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Late Comeback Effort Comes Up Short for Women’s Basketball Team in 77-73 Loss at Olivet

Saturday, January 04, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin women’s basketball team returned to conference play on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Olivet to take on the Comets at the Cutler Event Center. Olivet captured Saturday’s MIAA contest by a final score of 77-73, holding off a furious second-half comeback effort by the Knights.alvin shot 40.3% for the game while the Comets shot 52.9%. The Knights did force Olivet into 20 turnovers while committing only 12 of their own, but were out-rebounded 40-32. Tripp scored 19 to lead the Knights while Breanna Verkaik scored 14 and Engelhard 12. For the Comets, Carli Reid scored a game high 20 points while Chelsea Ciba scored 14 and Heather Lauwers and Stefanie Lang each scored 13. Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to the east side of the state for a non-conference matchup against the Rochester College Warriors.

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Women’s Basketball Suffers 80-50 Defeat to Nationally-Ranked Davenport

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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CALEDONIA - A three-minute stretch to end the first half and a five-minute stretch to open the second half combined to knock Calvin out of a non-conference contest at cross-town foe Davenport Saturday afternoon as the Knights suffered an 80-50 defeat. Saturday’s game was part of the two-day Davenport Holiday Classic.For 17 minutes of the first half, Calvin stood toe-to-toe with fourth-ranked (NAIA D2) Davenport University, trailing just 28-24.  The host Panthers went on an 11-2 run to end the half however to take a 39-26 halftime lead. Davenport (13-1) then went on an 18-2 run over the opening five minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was the only Calvin player to notch double-digits in scoring as she had 12 points to go with four rebounds. Junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) chipped in with eight points off the bench.

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Women’s Basketball Hits Century Mark in 111-62 Win Over Marygrove

Friday, December 27, 2013

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CALEDONIA - A red-hot shooting performance from the perimeter propelled the Calvin women’s basketball team to a 111-62 victory over Marygrove College at the Davenport Holiday Tournament Friday afternoon. Calvin’s point total is the second-highest single-game scoring total in school history, surpassed only by the 116 points scored against Kalamazoo in 1979. In its win over Marygrove, Calvin (7-3) connected on 12 of 19 attempts from three-point range for a sizzling 63.2 percent clip. Seven different Calvin players connected on at least one three-point field goal led by freshman MacKenzie Shelton (Niles/Brandywine HS) who was 3-of-4 from long range. Calvin led 63-37 at halftime and then proceeded to shoot 70 percent from the field in the second half. Five different Calvin players notched double-digits in scoring led by sophomore Abby Springer (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills HS) and freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) with 12 points apiece.  Juniors Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) had 11 points apiece while sophomore Jeanna Sybesma (Dallhart, TX/Dallhart HS) had a career-high 10 points off the bench. Calvin held a 47-37 rebounding advantage with sophomore Kally Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) collecting a team-high seven rebounds to go with nine points. Calvin will now prepare to face host Davenport on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Picks Up 95-28 Win at Illinois Institute of Technology

Saturday, December 21, 2013

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CHICAGO, IL - The Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 6-3 with a 95-28 victory over Illinois Institute of Technology Saturday night. Formerly an NAIA school, ITT recently reinstated its men’s and women’s basketball programs and is currently an NCAA III provisional member institution. Calvin jumped out to a 21-4 lead and led 48-6 at halftime. Calvin shot 50 percent in the first half and then shot 52.8 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes of play. Calvin was led by freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) who notched double-digits in scoring for the second straight game with a team-high 11 points. Junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) was next with 10 points while junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and freshman MacKenzie Shelton (Niles/Brandywine HS) had nine points apiece. ITT was led in scoring by Lauren Capuano with 14 points. Calvin returns to action on December 27 when it faces Marygrove College at 3 p.m. in a tournament hosted by Davenport University.

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Women’s Basketball Falls at Illinois Wesleyan 103-81

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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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).

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Calvin Selected to Host NCAA III Finals in Women’s Basketball & Women’s Volleyball in 2015 & 2017

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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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.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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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.

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Women’s Basketball Stretches Win Streak to Three With 68-63 Victory at Trine

Saturday, December 07, 2013

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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.

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Big Second Half Propels Calvin Women’s Basketball Team to 77-69 Victory Over Albion

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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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.

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Women’s Basketball Claims 65-55 Win at Manchester

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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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.

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