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Women’s basketball: Valparaiso pulls out overtime win

Updated: March 4, 2013 6:57AM



VALPARAISO — A last-second layup in regulation followed by a dominant extra period led VU to a 92-84 overtime win over Cleveland State (10-10, 2-5 Horizon).

Down 75-73 and inbounding near halfcourt with 2.2 seconds left, VU (8-12, 3-4 Horizon) guard Laura Richards found Gina Lange wide open for an easy layup that forced overtime.

“Gina made it pretty obvious that she was wide open,” said Richards.

Added VU head coach Tracey Dorow: “They executed perfectly. I think Charae (Richardson) and Tabitha (Gerardot) were open on the play, too.”

Gerardot and the VU offense then took over in the final period, as the Crusaders outscored the Vikings 17-9 in the final five minutes. Geradot had nine of those points and five rebounds in OT, finishing with a game-high 32 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.

“We just came out and did what was working before,” Gerardot said of the final period. “One of our focuses was to pound the ball inside and the guards did a real good job of getting the ball in there.

A whopping 60 of VU’s 92 points came from inside the paint. Gina Lange also set a career-high with 24 points while guards Richards (five assists), Richardson (four assists), Shaquira Scott (five assists) and Jessica Carr (five assists) took turns finding either Lange or Gerardot in the paint.

“We just knew we had to the ball in there and make our one-on-one moves,” said Dorow. “I thought they worked hard to make themselves look open all game.”

VU opened the game on a 16-2 run and led 37-29 at halftime. By the 14:34 mark of the second half, though, Cleveland State had tied the score at 46 and later took a 75-73 lead on a 6-0 run with 1:02 left in the game.

Added Dorow: “For a while it looked like (Thursday’s loss at Wright State), when things weren’t going our way down the stretch. But these ladies finished strong.”



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