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Carissa Verkaik Named d3hoops.com Great Lakes Regional Player of the Year

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Teams

A year ago, Carissa Verkaik was named the d3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Rookie of the Year. This morning, she was announced as the d3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year while also landing a spot on the d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team for the second straight year. A native of Holland and a graduate of Hollland Christian High School, Verkaik averaged 19.8 points and 9.5 rebounds a game while also blocking 123 shots for an average of 4.1 blocks-per-game. She also connected on 59.6 percent of her field goal attempts and 86.7 percent of her free throw attempts.

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Women’s Basketball Defeated by University of Chicago 67-62 in Second Round NCAA III Tournament Game

Saturday, March 05, 2011

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(Photo by Sandy Palmattter)

By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice

Despite overcoming a large deficit in the second half, the Knights missed keys shots down the stretch and were unable to secure a lead in the final minutes of the game as a very talented and physical University of Chicago team defeated Calvin 67-62 Saturday evening in a second round NCAA III Tournament game Saturday night at Van Noord Arena. Chicago entered the game ranked fifth in the Division III Coaches poll and sixth by d3hoops.com. Calvin came in ranked 13th in the Division III Coaches poll and 18th by d3hoops.com Carissa Verkaik led Calvin with 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 big blocks on defense.  Courtney Kurncz added 11 points, Jill Thomas chipped in 8, and Ally Wolffis and Julia Hilbrands both finished with 7 each for the Knights.

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Chicago Rolls To Win Over Hanover in First Round of NCAA III Tournament

Saturday, March 05, 2011

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(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich - The fifth-ranked Chicago Maroons used the sister tandem of Meghan and Mogan Herrick to roll to a 76-62 win over Hanover College in a first round NCAA III Tournament at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena Friday night. Meghan Herrick exploded for a game-high 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting while sister Morgan Herrick had 13 points as Chicago led 44-27 at halftime and was never seriously threatened by Hanover (25-2). Junior center Taylor Simpson was also a force for Chicago with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Hanover was led by Molly Martin with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Torin Franz chipped in with 11 points.

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Women’s Basketball Rolls to 73-37 Win Over La Roche in First Round of NCAA III Tournament

Friday, March 04, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice

After defeating rival Hope College in the MIAA Tournament Championship to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament, the Calvin Knights defended its home turf and won a decisive first round NCAA III Tournament victory over La Roche College, defeating the Red Hawks by a score of 73-37. Despite being subbed out a majority of the second half, sophomore Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI) led the Knights with what was just shy of a triple double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 blocks. Sophomore Ally Wolffis added 10 points. The Knights will face fifth-ranked Chicago in a second round game at 7 p.m. at Van Noord Arena. Chicago defeated Hanover 76-62 in Friday’s initial first round game.

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Women’s Basketball Preview For NCAA III Regional at Calvin College March 4 and 5

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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NCAA III Regional Tournament Site

The Calvin women’s basketball team has been selected to host a four-team NCAA III Tournament regional this Friday and Saturday (March 4 and 5) at Van Noord Arena. Calvin (24-4) will face LaRoche (23-4) College (PA) in a first round game Friday night at 7:30 p.m. while the University of Chicago (22-3) will face Hanover (25-1) College at 5 p.m. in Friday’s opening first round game. Friday’s winning teams will play each other on Saturday in the regional final at 7 p.m. (EST). The following is a team-by-team capsule of each of the four teams competing this weekend beginning in alphabetical order.

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Verkaik & Wolffis Receive All-MIAA Honors in Women’s Hoops - Verkaik Repeats as MIAA MVP

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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All-MIAA Women's Basketball Teams

For the second consecutive year, Calvin College sophomore center Carissa Verkaik has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in women’s basketball. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is the fourth individual from Calvin to earn MIAA MVP honors during the MIAA winter sports season and is the second from Holland Christian High School to do so as her former high school classmate Samantha Klaasen was named the MIAA Women’s Most Valuable Diver a week ago. Verkaik has also been named to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year and is joined on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin by sophomore forward Ally Wolffis. Wolffis hails from Muskegon and is a graduate of Muskegon Mona Shores High School. Under the direction of head coach John Ross, the Calvin women’s basketball team captured a share of its 12th MIAA regular season title and its first since 2007 by finishing 15-1 in league play, sharing the crown with Hope. Calvin then captured its first MIAA Tournament title since 2005 last Saturday, defeating Hope 67-65 in the MIAA Tournament finals.

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Calvin Women’s Basketball Team to Host Four-Team NCAA III Regional Tournament March 4 & 5

Monday, February 28, 2011

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NCAA III Women's Basketball Interactive Bracket

The Calvin women’s basketball team has been selected to host a four-team NCAA III Tournament regional this Friday and Saturday (March 4 and 5) at Van Noord Arena. Calvin (24-4) will face LaRoche (23-4) College (PA) in a first round game Friday night at 7:30 p.m. while the University of Chicago (22-3) will face Hanover (25-1) College at 5 p.m. in Friday’s opening first round game. Friday’s winning teams will play each other on Saturday in the regional final at 7 p.m. (EST). Ticket prices are as follows: Reserved lower bowl seating will be $6.00 while general admission tickets in the upper bowl will also be $6.00. Tickets for students, children over two years of age and senior citizens will be $3.00. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time through the Calvin Box Office at: Calvin Box Office. Calvin is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA III Tournament in women’s basketball. The Knights are 14-12 all-time in NCAA III Tournament play, having reached the national quarterfinals in 2005 and 2007.

Calvin NCAA III Women’s Basketball Tournament Records

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Carissa Verkaik Named MIAA Player of the Week in Women’s Basketball

Monday, February 28, 2011

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For the sixth time in her career and for the third time this year, Calvin College sophomore Carissa Verkaik has been named MIAA Player of the Week in women’s basketball. A sophomore from Holland (Holland Christian HS), Verkaik scored 29 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked five shots in leading the Knights to a 67-65 victory over Hope in the championship game of the MIAA tournament. She averaged 26.3 points per game during Calvin’s three-game tournament run, connecting on 74 percent (32 of 43) of her field goal attempts, 67 percent (4 of 6) of her 3-point attempts and 92 percent (11 of 12) of her free throws. She also averaged nine rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots per game during the tournament.

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Thomas Three-Ball Lifts Calvin Women’s Basketball Team To MIAA Tournament Title

Saturday, February 26, 2011

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A last-second three-point shot by junior guard Jill Thomas propelled the Calvin women’s basketball team into the NCAA III Tournament. A graduate of Grand Rapids West Catholic High School, Thomas sank a three-pointer from the left wing as time expired to lift Calvin to a 67-65 victory over rival and second-ranked Hope in the MIAA Tournament Championship game Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena. With the win, Calvin (24-4) gains an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament which is slated to start next weekend.Thomas finished the game with 11 points to go with five rebounds. Sophomore center Carissa Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had a monster game for Calvin with 29 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Kurncz (St. Johns, MI/St. Johns HS) added 12 points and five assists.

Calvin/Hope Women’s Basketball Photo Gallery by Dave DeKorne

Calvin vs. Hope Women’s Bball game winning shot by Jill Thomas from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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Women’s Basketball Advances To MIAA Tournament Finals With 63-36 Win Over Albion

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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The 18th-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team rolled to a 63-36 win over visiting Albion in the MIAA Tournament semifinals Thursday night at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Calvin (23-4) will face third-ranked Hope (26-1) in the MIAA Tournament Championship game Saturday at 3 p.m. at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Hope defeated Trine 66-47 in Thursday’s other semifinal game. Calvin led 33-18 at halftime and limited Albion (14-13) to 17 percent field goal shooting in the second half as the Knights continued to widen the gap. Sophomore center Carissa Verkaik led Calvin with 23 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots. Sophomore Ally Wolffis added 10 points and three blocked shots.

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