Saturday, January 30, 2010
KALAMAZOO—The 10th-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team rolled to a 74-47 victory at Kalamazoo on Saturday to improve to 18-2 overall and 10-1 in MIAA play. The Knights remain a half-game behind league-leading Hope which improved to 10-0 in league play with a 77-41 victory over Olivet on Saturday.
The two teams will face each other on Wednesday night at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena in 7:30 p.m. with first place in the MIAA standings on the line. In the first meeting of the year, Hope defeated Calvin 73-58 in a game played on January 19 at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
NOTRE DAME, IN—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team picked up an important 67-57 victory at Saint Mary’s Wednesday night to remain in the MIAA title hunt. Ranked 10th in both the d3hoops.com Top 25 poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, Calvin is now 17-2 overall and 9-1 in the MIAA, remaining a half-game behind Hope which improved to 9-0 in league play with a 56-30 win over Trine on Wednesday.
In its win over Saint Mary’s (10-8 overall, 5-5 MIAA) Calvin took a 35-27 halftime lead only to see the Belles charge back to within two at 40-38 at the 13:31 mark. Calvin responded with an 13-1 scoring run fueled by five points off the bench by sophomore Jill Thomas that gave Calvin a 53-39 advantage.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor)
Looking to build off of a win against Alma in which the Knights had 22 turnovers, the Calvin women’s basketball team took on the Olivet Comets on Saturday. The Knights remained undefeated this year at Van Noord Arena winning the contest 63-46.
Both teams started out shooting hot from the floor. Olivet (5-13, 4-5MIAA) hung with favored Calvin (16-2, 8-1MIAA) for the first ten minutes of the game. With Calvin leading 15-8 with 11:59 remaining in the first half, the Knights half court defense stepped it up a notch. Olivet would only score eight more points the entire half. Calvin ended the half on a 17-8 run to lead 32-16 at the half.
Friday, January 22, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
After a tough loss to Hope this past Tuesday night in Holland, the Knights got back on the winning side of things at home against the Alma Scots in a turnover-happy game that saw Calvin win its seventh conference game by a margin of 15 points - 60-45.
At the midpoint of the MIAA season, Calvin is 7-1 in league play, one game behind Hope and two games ahead of third place Saint Mary’s.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
(written by Calvin sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
Basketball at Calvin has always been the trademark sport, the arena where bragging rights are won and lost and where maroon and gold are the only colors seen in the crowd. With that kind of tradition, it is indeed an honor to be considered a leader of one of Calvin’s basketball teams. This year that player would have to be Brook Van Eck, a senior post player who plays the game with heart every time she steps on the court.
Van Eck, a native of Lowell Michigan, helps lead a very young team this season currently ranked in the top 15 in the country. A year ago, she was named to the All-MIAA first team and was a two-time MIAA Player of the Week. Earlier this year, she was named the Most Valuable Player of the Wilmington Tip-Off Tournament and later earned a spot on the Olivet Thanksgiving Classic All-tournament team.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
In a showdown of nationally-ranked teams vying for first place in the MIAA standings, Hope defeated Calvin 73-58 in women’s basketball Tuesday night inside Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Calvin falls to 14-2 overall and to 6-1 in the MIAA while Hope improves to 15-1 overall and 7-0 in MIAA play.
Calvin trailed 35-18 at halftime, committing 18 first half turnovers. The Knights picked up the pace in the second half, scoring 40 second half points behind 53.6 percent shooting in the second 20 minutes of play. Calvin trimmed the Hope lead to 10 points in the second half but could get no closer. Calvin was led in defeat by senior Brook Van Eck with 15 points and five rebounds while freshman Carissa Verkaik had 14 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.
Calvin returns to action Thursday when it hosts Alma at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
ADRIAN - Calvin rebounded from a frigid first half shooting performance to post a 66-52 victory at Adrian on Saturday afternoon. The victory sets up a showdown for first place between Calvin and Hope next Tuesday night at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse as both teams will head into the rivalry game with overall records of 14-1 and MIAA marks of 6-0. Hope won at Albion 50-34 on Saturday to remain unbeaten in league play.
In its victory at Adrian on Saturday, Calvin led 27-23 at halftime despite shooting just 27 percent from the floor in the first half.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The Calvin Sports Information office recently caught up with the three seniors on the Calvin women’s basketball team: Amber Benthem, Brook Van Eck and Emily Ottenhoff for audio interviews. In all three interviews, the players talk about the current season and their overall time at Calvin as student-athletes.
All three seniors have played key roles in helping the Calvin women’s basketball team jump out to a 13-1 overall record including a league record of 5-0. Van Eck averages 10.4 points a game while Benthem comes in at 6.7 points and Ottenhoff 5.6 points per contest.
The Knights are currently ranked 12th in the USA TODAY/ESPN Division III Coaches’ poll and 17th in the most recent d3hoops.com top 25 poll. The Knights return to action on Saturday when they travel to Adrian for a 3 p.m. contest.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
GRAND RAPIDS - Still fresh off a long holiday break, the twelfth ranked Knights maintained their perfect 2010 MIAA record with a win Wednesday night at home against the Britons of Albion. Victorious by a score of 65-44, Calvin played good offense and even better defense, especially in the second half.
The Knights were led again by freshman Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI), who finished with 17 points and 13 boards. Verkaik also had a pair of big blocks on the night. Senior Amber Benthem (McBain, MI) and sophomore Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns, MI) added 11 points and junior Brook Van Eck (Lowell, MI) chipped in 7 points and grabbed 3 boards.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Calvin women’s basketball team continues to move up the national rankings. The Knights are now ranked 12th in the USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches Poll - up one spot from a week ago. In addition, Calvin is ranked 17th in the latest d3hoops.com Top 25 poll - up three spots from the previous week.
Under the direction of head coach John Ross, the Knights are off to a 12-1 start overall and a 4-0 mark in the MIAA. Calvin is currently tied with Hope for first place in the MIAA standings and will host Albion Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.
The game will feature an audio broadcast and a video stream at: Calvin Sports Live Link
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