VALPARAISO | Tabitha Gerardot headlined a trio of roster defections that were announced by Valparaiso women’s basketball coach Tracey Dorow on Friday afternoon.
Gerardot, an All-Horizon League Second team selection as a junior this season, will transfer from Valparaiso along with sophomores Shaquira Scott and Maegan Callaway.
Gerardot led the Crusaders in scoring (15.5 ppg), rebounding (9.2 rpg) and blocked shots (15) this season. The junior started 91 out of her 93 career games with the Crusaders and will finish her Valparaiso career eighth in scoring (1,217) and fourth in rebounds (723).
“Tabitha has left her mark on the Valpo women’s basketball program, and it’s unfortunate for us that she couldn’t find something academically in her last year with us,” Dorow said.
The Fort Wayne native is set to graduate from Valparaiso this May with majors in French and Spanish. Gerardot wants to pursue a degree in linguistics, a program Valparaiso doesn’t offer.
Scott returned from a knee injury this year to start 23 games and ranked third on the team in scoring with 8.5 points per game. Scott was fourth on the team with 19 steals.
“Shaquira is focused on her family and she’s looking for a different situation that might be easier for her parents,” Dorow said. “With the coaching change, Shaquira was not as comfortable. We’re disappointed because we had big plans for Shaquira.”
Callaway finished her third year with the Crusaders this season and struggled to get back on the court following a back injury that forced the Mooresville native to sit out last season. Callaway has two years of eligibility remaining.
“Maegan is a totally different situation than the other two,” Dorow said. “Maegan doesn’t want to leave the program, but she is also realistic about her injuries. She wants to take care of herself from a health standpoint and find the right fit both academically and where she can get on the court and play.”
After announcing the signing of Marian Catholic guard Aliyah Issac during the early signing period, the Crusaders have five scholarships remaining for the 2013-14 season.
“We know we have to get back out on the recruiting trail and fill those slots,” Dorow said. “We’re looking for players that have a passion and a love of the game.”