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Crusaders Hang with Pitt Before Falling 65-56
Jessica Carr scored a career-high 10 points against the Panthers. (Ray Acevedo)
Jessica Carr scored a career-high 10 points against the Panthers. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (2-7)
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Pittsburgh (5-5)
12/10/2011 | Pittsburgh, Pa. - Petersen Events Center | Attendance: 1542
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso213556
Pittsburgh293665
Stats at a GlanceVALPOPITT
FG Percentage.377 (20-53) .400 (26-65)
3P FG Percentage.333 (5-15) .500 (2-4)
FT Percentage.579 (11-19) .579 (11-19)
Offensive Rebounds1219
Defensive Rebounds2324
Total Rebounds3543
Turnovers2115
Steals59
Bench Points1027
Statistical LeadersVALPOPITT
PointsGERARDOT - 13
DAVIS - 17
ReboundsGERARDOT - 8
DUNN - 10
AssistsRICHARDS - 3
DAVIS - 3
StealsLANGE - 2
VARNER - 2
DAVIS - 3
ANDERSON - 3
BlocksGERARDOT - 1
DUNN - 3

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Valparaiso was within two points of Big East foe Pittsburgh with under eight minutes to play on Saturday afternoon before an 8-0 run broke the game open and the Panthers went on to a 65-56 victory over the Crusaders at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“Our kids really played hard today,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We knew it would be a battle and we were in a position late in the game where we had a chance to win.  Considering last year they beat us by 35 points at our place, this was a much different type of game.”

Valpo took its first lead of the game, 7-6, on a Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) jumper with 12:32 to play in the opening half.  The lead went back-and-forth six times over the next several minutes before a Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) triple at the 8:14 mark tied the game at 14.

The Crusaders hung close most of the rest of the first half, trailing by just two, 23-21, with under two minutes to play following a Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) lay-in.

Pittsburgh ended the half scoring six straight points though to take a 29-21 lead into the locker room.

Valpo committed 14 first half turnovers and shot just 31% from the floor, but remained within striking distance.

The Crusaders came out of the locker room scoring the first four points to cut the deficit in half as the Panthers missed their first six shots of the stanza while also committing three turnovers.

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) pulled Valpo within one, 31-30, with just over 14 minutes to play after draining her first three-pointer of the season.

“We did a good job coming out the second half and cutting the deficit pretty quickly,” Freeman added.

After Pitt pushed the lead back to five, the Crusaders again fought back, making four straight free throws to make it a one-point game with 10 minutes to play.

The lead again grew to five but Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights H.S.) made a triple as the shot clock expired to make it 42-40 at the eight minute mark.

The Panthers scored on their next possession, and then Abby Dowd connected on a three, her only basket of the game.  After a Crusader miss, Kyra Dunn converted a three-point play in the post following three offensive rebounds and the Pitt lead was at 10 with six minutes to go.

A Carr lay-up with six minutes to play pulled Valpo to within six, but the teams traded baskets and free throws down the stretch as the Panthers held on.

The Crusaders shot nearly 46% from the field in the second half to finish at 37.7% for the game and cut down on their turnovers, committing just seven after halftime, including just one over the final 15 minutes.

“We shot the ball better in the second half,” Freeman said.  “The kids playing on the floor were really trying hard.  The margin for error against a team like this is just so small.”

Gerardot led Valpo with 13 points and eight rebounds while Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) added 11 points and seven boards.  Carr also scored 10 points, a career high for the freshman.

Marquel Davis led Pittsburgh (5-5) with 17 points while Dunn added 11 points and 10 rebounds.  The Panthers outrebounded Valpo 43-35, including 19-12 on the offensive end.

“Our first line of defense was pretty good today,” Freeman concluded.  “Our ability to keep them off of the boards was tough because of their strength and size.”

Valparaiso (2-7) will have eight days off before returning to the court next Sunday, Dec. 18, against Ball State.  Tip-off is slated for 12 p.m. CST in Muncie, Ind.

Game Notes: Pittsburgh has won all three meetings between the two schools … Valpo has never defeated a Big East opponent … Varner has now grabbed seven or more rebounds in all nine games this season … Carr’s previous career high was seven points against Indiana-Northwest … Gerardot led the Crusaders in scoring for the third time this season … both teams were just 11-of-19 from the free throw line.

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Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
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Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
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Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
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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)
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Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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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
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Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
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Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
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Apr 18 Valpo 11
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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
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Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
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Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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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
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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