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Valpo Opens Final Homestand with Win over Wright State
Play Video Ashley Varner scores two of her 21 points on Thursday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Varner scores two of her 21 points on Thursday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Wright State (19-10, 12-5 HL)
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Valparaiso (9-19, 5-12 HL)
3/1/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 431
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Wright State223860
Valparaiso284270
Stats at a GlanceWSUVALPO
FG Percentage.296 (21-71) .400 (22-55)
3P FG Percentage.192 (5-26) .333 (7-21)
FT Percentage.765 (13-17) .792 (19-24)
Offensive Rebounds1910
Defensive Rebounds2732
Total Rebounds4642
Turnovers1415
Steals69
Bench Points107
Statistical LeadersWSUVALPO
PointsDEMMINGS - 24
GERARDOT - 25
ReboundsSANDIFER - 11
FOX - 11
VARNER - 14
AssistsDEMMINGS - 3
STUCKE - 3
CARR - 3
RICHARDS - 3
TIMMERMAN - 3
VARNER - 3
StealsLAMOTTE - 2
FOX - 2
RICHARDS - 5
BlocksFOX - 1
STUCKE - 1
Gina Lange shoots over a Raider defender. (Ray Acevedo)
Gina Lange shoots over a Raider defender. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) and Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) combined for 46 points and 22 rebounds on Thursday evening as Valparaiso posted a 70-60 victory over Wright State at the Athletics-Recreation Center to remain in the hunt for a home opening round game in the Horizon League Tournament.

“I’m proud of our kids and the energy they had tonight,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “This league is one in which you have to be ready every night.  Anyone can beat anyone on any given night.”

Gerardot finished with a game-high 25 points and pulled down eight boards in 39 minutes of action while Varner added 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, one off of her career high.

“Varner really showed energy,” Freeman stated.  “She hit shots taking it to the rim while Gerardot posted well inside.”

After Wright State scored the game’s opening basket, the Crusaders scored the game’s next 15 points, capped with a Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) triple at the 11:43 mark.  The Raiders opened the game 1-of-18 from the floor.

The Raiders answered, closing within two, 17-15, before Valpo pushed the lead back to seven.  Wright State tied the game at 22 on a three-point play by Kim Demmings, before Varner hit a bucket and Gerardot scored four straight points, including a basket at the horn as the Crusaders took a 28-22 lead into the locker room.

Out of the locker room, Wright State closed to within one as Demmings scored six of the Raiders’ first 10 points to make it a 33-32 game.  The Raiders took their only lead of the second half, 39-38, on a three-pointer by Courtney Boyd at the 13:06 mark. 

Valpo immediately answered, retaking the lead.  With the game tied at 44, Ashley Timmerman (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) took an inbounds pass and scored underneath and was fouled, giving the Crusaders the lead for good. 

“That inbounds play where she curled was a big play for her,” Freeman said afterwards.  “Laura (Richards) made a nice pass.”

Timmerman’s basket started a 15-2 Valpo spurt, which was capped by a triple from Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) as the shot clock wound down, giving the Crusaders a 59-46 lead at the 5:43 mark.

“That’s why I say she (Laura) is in the zone,” Freeman added.  “She’s zeroed in right now.

The Raiders cut the lead to six down the stretch but Valpo made seven-of-eight free throws to secure the victory.

Valpo finished the game shooting 40% from the floor.  In addition to Varner grabbing 14 rebounds, Timmerman pulled down a career-high 10 caroms.

“Timmy rebounded well out of the zone,” Freeman said.  “She’s critical for our team because she’s such a smart player.  She’s one of our most skilled as well.”

Demmings led Wright State (19-10, 12-5 Horizon) with 24 points while Molly Fox added 17 points and 11 boards.  Shaunda Sandifer also added 11 rebounds as the Raiders were held to 29.6% shooting for the game.  Wright State was just 5-of-26 (19.2%) from three-point range.

“I was worried about Demmings because she can single-handedly beat you,” Freeman commented.  “Fox is very good as well. They got their points but we didn’t let the other kids beat us.”

Valparaiso (9-19, 5-12) will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon hosting Detroit on Senior Day.  With a win the Crusaders would still be in the running for one of the two first round home games on Monday night.  Tip-off is slated for 12:05 p.m.  This is a change from the previously scheduled start time.

“We need to be ready to play again Saturday,” Freeman concluded.

Game Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series against Wright State 12-8 and is 9-2 against the Raiders at the ARC … Varner’s 14 boards give her 254 on the season, moving her into fourth on the school’s single season charts … Richards finished the game with five steals and has 73 for the year, eighth most in school history … Valpo scored 70 points in the game after combining for 67 total in the previous two.

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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
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 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
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