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Crusaders Fall in Road Test at Western Illinois
Tabitha Gerardot scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (2-4)
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Western Illinois (2-4)
11/27/2012 | Macomb, Ill. | Attendance: 684
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso282755
Western Illinois343569
Stats at a GlanceVALPOWIU
FG Percentage.292 (21-72) .362 (21-58)
3P FG Percentage.188 (3-16) .136 (3-22)
FT Percentage.909 (10-11) .857 (24-28)
Offensive Rebounds2315
Defensive Rebounds2429
Total Rebounds4744
Turnovers1615
Steals67
Bench Points1920
Statistical LeadersVALPOWIU
PointsLANGE - 16
KONTAUTAITE - 23
ReboundsLANGE - 8
TEAM - 8
LUKE - 9
AssistsSCOTT - 3
RICHARDSON - 3
HENRICSON - 4
StealsCARR - 1
SCOTT - 1
GERARDOT - 1
RICHARDSON - 1
HORTON - 1
WIEDEMANN - 1
REED - 2
MAHER - 2
HENRICSON - 2
BlocksGERARDOT - 2
KONTAUTAITE - 3

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Valparaiso women’s basketball team started the second half on a run to claim the lead Tuesday evening in Macomb, Ill., but Western Illinois would eventually re-claim the lead for good as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 69-55 to close out a four-game road trip.

Trailing by six at the break, the Crusaders surrendered the first three points of the second half to fall behind 37-28 with 19 minutes to play, but responded with a big run.  Junior Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) started the run with an inside basket, and the next time down the court, senior Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) grabbed an offensive board and converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to quickly cut the deficit to 37-33.

After a pair of defensive stops, sophomore Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) knocked down a mid-range jumper to make it a two-point game at 37-35.  Then, after forcing a turnover, the Crusaders got another offensive rebound and utilized it to the max, as Lange connected on a 3-pointer, giving Valpo a 38-37 lead with 16:41 to play.  The 10-0 run encapsulated just 2:25 of game time.

The teams traded baskets over the next two minutes before a layup from Scott gave the Crusaders their largest advantage at 44-41 with 14:02 remaining.  But Valpo would score just two points over the next six-plus minutes as Western Illinois gained control with a 13-2 run, going ahead 54-46.  The Crusaders got within six points on multiple occasions the rest of the way, the latest coming on a pair of free throws with 2:47 to play, but could get no closer.

Western Illinois used an 11-2 run midway through the first half to go ahead by double digits, 24-14, with 8:18 remaining in the opening stanza.  Five points in a three-possession stretch by freshman Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) helped cut the lead to five points, and Valpo would move within four twice in the first half, but a basket in the waning seconds of the opening stanza by the Leathernecks made it a 34-28 game at the break.

The Crusaders were led on Tuesday by the effort of Lange, who went 6-of-10 from the floor en route to team highs of 16 points and eight rebounds.  Gerardot added 10 points and five rebounds, while Scott chipped in six points and seven rebounds.  Valpo struggled from the floor, shooting just 29.2% (21-of-72), including just 3-of-16 (18.8%) from behind the arc, but did pull down 23 offensive rebounds.

Western Illinois (2-4) received a game-high 23 points from Saule Kontautaite, while Michelle Maher chipped in 14 points.  Ashley Luke grabbed a game-best nine rebounds.  Western Illinois shot just 36.2% (21-of-58) from the field, but connected on 24-of-28 (85.7%) from the free throw line.

Valparaiso (2-4) returns home to the ARC for its only home game in a nine-game stretch on Saturday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. as the Crusaders host Saint Louis.  The game can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, and seen live on the Horizon League Network.  Links for the live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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
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 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