February 13, 20131st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceVALPOLUC
FG Percentage.367 (22-60) .435 (27-62)
3P FG Percentage.286 (4-14) .389 (7-18)
FT Percentage.714 (10-14) .636 (7-11)
Offensive Rebounds1711
Defensive Rebounds2623
Total Rebounds4334
Bench Points1013
LAW - 19
ReboundsLANGE - 10
StealsSCOTT - 2
BlocksGERARDOT - 2
Crusaders drop road contest at Loyola
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Crusaders drop road contest at Loyola
Charae Richardson scored 16 points to lead the Crusaders at Loyola. (Ray Acevedo)

Valparaiso trimmed a nine-point halftime deficit to one midway through the second half, but the Crusaders could not pull in front and dropped a 68-58 decision at Loyola on Wednesday night.

Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) scored 16 points to lead three Valparaiso players in double figures. Shaquira Scott (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) chipped in with 11.

Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get Valparaiso within one at 46-45 with 9:51 left in the game. The Ramblers answered with a 7-0 run to lead 53-45 at the 8:08 mark.

Scott had a pair of baskets and Richardson had two free throws and a hoop to get the Crusaders back within three at 56-53 with 4:30 left.

Loyola responded with 10-straight points to lead 66-53, and Valpo could get no closer than 10 for the remainder of the game. Simone Law, who led the Ramblers with 19 points, scored seven points on the run.

“She’s a handful down low,” Crusader coach Tracey Dorow said of Law. “She was very aggressive and very strong inside. She was a lot to handle down inside.”

The two teams struggled offensively in the early going, with the score being 6-6 at 11:56 mark. Loyola built the lead up to three, before Scott and Gerardot scored on back-to-back possessions to give Valparaiso its first lead of the game at 15-14.

The teams traded baskets, and the Ramblers took the lead 26-23 with 2:47 in the half. From that point, Loyola ended the half on a 8-2 run to lead 34-25 at halftime. Katie Faught hit two 3-pointers in 17 seconds for the Ramblers to take the lead from three to nine.

Scott scored nine of her 15 points in the opening half.

“She really did a nice job early in the game,” Dorow said of Scott. “When the slip happened she drove right into the paint, and she had a seam where she could score or she drew a foul.”

Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) grabbed 10 rebounds and Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville) pulled down eight for the Crusaders, who had a 43-34 edge on the glass but committed 17 turnovers.

Taylor Johnson totaled 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Loyola (9-13, 4-5 HL). Monica Albano scored 14 points and had five assists. Aryealle Beavers dished out seven assists. The Ramblers finished with 19 assists on 27 field goals.

Valparaiso (8-14, 3-6) begins a two-game home stand on Saturday, Feb 16 when the Crusaders host UIC at 1:05 p.m. The contest is a Play 4 Kay game, with breast cancer survivors being honored before the game. The action can be heard live on WVUR-FM, 95.1, Valparaiso. Links for the live audio, live video and live stats can be found on www.valpoathletics.com.