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Women’s Basketball Rolls to 87-54 Win Over Saint Mary’s

Thursday, February 06, 2014

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Calvin improved to 14-6 overall and 9-3 in the MIAA with an 87-54 win over Saint Mary’s Wednesday evening inside Van Noord Arena. The Knights remain one game behind second place Olivet which improved to 10-2 with a win over Albion Wednesday. Calvin put together a superb first half in racing out to a 52-22 halftime lead. The Knights shot 61.1 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and connected on six three-pointers.  Calvin’s full-court press also forced Saint Mary’s (6-14 overall, 4-7 MIAA) into committing 13 first half turnovers. Calvin never looked back from there in coasting to the win.

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Women’s Basketball Regains Winning Ways in 78-57 Win Over Trine

Monday, February 03, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin women’s basketball returned to action Monday night, looking to rebound from a tough loss on Saturday against conference-rival Hope. The Knights hosted Trine in a make-up game that was twice postponed. Calvin entered the contest with a 14-5 overall record, and a 7-3 conference record, tied for third in the MIAA. The Thunder came in at 4-14 and 1-8 in the MIAA. The Knights, despite turning around without a single practice, defeated the Thunder soundly, 78-57. The Knights were led on offense by Timmer who had 19 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs and her first career double-double. Verkaik added 17 points and six boards while Acre had 12 and six. Kayla Dunn led Trine with 15 while Megan Engle scored 11. Calvin improves to 13-6 and 8-3 in the MIAA while Trine falls to 4-15 and 1-9 in conference play. The Knights now have a quick turnaround as they host Saint Mary’s at Van Noord Arena on Wednesday.

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Women’s Basketball Shut Down by Hope Defense in Rivalry Contest

Saturday, February 01, 2014

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HOLLAND - While round one of the Calvin-Hope women’s basketball rivalry this season featured an offensive explosion, round two featured much more of a defensive theme. Unfortunately for Calvin, the defensive theme was dictated by Hope as the Flying Dutch held Calvin to its lowest scoring output of the season in a 78-47 victory Saturday afternoon at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. In the first meeting of the year played back on November 19 in Grand Rapids, the two teams combined for the highest scoring total in a Calvin-Hope women’s basketball game with the Flying Dutch pulling out an 88-81 win behind a second half comeback. On Saturday, Hope (18-0 overall, 10-0 MIAA) jumped out to a 37-21 halftime lead as the Flying Dutch limited the Knights to just eight first half field goals. Calvin’s first half scoring total was its lowest in a half this season.  Calvin had entered Saturday’s game averaging 85.0 points a game over its previous five contests. The loss drops Calvin into a tie for third place in the MIAA standing with Kalamazoo. Calvin has a makeup game with Trine scheduled for next Monday at 7 p.m. at Van Noord Arena and will then host Saint Mary’s next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Rolls to 81-46 Win at Albion - Stretches Win Streak to Five

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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ALBION - Calvin used a stifling defensive effort and a torrid three-point attack to claim an 81-46 conference victory at Albion Wednesday night inside Kresge Gymnasium. The victory stretches Calvin’s win streak to five games. During its current five-game win streak, Calvin has averaged 85.0 points a game. Throughout the first half, it appeared that neither team would get untracked offensively as the two teams were waged in a defensive scrum. Calvin went on a 16-0 run over the final six minutes of the first half however, fueled by eight points from junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) to take a 35-17 halftime advantage. As a team, Calvin connected on a season-high 13 three-pointers on 25 attempts for a sizzling 52.0 percent three-point clip. Calvin was led in scoring by Breanna Verkaik who matched a career scoring high with 20 points while Kayla Engelhard had 15 points. Anna Timmer had 11 points while junior Maria DeKuiper had 10 points.

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Women’s Basketball vs Trine Postponed for Monday Night - Swim Meets Cancelled

Monday, January 27, 2014

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The Calvin women’s basketball game with Trine scheduled for tonight (Jan. 27) at 6 p.m. at Van Noord Arena has been postponed due to weather conditions. The game has been rescheduled for February 3 at 7 p.m. at Calvin. In addition, the Calvin-Hope swim meet that was postponed on January 25 will not be made up and has now been cancelled. Stay tuned for further information.

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Women’s Basketball Picks Up 83-64 Win at Adrian - Stretches Win Streak to Four

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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ADRIAN – Calvin stretched its win streak to four games with an 83-64 win at Adrian Wednesday night. The victory keeps the Knights on the heels of second place Olivet as Calvin is 6-2 at the midpoint of the league schedule, one game behind the 7-1 Comets. Calvin used a 20-4 run over the final seven minutes of the first half to take control. Prior to the run, Calvin led 24-22. The offensive explosion allowed the Knights to build a 44-26 halftime lead. From that point, Calvin held control, building its lead to 35 points at 71-36 and then coasted the rest of the way.Calvin placed four players in double-figures in scoring led by junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) with 17 points while junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had 16 points. Junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) had 12 points off the bench while senior Kirstin Tripp (Brighton/Brighton HS) had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting while collecting five assists without a turnover to go with two steals. Sophomore Abby Springer (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills HS) also had five assists against just one turnover. As a team, Calvin posted 18 assists against just 13 turnovers. Calvin opens the second half of its MIAA campaign on Saturday, hosting Trine at 3 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.

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Women’s Basketball Extends Win Streak to Three With 75-58 Win Over Kalamazoo

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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By Gina de Haan

Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena the Calvin women’s basketball team won its third consecutive league game with a 75-58 victory over the Kalamazoo College Hornets. The Knights are getting hot at the right time as they near the heart of their season and conference play. Previously tied at third place in the MIAA with Calvin, this contest moved the Hornets into the fourth place slot, which they will share with Adrian. The Knights maintain their third place conference standing and move to 5-2 in league play; the win boosts Calvin’s overall record to 10-5.

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Women’s Basketball Claims 95-68 Win at Saint Mary’s

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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NOTRE DAME, IN – The Calvin women’s basketball team has suddenly found a new offensive gear. For the second consecutive game, the Knights hit the 90-point plateau, this time in a 95-68 victory at Saint Mary’s College Wednesday night. The victory came on the heels of a 91-31 win over Alma on Saturday. The win lifts Calvin’s overall record to 9-5 and its conference mark to 4-2 as the Knights near the mid-point of the league schedule. Calvin currently sits in a tie for third place with Kalamazoo in the league standings with the Hornets slated to come to Calvin on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tilt.

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Alma 91-31

Saturday, January 11, 2014

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The Knights returned to action after a 77-73 loss at Olivet on Saturday, with a home conference game against the Scots of Alma.  Calvin got back on the winning track, defeating Alma 91-31 to improve to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the MIAA. In the game the Knights were led by the duo of Jeanna Sybesma (Dalhart, TX/Dalhart HS) and Kirsten Tripp with 12 points each Tripp added three steals and Sybesma tacked on seven rebounds. Freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) also contributed 11 points to the Knights record breaking victory. The Knights return to action on January 15 next Wednesday at St. Mary’s.

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Calvin Women’s Basketball Game at Rochester College Postponed

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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The Calvin/Rochester JV and varsity women’s basketball games slated for Wednesday night have been postponed because of weather conditions. A makeup date has not yet been set. Stay tuned for more details.

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