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Women’s basketball: Green Bay takes care of Valpo

VALPARAISO — Scoring 55 points against the top-ranked defense in the country still wasn’t enough, as Valparaiso fell to Horizon League-leading Green Bay 78-55 at the ARC.

“We said going into the game that we wanted to keep it low-scoring and we thought 55 might be enough to win it,” said VU coach Tracey Dorow. “But we just have to shoot the ball better. We have to play our best against the team picked to be No. 1 in the league.”

The Crusaders (7-11, 2-3 Horizon) went 8 for 27 from the floor in the first half, including 1 for 9 from behind the 3-point line as Green Bay (15-2, 5-0 Horizon) built a 34-22 lead.

“I thought there were some times when we got some advantages and got some good looks,” Dorow said. “But there were also times when we didn’t get high percentage shots. Green Bay had 23 assists on 28 buckets. That shows that they were patient enough to get the right looks.”

After scoring a career-high 33 points against Milwaukee on Thursday, Valparaiso forward Tabitha Gerardot was held to eight points on 3 of 10 shooting.

“My first shot was a three that they blocked. I’m not used to that,” she said. “I think their defense makes you speed up or second guess if you should be taking the shot.”

Dorow said Gerardot was a major focus of the Phoenix’s defense.

“They focused real hard on keeping her off of the glass,” she said. “She scores a ton of points off of rebounds and we have to do a better have job of getting her to the glass.”

After spotting Green Bay five second-half points, Valparaiso cut its deficit to eight at 41-33 on a layup by Gina Lange, who tied a career-high with 18 points to lead the Crusaders. But the Phoenix slammed the door soon after with a 16-2 run.

“We responded well,” Dorow said of her team’s second-half surge, “but unfortunately we didn’t sustain that.”



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