Women’s basketball: Tabitha Gerardot one of three leaving Valpo program
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent March 29, 2013 9:24PM
Valparaiso's Tabitha Gerardot eyes the basket while shooting over a UIC defender during the second half of their game Horizon League tournament game at the ARC Monday Mar. 11, 2013. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 1, 2013 3:54PM
Three Valparaiso women’s basketball players won’t be back for the 2013-14 season.
Second-team All-Horizon League selection junior forward Tabitha Gerardot, sophomore guard Shaquira Scott and redshirt sophomore forward Maegan Callaway are all leaving the Crusaders for three different reasons, according to coach Tracey Dorow.
Gerardot, who averaged 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, is graduating this spring with majors of French and Spanish and is interested in pursuing a master’s in linguistics.
The team’s leading scorer and rebounder posted 12 double-doubles last season and stands seventh on the VU all-time scoring list and fourth on the rebounding list.
“I was very disappointed,” Dorow said. “She came in and talked to me and said she was looking for something more specific in her master’s degree. Academics has been No. 1 for her and she thinks (leaving) is a necessity to pursue (her master’s somewhere else) right now.”
Scott started 23 games for the Crusaders last season, scoring in double figures nine times and averaging 8.5 points a contest.
“She kind of just wanted a change,” Dorow said. “She’s just ready for a change. She wants to see what else is out there. I don’t know if Valpo was the right fit for her academically.”
Callaway is leaving to play basketball at a lower level. The junior-to-be missed the entire 2011-12 year to injuries and played sparingly her sophomore season due to physical issues.
She averaged 2.4 points per game last season for the Crusaders and scored a career-high 12 points against Butler in November.
“Her body just can’t take it,” Dorow said. “With Tab leaving, I’d like her to stay but she might not last the next two years. She did some good things for us but she was injured a little bit. She knows deep down she gave everything she had. I think she’s definitely excited about playing at a different level.”
Dorow said she’ll miss all three players.
“We wish them the best,” she said. “We appreciate what they have done for the program. We wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors.”