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Women’s Basketball Falls in Overtime 64-63 to IU-South Bend

Saturday, November 27, 2010

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OLIVET - The Calvin women’s basketball team dropped a 64-63 overtime decision to the Titans of Indiana University-South Bend Saturday afternoon at the Olivet Thanksgiving Classic to dip to 3-2 on the year. IU-South Bend scored the winning basket with 11 seconds left in overtime with a three-pointer by Calvin at the buzzer just off the mark. A lack of perimeter shooting proved to be Calvin’s undoing as the Knights were just 3-of-24 from three-point range in the defeat. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik was a bright spot for the Knights, just missing a triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Courtney Kurncz, Jill Thomas and Ally Wolffis added eight points each for the Knights in defeat. For her efforts, Verkaik was named to the all-tournament team.

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Women’s Basketball Rolls to 87-59 Win Over Aquinas at Olivet Thanksgiving Classic

Saturday, November 27, 2010

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OLIVET - Calvin rolled to an 87-59 victory over cross-town rival Aquinas College Friday evening in a first round game of the Olivet College Thanksgiving Classic. Sophomore center Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) poured in 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting while blocking four shots. Verkaik was one of four Calvin players to notch double-digits in scoring as sophomore Allison Wolffis (Muskegon-Mona Shores HS) had 15 points, junior Heather DeKleine (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) 11 points and junior Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns HS) 10 points. Fresh off her stint on Calvin’s national championship women’s volleyball team, sophomore Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids Christian HS) made her season debut and scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds off the bench.

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

Monday, November 22, 2010

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Carissa Verkaik and Hope center Carrie Snikkers its Players of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through November 21. Verkaik, a sophomore from Holland (Holland Christian HS), scored 64 points (21.3 per game), grabbed 32 rebounds (10.7 per game) and blocked 10 shots (3.3 per game) in leading the Knights to a 2-1 record for the week. She scored 25 points in a 62-48 season-opening win over Manchester, Ind., and had 23 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 60-54 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater. Verkaik, who shot 49 percent from the field (25 of 51) and 82 percent from the line (14 of 17) for the week, is being honored as Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career.

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Heidelberg at WI-Lutheran Tournament

Sunday, November 21, 2010

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MILWAUKEE, WI - Calvin bounced back with a 65-40 victory over Heidelberg College in the consolation game of the Wisconsin-Lutheran Tipoff Tournament Saturday afternoon. Calvin led 44-16 at halftime and never looked back as the Knights shot 52.9 percent from the floor in the first half.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to UW-Whitewater at WI-Lutheran Tournament

Sunday, November 21, 2010

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MILWAUKEE, WI - Calvin suffered its first defeat of the young season, falling to Wisconsin-Whitewater 60-54 in the opener of the Wisconsin-Lutheran Tipoff Tournament Friday evening. Calvin (1-1) will face Heidelberg College in the consolation game at 2 p.m. (EST) Saturday afternoon. Friday’s contest was a game of two different halves as Calvin led 34-21 at halftime only to see the Warhawks outscore the Knights 39-20 over the final 20 minutes of play.

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One Stop Shopping Guide for Live Stats, Live Video and Live Audio for Busy Calvin Weekend

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Click on the headline above to find a list of links to live stats, live audio and live video coverage of a busy weekend of Calvin College sports.Live video coverage will include men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s basketball with audio coverage also included for men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball. Live Stats scoreboards will be included for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s soccer.

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Women’s Basketball Opens Season With 62-48 Win Over Manchester at Van Noord Arena

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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By sports information student assistant Derek Neice

In its opening game of the 2010-11 season, Calvin defended its home court well against Manchester College as the Knights rolled to a 62-48 victory.  An extremely young team that is returning only two starters from last year and having only two seniors on the roster, the Knights showed they do have some work to do in terms of gelling more as a team, but Calvin
played strong defensively and sophomore Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI) scored a team-leading 25 points to give the Knights their first win of the year.

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2010-11 Calvin Women’s Basketball Outlook

Thursday, November 04, 2010

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2010-11 Calvin Women's Basketball Schedule

The Calvin women’s basketball team will seek to continue the momentum of a 24-5 campaign of a year ago. The Knights parlayed the 24-win season into their first NCAA III Tournament appearance in four years. Calvin returns two starters and nine letterwinners from its 2009-10 team. Returning starters include 5-11 junior forward Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns, MI/St. Johns HS) and 6-2 sophomore center Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI/Holland Christian HS). Other returning letterwinners include 5-3 senior guard Leah Morrison (Chelsea, MI/Chelsea HS), 5-6 senior guard Allie Duernberger (Long Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar HS), 5-7 junior point guard Leah Mattson (Cadillac, MI/Cadillac HS), 5-6 junior guard Jill Thomas (Grand Rapids, MI/West Catholic HS), 5-5 sophomore guard Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI/Fraser HS), 5-11 sophomore forward Ally Wolffis (Muskegon, MI/Mona-Shores HS) and 6-0 sophomore post Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian HS).

Pre-Season Audio Interview with Women’s Basketball Coach John Ross

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Women’s Basketball Ranked 24th in d3hoops.com Top 25 Preseason Poll

Monday, November 01, 2010

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The Calvin women’s basketball team has cracked another pre-season Top 25 poll. The Knights are ranked 24th in the d3hoops.com Top 25 pre-season poll released this weekend. The Knights have also been ranked 19th in the pre-season issue of Women’s Division III News.

Amherst (MA) is the number-one ranked team in the d3hoops.com Top 25 poll while MIAA rival Hope is ranked second. Of note, Carthage (WI) is ranked ninth. Calvin is scheduled to host Carthage on December 8.

A year ago, Calvin posted an overall record of 24-5 and advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

Calvin is scheduled to open its season on November 16 when it hosts Manchester College at 7:30 p.m. at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.

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Women’s Basketball Ranked 19th in WDIII News Pre-Season Poll - Verkaik Named Pre-Season All-American

Thursday, October 07, 2010

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The Calvin women’s basketball team is ranked 19th in the pre-season Top 25 poll released by Women’s Division III News. A year ago, Calvin finished 24-5 overall and advanced to the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights return 2010 MIAA MVP Carissa Verkaik who heads into her sophomore season. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik has been named a pre-season All-American by Women’s Division III News. Verkaik averaged 18.1 points and 9.4 rebounds a game during her freshman campaign. The Calvin women’s basketball team will open its season on November 16 when it hosts Manchester College at Van Noord Arena.

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