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Women’s Basketball Rolls To Win Over Wesleyan at Posada Royale Tournament

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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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).

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Women’s Basketball Moves Back Into D3hoops.com Top 25 poll

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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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.

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

Monday, December 20, 2010

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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.

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Verkaik Just Misses Triple-Double as Knights Hold Off Albion in Key Conference Game Saturday

Saturday, December 18, 2010

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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.

Grand Rapids Press Story on Calvin/Albion Game

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Calvin Coaching Corner - Installment #1

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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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.

Kevin Vande Streek Calvin Coaching Corner Installment #1

John Ross Calvin Coaching Corner Installment #1

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Women’s Basketball Remains Unbeaten in League Play With 76-35 Win at Kalamazoo

Saturday, December 11, 2010

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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.

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Calvin Rides Three-Ball Attack in Upset Victory Over Fifth-Ranked Carthage

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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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.

John Ross Audio Interview

Jill Thomas Audio Interview

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Big Week Ahead for Calvin Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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A big week of action is on tap for the Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams this week. On Wednesday, the Calvin women’s basketball team will host unbeaten and fifth-ranked Carthage College (6-0) at 7 p.m. at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. On Saturday, the Knights will journey to Kalamazoo for a 3 p.m. conference game. On the men’s side, Calvin is preparing to travel to Palos Heights, Illinois, on Saturday for a 6 p.m. (EST) matchup against Trinity Christian College. The varsity game will be preceded by a 4 p.m. (EST) contest between the Calvin and Trinity Christian College junior varsity teams.In last Saturday’s 88-80 loss to nationally-ranked Carthage College, Calvin sophomore Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) scored a career-high 33 points. To see a list of Calvin’s all-time 30-point scorers, visit the Calvin website at: All-Time List of 30 Point Scorers

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Women’s Basketball Rolls to Big Win at St. Mary’s - Now 2-0 in League Play

Saturday, December 04, 2010

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

NOTRE DAME, IN - Calvin remained unbeaten in the MIAA with a 76-55 victory at St. Mary’s on Saturday.  The win advanced its record to 2-0 in conference and 5-2 overall.The Knights opened up a double digit lead in the middle of the first half and didn’t look back.  They finished the half up by 10.  The deficit would never drop below that. Calvin began the second half on fire, scoring six unanswered points, all of them from the paint.  Ally Wolffis had four of those, en route to a career high 21 points. 

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Women’s Basketball Team Opens MIAA Season With Win at Adrian

Thursday, December 02, 2010

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ADRIAN - The Calvin women’s basketball team opened its 2010-11 MIAA campaign with a 75-40 victory at Adrian Wednesday night. Calvin (4-2 overall, 1-0 MIAA) is now 7-1 in MIAA openers under head coach John Ross. Calvin jumped out to a 35-17 halftime lead, connecting on 53.6 percent of its field goals in the first half. The Knights then shot 61.5 percent in the second half as they continued to stretch the lead. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) led the Knights with 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting while junior Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns HS) had a big evening with 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting including 2-of-2 from three-point range. Sophomore Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids Christian HS) also tossed in a career-high 13 points off the bench.

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