Thursday, December 19, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, IL - The Calvin women’s basketball team ran into a team that could match its up-tempo attack and then some. On Thursday night, Calvin suffered a 103-81 defeat to Illinois Wesleyan University. The host Titans were able to pierce Calvin’s full-court pressure throughout the game for high percentage shots and followed up with a full-court pressure defense of their own that forced the Knights into a season-high 25 turnovers. Calvin kept pace with Illinois Wesleyan early, trailing 21-15 through seven minutes of play. Then the Titans cranked things into high gear, outscoring the Knights 18-7 over the next eight minutes - en route to taking a 55-37 halftime lead. Calvin (5-3) was never closer than 17 points in the second half as Illinois Wesleyan (5-4) pulled away for the win. Calvin had five players notch double-digits in scoring led by juniors Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) and Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) with 13 points apiece. Freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) tossed in a career-high 12 points off the bench while sophomore Kally Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also had a career-high 11 points in a reserve role. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also had 10 points for the Knights. Illinois Wesleyan had five players notch double-digits in scoring led by Katy Seibring and Colleen McMahon with 25 points apiece. Calvin returns to action on Friday when it travels to Chicago to take on Illinois Institute of Technology. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (EST).
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The NCAA has awarded NCAA III women’s basketball and women’s volleyball championships to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2014-18 seasons. Calvin College will host the following championships:
Women’s Basketball / 2015
Women’s Volleyball / 2015
Women’s Basketball / 2017
Women’s Volleyball / 2017
This will mark the first time since 1988 that Calvin has hosted an NCAA III Championship final. Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in men’s basketball from 1982-to-1988 at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. In 1977, Calvin also hosted the NCAA III Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In 1986, Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in women’s volleyball.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council. He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
ANGOLA, IN – The Calvin women’s basketball team stretched its win streak to three games with a 68-63 conference victory at Trine University Saturday afternoon. Calvin led 40-26 at halftime and continued to hold a double-digit lead with five-and-a-half minutes remaining but a series of missed free throws by the Knights allowed Trine (1-5 overall, 0-1 MIAA) to creep to within three points with 19 seconds remaining at 66-63. Junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) iced the game with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining as the Knights held on for the win. Calvin (5-2 overall, 2-1 MIAA) received 19 points from junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) while junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and Acre had 16 points apiece. Junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) added nine points and five rebounds. Calvin returns to action on December 19 when it travels to Illinois Wesleyan for a 7 p.m. contest.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin women’s basketball team returned to conference play on Wednesday evening, hosting the Britons of Albion at Van Noord Arena. The game was the MIAA opener for the Britons, while Calvin came in with an 0-1 conference mark. Both teams entered the contest with 3-2 overall records. Calvin, after leading by two at halftime, opened up a 24 point margin in the second half and coasted to a 77-69 win. Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) led the Knights with 15 points while junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had 14 points and eight assists. Junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) added a career high 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting while junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had 10 points and six rebounds. Calvin is now 7-0 all-time against Albion at Van Noord Arena.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
MANCHESTER, IN - The Calvin women’s basketball team got back on the winning track with a 65-55 victory at Manchester University Tuesday night. The win lifts Calvin’s season record to 3-2. Calvin held a 39-31 halftime lead and used a 12-5 run over the final three minutes of regulation to seal the win. Calvin led throughout the second half with Manchester closing to within two points on one occasion and then with three points at 53-50 late in the contest before the Knights pulled away for the win. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) led Calvin with 15 points including three baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) had 13 points while junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) had 11 points. Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) added 10 points to round out a balanced Calvin scoring attack. Sophomore Abby Springer (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills HS) also chipped in with eight points including a pair of three-pointers.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
BEREA, OH – For one half of play, the Calvin womens’ basketball team stood toe-to-toe with the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace. The second half proved to be a different story however as Baldwin-Wallace limited Calvin to just 20 second half points – en-route to an 80-62 victory in the championship game of the Baldwin-Wallace Invitational. Calvin (2-2) led 42-41 at halftime, shooting 51.6 percent from the floor but shot just 27.6 percent from the floor in the second half while the Yellow Jackets (4-1) were able to move ahead by connecting on 10-of-14 free throw attempts over the final 20 minutes of play. Junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) led Calvin with a career-high 18 points while junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had 10 points and seven rebounds. Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) added 10 points and four assists. At the conclusion of the tournament, Engelhard and junior forward Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) were both named to the all-tournament team. Calvin is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Manchester for a 6 p.m. game.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
BEREA, OH - The Calvin women’s basketball team continued early season non-conference play on Friday evening, traveling to Ohio to take part in the Baldwin-Wallace Invitational this weekend. Calvin came out on top in a first round matchup Friday night, defeating Ohio Wesleyan 70-60. Junior Breanna Verkaik led the Knights with 16 points and seven rebounds. Junior Kayla Engelhard added 15 points while junior Hannah Acre had 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting to go with five boards. The Knights, now 2-1, will play host Baldwin-Wallace tomorrow in the championship game at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
In a rare early-season meeting of conference rivals, Hope recorded an 88-81 victory over Calvin Tuesday night at Van Noord Arena in the MIAA opener for both teams. Using a new up-tempo offensive and a full-court pressure defense, Calvin raced out to an 18-3 lead, connecting on eight of its first 10 field goal attempts including three-pointers by juniors Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS). Hope (3-0 overall, 1-0 MIAA) took its first lead of the game at 39-38 early in the second half and never trailed again. Calvin (1-1 overall, 0-1 MIAA) remained in contact with the Flying Dutch never trailing by more than 10 and closing to within four on two separate occasions inside the final minute of play before Hope closed out the game with a series of free throws. Calvin’s 81 points were the most scored against Hope since an 82-44 win in 1996. The 88-81 final score marked the most combined points scored by the two teams in a game in the rivalry’s history. Calvin was led in scoring by DeKuiper who scored a career-high 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting including 3-for-3 from three-point range. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had 15 points aznd six boards while Engelhard had 13 points and eight assists against just one turnover. Senior Kirstin Tripp (Brighton/Brighton HS) added 11 points and four assits while junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) chipped in with eight points and five rebounds.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
SHEBOYGAN, WI - The Calvin women’s basketball team opened its season with a 65-45 victory at Lakeland College Friday night. Calvin forced Lakeland into 35 turnovers and were led in scoring by junior Breanna Verkaik who had 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Senior Kirstin Tripp had 13 points including a trio of triples while junior Hannah Acre had 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Knights. Calvin led 28-20 at halftime. The Knights are back in action next Tuesday, hosting rival Hope at Van Noord Arena a 7:30 p.m.2 3 > Last »