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Crusaders Down Butler for First Horizon League Victory
Play Video Ashley Varner knocks down two of her team-high 13 points against the Bulldogs. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner knocks down two of her team-high 13 points against the Bulldogs. (Ray Acevedo)
Butler (6-10,2-3 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (5-11,1-4 Horizon)
1/14/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 639
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Butler213253
Valparaiso213758
Stats at a GlanceBUVALPO
FG Percentage.388 (19-49) .404 (19-47)
3P FG Percentage.308 (8-26) .400 (8-20)
FT Percentage.778 (7-9) .667 (12-18)
Offensive Rebounds69
Defensive Rebounds2325
Total Rebounds2934
Turnovers1617
Steals79
Bench Points3012
Statistical LeadersBUVALPO
PointsMcDIVITT - 18
VARNER - 13
ReboundsHOWARD - 6
DOUGLAS - 6
RICHARDS - 11
AssistsBRIERLY - 7
RICHARDS - 8
StealsMcDIVITT - 2
RICHARDS - 4
BlocksDOUGLAS - 1
RAKER - 1
HAMM - 1
Ashley Timmerman drives by a Butler defender. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Timmerman drives by a Butler defender. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Valparaiso made a season-high eight three-pointers and the defense came up with key stops down the stretch as the Crusaders defeated Butler 58-53 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center for the Brown and Gold’s first victory of the season in Horizon League play.

“This was a combination of a lot of kids busting their butt for great periods of time,” head coach Keith Freeman said afterwards.  “We’ve done that in nearly every game but one this year.  Making shots is another story though, and today we did that.  With our defense if we shoot 40% we’re going to have a good chance to win.”

Valpo shot 40.4% from the floor in the victory, including a blistering 57.1% over the final 20 minutes.  The Crusaders also connected on 8-of-20 (40%) from three-point range after making just 2-of-33 from beyond the arc in their previous two games combined.

The Crusaders trailed by seven, 42-35, with 11:10 to play before battling back.  Six straight points cut the deficit to one and Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) tied the game at 45 with a free throw at the 4:48 mark.  After a defensive stop, Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) connected on a triple try to give Valpo the lead, one the team would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Lange would hit two free throws to increase the advantage to five with two minutes to play, but Sarah Hamm scored a three-point play in the paint to cut the lead to two.  On Valpo’s next possession, Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) drilled a three from the right side as the shot clock expired to push the lead to five with 1:27 to go. 

“Gina and Varner both hit big threes for us in that second half,” Freeman added.  “We’ve got a core of really, really tough kids that just kept battling.”

The Crusaders forced a miss on the other end and Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) grabbed the rebound and was fouled.  After she made two the lead was seven with 58.6 second to play.

Cobb scored down low and after a Valpo turnover, Mandy McDivitt made her sixth three-pointer of the game for Butler to cut the Crusader advantage to two with 16.0 seconds to go.  Richards was fouled with 8.2 seconds left and made the first free throw.  She missed the second, but grabbed her own rebound, her career-high 11th of the game, and was fouled again.  She made the final two to finish the game 7-of-8 from the stripe and secure the win for Valpo.

The Crusaders jumped out to a quick 7-2 advantage and still led by four with eight minutes remaining in the first half before Butler scored eight straight points to take the lead 19-15.  Valpo battled back though and the two sides went into the locker room tied at 21.

The Brown and Gold scored the first five points of the second half before Butler went on a 14-2 run over six minutes to build a seven-point advantage, only to see Valpo rally.

Varner led the Crusaders with 13 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds as the Crusaders finished the game outboarding the Bulldogs 34-29.  Gerardot and Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) both added 12 points, Timmerman’s all coming from long range.  Lange and Richards both finished with nine points.  Richards added eight assists and four steals in 39 minutes in addition to her career-high 11 boards. 

“Laura was very, very active defensively, especially the last 12 minutes,” Freeman said.  “She got her hands on a lot of loose balls.”

McDivitt led Butler (6-10, 2-3 Horizon) with 18 points, making 6-of-10 from three-point range, while Hamm added 12 points.

Valparaiso (5-11, 1-4) will take to the road next week for a pair of games in Chicago beginning on Thursday evening when the Crusaders travel to Loyola.  Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.

Game Notes: Butler leads the all-time series 20-6 and had won six of the previous seven meetings between the two schools … Valpo is 5-1 this season when shooting better than 40% from the floor … Varner’s nine rebounds mover her by Robyn Lippert (1987-1991) for 16th all-time at Valpo on the career charts with 470 … Richards passed Jeanette Gray (1999-2003) for 13th on the career assist list with 251 … Gerardot matched a career high with three assists … Richards’s eight assists matched a career high and her 11 rebounds bettered her previous career best of nine … Timmerman’s 12 points marked a season best … this was Valpo’s first victory on a Saturday all season in seven tries.

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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
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