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Women’s Basketball Defeats Kalamazoo 84-57 in First Rd of MIAA Tourney - To Host Albion in Semis

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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The Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 22-4 overall with an 84-57 victory over Kalamazoo in a first round MIAA Tournament game Tuesday night at Van Noord Arena. The Knights advance to the MIAA Tournament semifinals and will host Albion at 7:30 p.m. Calvin led 37-16 at halftime and held a double-digit lead throughout. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik notched her 23rd collegiate double-double including her 12th of the year with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Julia Hilbrands also picked up her first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Ally Wolffis also had 13 points and Kelsey Irwin 12. With her 27 points, Verkaik moved past Brook Van Eck and Julie Post into 11th place on the Calvin career scoring list, boosting her career total to 1,027 points.

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Women’s Basketball Captures Share of MIAA Regular Season Title With Win at Trine

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin women’s basketball team captured a share of its first MIAA title since the 2006-07 season with a 64-35 win at Trine University. Calvin (21-4 overall) finishes the MIAA at 15-1 and shares the final league title with Hope which also finished league play with a 15-1 conference mark. In its win over Trine, Calvin sophomore Carissa Verkaik became the 13th player in Calvin women’s basketball history to hit the 1,000 point plateau as she scored 18 points to hit 1,000 points on the nose. Junior Courtney Kurncz also had a strong game for Calvin with 15 points. Late Saturday afternoon, Calvin won a coin flip with Hope for the top seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament. As the top seed, Calvin will have homecourt advantage throughout the league tournament. The Knights will host Kalamazoo in a first round MIAA Tournament game Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Picks Up 74-48 Win Over Alma - Remains Tied for MIAA Lead

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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The Calvin women’s basketball team rolled to a 74-48 victory over Alma College Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena. Calvin wore pink uniforms Wednesday night as part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative that promotes breast cancer awareness. Calvin led 42-17 at halftime and never looked back. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik had another big game with 31 points, seven rebounds, seven blocked shots and five steals. Ranked 23rd by d3hoops.com and 20th by the USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches Poll, Calvin improves to 20-4 overall, hitting the 20-win plateau for the 12th time in program history and for the sixth time under eight-year head coach John Ross. The Knights are tied with Hope for first place in the MIAA standings at 14-1 in league play and will travel to Trine on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.

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Women’s Basketball Uses Second Half Surge To Pull Away From Olivet 67-40

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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After a nip-and-tuck first half, Calvin put the hammer down in the second half to roll to a 67-40 victory at Olivet Wednesday night. Calvin (19-4 overall, 13-1 MIAA) held Olivet without a field goal for the first eight-and-a-half minutes of the second half to pull away from the host Comets. Calvin led 31-23 at halftime but used a 15-3 run to open the second half to build a 46-26 second half lead. Calvin was led by sophomore Carissa Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) with 18 points and 11 rebounds as she notched her 22nd collegiate double-double including her 11th double-double of the season. Sophomore Logan Marsh (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) also had a strong game with 10 points including a pair of three-point baskets to go with two assists and two steals. Sophomore Ally Wolffis (Muskegon/Mona Shores HS) had 10 points and five rebounds

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Hope Hands Calvin First League Loss in Women’s Basketball

Saturday, February 05, 2011

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HOLLAND - The Hope women’s basketball team handed Calvin its first league defeat of the year, defeating Calvin 70-48 in front of more than 3,400 fans at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. With the win, Hope (20-1 overall, 11-1 MIAA) moves within a half-game of Calvin (18-3 overall, 12-1 MIAA) with Hope having played one less league game than Calvin. Hope gained control of the game with a 10-0 run to end the first half, giving the Flying Dutch a 37-23 halftime lead. Calvin scored the first seven points of the second half to close to within 37-30 but the Knights then went through a scoreless stretch of nearly seven minutes in the second half as Hope pulled away for the win. Calvin was led in defeat by sophomore Carissa Verkaik with 11 points and eight rebounds. The Knights committed 34 turnovers in the loss with Hope scoring 38 points off of Calvin’s turnovers.

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Carissa Verkaik Named to Capital One Academic All-District Second Team in Women’s Basketball

Friday, February 04, 2011

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Calvin College sophomore Carissa Verkaik has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV second team in women’s basketball in the college division as voted upon by the College Sports Information Director’s Association (CoSIDA). Capital One recently became the new sponsor of CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik carries a 3.51 grade point average while majoring in elementary education. As a sophomore center this year, Verkaik is averaging 18.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots per game. She is also connecting on 57.2 percent of her field goal attempts and 84.6 percent of her throw tries.

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Women’s Basketball Puts Defensive Clamps on Adrian in 57-32 Victory at Van Noord Arena

Friday, February 04, 2011

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The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team stretched its win streak to nine games with a 57-32 victory over visiting Adrian Thursday night at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Ranked 20th by d3hoops.com, Calvin improves to 18-3 overall and to 12-0 in the MIAA, setting up a Saturday showdown with rival Hope as the Flying Dutch improved to 10-1 in league play with a 79-59 win at Saint Mary’s Thursday night. Calvin will face Hope in Holland on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. In its victory over Adrian on Thursday, Calvin put the defensive clamps down in the first half, building a 31-10 halftime lead. Calvin’s first half defensive performance marked a new Van Noord Arena record for fewest points allowed by a Calvin team in a half.

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Women’s Basketball Moves Up in d3hoops.com Top 25 Poll

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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The Calvin women’s basketball team has moved up three spots in this week’s d3hoops.com Top 25 poll. The Knights are ranked 20th in this week’s poll, up three spots from a week ago when the Knights cracked the poll for the first time in three weeks. Calvin is currently 17-3 overall and in first place in the MIAA standings at 11-0 in conference play. Calvin currently owns an eight-game win streak. Last week, the Knights defeated Albion 62-36 and Kalamazoo 75-40. Calvin will host Adrian Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. and will then travel to rival Hope on Saturday for a 3 p.m. meeting at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Hope is ranked fourth in the d3hoops.com Top 25 poll. Calvin is also ranked 20th in the USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches poll released on Tuesday afternoon. The Knights were ranked 25th in the poll a week ago.

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Women’s Basketball Remains Unbeaten in MIAA Standings With 75-40 Win Over Kalamazoo

Sunday, January 30, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice

As the current league leader Calvin defended its place atop the MIAA standings Saturday night with a 75-40 victory over the Kalamazoo Hornets Saturday night at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Sophomore post Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI) led the Knights with 16 points and 8 rebounds.  Sophomore Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids, MI) also chipped in 12 points while grabbing 5 boards.Calvin boasted a powerful inside game Saturday night as the Knights outscored the Hornets in the paint 50-10.  Kalamazoo not being able to stop the Knights inside also allowed the perimeter shooters to have a number of looks as Calvin shot 36.4 percent from outside on 4 of 11 shooting.

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Women’s Basketball Team Picks Up 62-36 Road Win at Albion

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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ALBION - The Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 16-3 overall and to 10-0 in the MIAA with a 62-36 victory at Albion Wednesday evening. Calvin trailed 15-10 midway through the first half but ripped off 13 unanswered points to build a 23-15 lead and never looked back. Calvin was led in scoring by sophomores Kelsy Irwin and Ally Wolffis with 12 points apiece with Irwin going 4-for-4 from three-point range. As a team, Calvin was 9-of-19 from beyond the three-point arc for a 47.4 percent three-point clip. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik also had 10 points, six boards and three blocked shots while sophomore Julia Hilbrands chipped in with eight points and five rebounds off the bench for the Knights.

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