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VU women pull away in second half

Updated: January 6, 2013 10:12AM



The Valparaiso women’s basketball team went on a 20-5 run over a six-minute span in the second half against IPFW to take a 14-point lead en route to its first road win of the season, 82-73, on Tuesday night.

“We got some key stops and were able to push the ball in transition,” Crusaders head coach Tracey Dorow said. “We got the ball down low. There were mismatches that we took advantage of down low. We gained confidence and made some baskets.”

Trailing 49-48, Liz Horton opened the spurt with a basket in the lane. Lexi Miller and Maegan Callaway then each made 3-pointers to put the Crusaders up 56-51.

After a pair of free throws from Charae Richardson, two baskets from Tabitha Gerardot sandwiched a layup from Callaway to put Valparaiso up 10. Richardson added a jumper after a defensive stop and then got a steal on the next possession and fed Gina Lange for a layup to give the Crusaders their biggest lead of the game at 68-54.

“She definitely got after people on defense,” Dorow said of Richardson, who finished with a career-high 15 points and also dished out six assists. “She took her time and let the game come to her. She feeds off of others. She made a couple of tough drives and some big shots as well.”

Lange led the Crusaders with 18 points, including 10-of-10 shooting at the free throw line. Gerardot chipped in with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. Each player pulled down six rebounds.

Men

No. 13 Illinois 72, Western Carolina 64: At Champaign, Ill., Brandon Paul scored 14 points and No. 13 Illinois earned a win.

No. 3 Michigan 73, W. Michigan 41: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke had 20 points and seven assists, and No. 3 Michigan eased past Western Michigan.

No. 5 Louisville 80, Charleston 38: At Charleston, S.C., Wayne Blackshear had 18 points and No. 5 Louisville used its stifling defense to take control.



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