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Crusader women rally to upend Ball State
Tabitha Gerardot had 28 points and 17 rebounds in a 58-53 win over Ball State. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot had 28 points and 17 rebounds in a 58-53 win over Ball State. (Ray Acevedo)
Ball State (3-10)
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Valparaiso (4-8)
12/29/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 488
1st2ndFinal
Ball State302353
Valparaiso223658
Stats at a GlanceBSUVALPO
FG Percentage.345 (19-55) .333 (17-51)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .250 (5-20)
FT Percentage.588 (10-17) .864 (19-22)
Offensive Rebounds1118
Defensive Rebounds1629
Total Rebounds2747
Turnovers1522
Steals124
Bench Points1111
Statistical LeadersBSUVALPO
PointsFONTAINE - 14
GERARDOT - 28
ReboundsMURPHY - 6
WOODY - 6
GERARDOT - 17
AssistsFONTAINE - 2
CARTER - 2
WOODY - 2
RICHARDSON - 3
StealsWOODY - 3
RICHARDSON - 1
SCOTT - 1
RICHARDS - 1
GERARDOT - 1
BlocksJUSTICE - 2
CARTER - 2
GERARDOT - 1

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Led by a career-high 28 points and a career-best 17 rebounds from Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury), the Valparaiso women’s basketball team rallied from a 19-point deficit in the first half to beat Ball State 58-53 on Saturday.

“I feel good about the things we have been working on,” Crusader head coach Tracey Dorow said. “I feel like we’ve been making progress this week and hopefully, we can carry that over into next week’s game.”

The double-double was the second of the season for Gerardot and the 15th of her career. She finished 8-of-18 from the field and 10-of-11 at the free throw line. She grabbed nine offensive rebounds and eight on the defensive glass.

Valparaiso, which trailed by as many as 19 in the first half, took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from Gerardot with 6:19 to play to go ahead 47-44. The shot came from the top of the key as the shot clock was expiring.

The basket was the last one the Crusaders made from the field. Valparaiso’s final 11 points came via free throws.

Gerardot and Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) each made a pair of free throws on back-to-back possession to give Valparaiso a 51-44 lead with 4:55 left.

After Ball State trimmed the margin to two, Scott nailed another pair of free throws to make it 54-50 at the 3:11 mark.

Neither team scored over the next two-and-a-half minutes, and Gerardot made four free throws in the final 33 seconds to close out the win.

Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) finished with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. All three of her treys came in the second half, with the last tying the game at 42-all with 8:19 to go.

The Crusaders posted their second-biggest rebounding margin of the season with a 47-27 edge on the glass. Valparaiso finished with an 18-11 edge in offensive rebounds, which accounted for a 20-3 advantage in second-chance points.

“We don’t win if we don’t rebound today,” Dorow said. “It came down to the fact that we got second-chance points and really took it to them on the glass.”

Scott finished with nine points, and Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) added six points and eight rebounds.

Down 29-11 with 4:33 to go in the first half, the Crusaders finished the half on an 11-1 run to trail 30-22 at the break. Scott and Gerardot each had a pair of baskets during the run, and Ieva Jansone (Riga, Latvia/Agenskalna Gymnasium [Miles]) had a jumper.

Nathalie Fontaine led Ball State (3-10) with 14 points. Brittany Carter added 13, and Brady Woody chipped in with 12.

Valparaiso (4-8), which improves to 3-1 at the Athletics-Recreation Center, closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule when the Crusaders host Northern Illinois at 1:35 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso, and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. 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