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Crusader Women Never Trail, Defeat Indiana Friday Night
Play Video Laura Richards posted five points, nine rebounds and eight assists on Friday. (Loren Schmidt)
Laura Richards posted five points, nine rebounds and eight assists on Friday. (Loren Schmidt)
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11/9/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 867
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Indiana292352
Valparaiso313364
Stats at a GlanceIUVALPO
FG Percentage.377 (23-61) .451 (23-51)
3P FG Percentage.133 (2-15) .471 (8-17)
FT Percentage.667 (4-6) .714 (10-14)
Offensive Rebounds1113
Defensive Rebounds1828
Total Rebounds2941
Turnovers1624
Steals135
Bench Points1613
Statistical LeadersIUVALPO
PointsSinclair - 20
SCOTT - 17
ReboundsTaufa - 8
RICHARDS - 9
AssistsMcGhee - 2
Sinclair - 2
Chaplin - 2
Newbauer - 2
RICHARDS - 8
StealsArnold - 4
GERARDOT - 3
BlocksArnold - 1
Sinclair - 1
Taufa - 1
Deloach - 1
Chaplin - 1
SCOTT - 1

Friday, November 09, 2012

The Valparaiso women's basketball team made sure head coach Tracey Dorow's debut on the Crusader sidelines would be one she would remember for a lifetime, as Valpo never trailed in defeating Big Ten foe Indiana 64-52 Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

"“I’m very proud of these young ladies,” said Dorow. “They just battled the entire time. It definitely wasn't pretty tonight, but we refocused at the half and we did a really nice job."

Nearly the first three minutes of the opening-night contest went by scoreless, with both sides struggling to find rhythm early on. Junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) finally broke the seal on the basket with a triple at the 17:02 mark, and just over 70 seconds later, freshman Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) knocked down a 3-pointer on the fast break for her first collegiate basket, giving the Crusaders a 6-0 edge over four minutes into the ballgame.

IU scored the next six points to tie the game briefly, but Valpo ran off 10 quick points over a stretch of less than two minutes to go ahead double figures at 16-6. Gerardot found junior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) inside for a layup to start the spurt, and then Gerardot hit her second triple of the game on Valpo's next trip. Following a Hoosier miss, sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) grabbed the board and pulled up on the break for a fast-break basket, and Horton made it ten straight Crusader points with a 3-pointer at the 11:48 mark.

Indiana would slowly trim the deficit, eventually tying the game late in the opening period. After a basket with 26 seconds left moved the Hoosiers into a 29-29 tie, the Crusaders opted not to play for the last shot, instead running the ball right back up the court. Senior Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville) found Scott for a fast-break layup to send Valpo into the locker room ahead 31-29.

A pair of seniors teamed up for the decisive Crusader run in the second half. Still leading by just two points at 39-37 with under 15 minutes to play, senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) hit an innocuous mid-range jumper to push the lead back to four points. Two possessions later, Richards knocked down a wide open 3-pointer to make it 44-37 Crusaders, and following an IU miss, Lange converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to give Valpo another double-figure lead at 47-37.

The Crusader advantage never fell under six points the rest of the way, and they enjoyed a double-figure advantage for most of the remainder of the game. A 3-pointer by senior Ieva Jansone (Riga, Latvia/Agenskalna Gymnasium [Miles]) with 4:05 to play gave Valpo its largest lead at 58-45, and while the Hoosiers scored five straight to close within 58-50 with 2:53 remaining, Gerardot hit her third 3-pointer of the contest to slam the door as the Crusaders earned the win over the major-conference foe.

Scott led three Crusaders in double figures on Friday with 17 points, while Lange scored 12 and Gerardot added 11 points and seven rebounds. Richards filled up the stat sheet with five points and nine rebounds, while also tying her career high with eight assists. Valpo shot 47.1% (8-of-17) from behind the arc on the day and enjoyed a massive 41-29 rebounding edge over the Hoosiers.

"We made rebounding a focus all week, and we really did a nice job on the boards tonight," said Dorow.

Indiana (0-1) was led by Aulani Sinclair, who poured in a game-high 20 points, but no other Hoosier reached double figures. Milika Taufa added eight points and eight rebounds in the losing effort.

Valparaiso (1-0) closes out a brief two-game homestand to open the regular season next Wednesday, Nov. 14 as the Crusaders host Purdue Calumet at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard live on WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) and seen live on the Horizon League Network, with links to both, as well as live stats, available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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