Tuesday, January 11, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
After a tight first half, the Knights rolled to a 71-49 victory against Rochester College on Tuesday night. Calvin led 28-25 at half-time and trailed for significant portions of the first half, at one point trailing by eight. The Knights shot a mere 30% in the first half, and struggled to make good on some open looks in the post. But Calvin stormed out of half-time, going on a 15-1 run in the first eight minutes. The Knights established the post well, with sophomores Ally Wolffis and Carissa Verkaik scoring Calvin’s first eight points of the half. Verkaik finished with 16 points and eight rebounds while Wolffis had eight points and sophomore Julia Hilbrands had eight points and six boards.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
The Calvin Knights reopened conference play with a dominating 68-34 victory over the Olivet Comets on Saturday afternoon. Everyone on the Knights’ roster chipped in at least nine minutes. The scoring also showed good balance. Six players scored more than five points. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik put up a double-double in the first half alone and finished with 16 points and 15 boards. Junior Jill Thomas had nine points as did sophomore Julia Hilbrands.
Friday, December 31, 2010
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end as the Knights were defeated by a determined Cal Lutheran squad 66-61 at the Posada Royale Holiday Classic Friday night. The host Regals (6-5) stretched their winning streak to five games in the process. Calvin was led in scoring by sophomore Carissa Verkaik who notched her 17th collegiate double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Ally Wolffis also had 17 points despite playing only 17 minutes because of foul trouble. Sophomore Kelsey Irwin also had nine points - all on three-point shots - while junior Courtney Kurncz had eight points and six boards. Verkaik and Wolffis were both named to the all-tournament team.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The Calvin women’s basketball team opened its swing through Southern California with a 59-36 victory over Wesleyan (CT) Thursday afternoon at the Posada Royale Tournament hosted by Cal Lutheran University. Calvin (9-2) used stifling first half defensive pressure to roll to the win as the Knights led 33-11 at halftime and limited Wesleyan to just 11 percent shooting in the first half. Calvin held a 45-34 rebounding advantage and limited the Cardinals to 21.4 percent field goal shooting overall. All 15 Calvin players received at least six minutes of playing time as the Knights substituted liberally throughout the second half. Sophomore Ally Wolffis led Calvin in scoring with 20 points to go with six rebounds while sophomore Julia Hilbrands had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik also had nine points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Calvin will face host Cal Lutheran Friday night at 7 p.m. (EST).
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Calvin women’s basketball team has moved back into the top 25 of the d3hoops.com Top 25 poll. The Knights are ranked 24th in this week’s poll, released earlier this morning. Calvin has not been ranked in the top 25 poll since the second week of the regular season but have moved back in with a current five-game win streak that included a 73-65 conference win over Albion on December 18.
Monday, December 20, 2010
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Carissa Verkaik its Player of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through December 19. Verkaik, a sophomore from Holland (Holland Christian HS), narrowly missed a triple-double with 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots in 36 minutes of play Saturday as the Knights overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Albion, 73-65, to maintain first place in the MIAA. She made 9 of 15 shots from the field, including two 3-point baskets, and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. She also four steals and three assists in the game. Verkaik is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and fifth time in her career.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The Calvin women’s basketball team was pushed to the limit on Saturday by conference rival Albion but the Knights were up to the challenge down the stretch as they recorded a 73-65 victory over the Britons in a matchup of teams with undefeated MIAA records at Van Noord Arena. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik had a monster game with 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots, just missing a triple-double. Verkaik swished a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to play that helped seal the win over Albion (4-6 overall, 2-1 MIAA) as it gave Calvin a six-point lead. Calvin (8-2 overall, 4-0 MIAA) also received nine points from junior guard Jill Thomas and sophomore Ally Wolffis while sophomore Logan Marsh had seven points and four assists. Calvin has now won five straight games and will face Wellesley College on December 30 in a tournament hosted by California Lutheran University.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The first installment of the Calvin (men’s and women’s basketball) Coaching Corner audio program is now available. The Calvin sports information office caught up with John Ross, head coach of the Calvin women’s basketball team and Kevin Vande Streek, head coach of the Calvin men’s basketball team for the first installment this year. The Calvin women’s basketball team is off to a 7-2 start overall and 3-0 in conference play. The Knights will host Albion on Saturday at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, the Calvin men’s basketball team is off to a 4-4 start overall and will host Aquinas on Saturday at 3 p.m. Also, be sure to check back throughout the season for more installments of the Calvin Coaching Corner.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
KALAMAZOO - The Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in MIAA play with a 76-35 win at Kalamazoo College Saturday afternoon. Calvin led 38-12 at halftime and never looked back. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik had 22 points and five rebounds while junior Courtney Kurncz and sophomore Ally Wolffis had eight points apiece. Sophomore Julia Hilbrands also came off the bench to provide six points and 12 rebounds. Calvin shot 49.2 percent overall and held a 51-25 rebounding advantage. Calvin returns to action on December 18 when it hosts Albion at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Story By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice
Photos by Sports Information Student Assistant Nate Triezenberg
As non-conference play continues for the Knights here in this 2010-11 season, Calvin underwent what looked to be its toughest tests thus far as the Knights took on the fifth-ranked Carthage College Lady Reds. Coming into the game with a 5-2 record, the Knights handed Carthage its first loss of the season [6-1] with a decisive victory at home in the Van Noord Arena, winning by a score of 69-59. As a team, Calvin connected on 13-of-26 from three-point range, establishing a Van Noord Arena record for three-pointers made in a women’s game. The 13 triples are the highest total in a Calvin women’s basketball game since January 21, 2009, when the Knights were 14-of-28 from beyond the arc in an 81-63 win at Olivet.