) sandwiched around a Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) lay-up gave the Brown and Gold its largest lead of the game, 35-29, at the 10:56 mark.

Lehigh answered, and following a steal and a three-pointer by Kelly Peterson, tied the game at 37 with 6:40 to play.

“The difference in the game came down to a couple of our turnovers being converted into threes,” Freeman added.  “That was a really big play.”

Neither team would score for the next three minutes before the Mountain Hawks got a basket as well as a pair of free throws from Emily Gratch and took a four-point lead with 3:18 to go. 

Gerardot made two free throws with 2:40 to play, but neither team would score again the rest of the way. Valpo went the final 7:44 without a field goal.

The Mountain Hawks missed a front end of a one-and-one with 15 seconds to play.  Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) missed jumper but Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) grabbed the offensive board.  She went up with a put-back, but time expired on the Crusaders.

“They did a great job defending us at the end, going zone,” Freeman stated.  “Ashley Varner made a tremendous effort to get to the glass.”

Neither team started the game strong offensively, with Valpo holding a 3-1 advantage through nearly eight minutes of play.  Lehigh built an 11-6 advantage before the Crusaders responded.

Scott drained a triple with 4:37 to play in the half to cap a 12-2 Valpo spurt and give the Crusaders their first lead of the game.  The lead went back and forth before intermission with Varner hitting a jumper just before break to give Valpo a 22-21 advantage at intermission.

Gerardot led the Crusaders with 12 points, while Scott added nine and Varner eight.  Varner also pulled down a team-leading 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end of the floor.

Gratch led Lehigh (3-6) off of the bench with 10 points while Alexa Williams grabbed 13 boards.  The Mountain Hawks outrebounded Valpo 40-34 on the day.

Valpo shot 28.1% from the field, including just 23.3% in the second half.  The Crusaders made just 1-of-16 from three-point range as well.  Lehigh connected on just 32.6% for the game.

“I’m proud with our kids in that when we weren’t shooting well it’s easy to get soft on defense,” Freeman added.  “We continued to fight and claw on each possession and that’s a positive.  Our kids have had a lot of adversity over the last 24 hours.  I like how we came together and competed as one today.”

Valparaiso (1-6) will wrap up its three-game homestand at the ARC on Tuesday evening.  Tip-off against IPFW is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes: The all-time series is tied 1-1 … prior to the game Freeman announced that Mallory Ladd (Evansville, Ind./Memorial H.S.) has left the program to return home to Evansville … Valpo shot just 6-of-11 from the free throw line … the Crusaders forced a season-high 27 turnovers by Lehigh … Varner tied her career high with 11 rebounds … Varner also had  a career-best four steals … Lehigh outscored the Crusaders 26-2 off of the bench.

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