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Crusaders Drop Test at #4 Duke
Charae Richardson handed out six assists Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Charae Richardson handed out six assists Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (2-3)
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4/4 Duke (3-0)
11/23/2012 | Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium) | Attendance: 4251
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Valparaiso222345
4/4 Duke484290
Stats at a GlanceVALPODUKE
FG Percentage.286 (18-63) .479 (34-71)
3P FG Percentage.267 (8-30) .333 (3-9)
FT Percentage.250 (1-4) .760 (19-25)
Offensive Rebounds1124
Defensive Rebounds1733
Total Rebounds2857
Turnovers2518
Steals815
Bench Points1835
Statistical LeadersVALPODUKE
PointsGERARDOT - 8
Elizabeth Williams - 18
ReboundsGERARDOT - 6
Tricia Liston - 12
AssistsRICHARDSON - 6
Chelsea Gray - 6
StealsGERARDOT - 3
Alexis Jones - 4
BlocksGERARDOT - 1
LANGE - 1
Elizabeth Williams - 3
Allison Vernerey - 3

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Valparaiso women's basketball team hung around with the nation's fourth-ranked team in #4/4 Duke early on Friday evening in Durham, N.C., but the Blue Devils eventually pulled away and defeated the Crusaders by a 90-45 final.

“Obviously we ran into a very good Duke team,” said Crusader head coach Tracey Dorow.  “I thought they played extremely well. I thought they executed well, put a lot of pressure on us, got a lot of tips on balls, got a lot of turnovers.  I really thought our kids did a great job of scrapping, hustling and never giving up.  I am proud of our team for doing that without our starting point guard, a senior point guard who averages 38 minutes a game and is really the glue to telling the rest of the girls what to do and when to do it.  I thought we bounced back pretty well, but it’s a big struggle and we are growing in that area.”

The Crusaders led early on in Friday's contest, as an early 3-pointer from redshirt junior Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) and a jumper from senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) gave Valpo the 5-4 edge at the game's first media timeout.  Duke scored eight of the next ten points to claim a 12-7 lead, but Valpo answered with a 3-pointer from sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) and a jumper by junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Caledonia) to tie the game at 12 just over six minutes in.

The Blue Devils got a fast-break layup from Elizabeth Williams and then a third-chance 3-pointer by Chelsea Gray to push ahead by five points, but the latter basket was answered by a triple from junior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) to bring Valpo within 17-15 at the second media break.  But Duke scored the next 10 points over a stretch of four minutes, part of a 31-7 run the Blue Devils ended the opening half with to go into halftime ahead 48-22.  The second half saw the Crusaders fight gamely, but Duke scored 30 points in the paint of its 42 second-half points to pull away. 

Valpo was led by Gerardot's eight points and six rebounds on Friday, as nine of the 12 Crusaders who played scored at least three points.  Freshman Abby Dean (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) scored her first five career points off the bench as well.  Richardson handed out six assists to tie for game-high honors, while Gerardot came up with three steals.  The Crusaders were limited to just 28.6% (18-of-63) shooting from the floor, including just 26.7% (8-of-30) from behind the arc.

Duke (3-0) placed five players in double figures, led by 18 points off the bench by Williams.  Tricia Liston added a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Haley Peters chipped in 16 and nine.

Valparaiso (2-3) continues its road trip on Tuesday, Nov. 27 as the Crusaders travel to take on Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. at 7 p.m.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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