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Women’s Basketball Falls to Hope 73-58 in MIAA Showdown

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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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.

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Adrian 66-52 - Showdown for First Place at Hope Set for Next Week

Saturday, January 16, 2010

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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.

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Senior Salute - Meet The Three Seniors on the Calvin Women’s Basketball Team

Friday, January 15, 2010

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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.


Amber Benthem Audio Interview

Brook Van Eck Audio Interview

Emily Ottenhoff Audio Interview

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Women’s Basketball Remains Unbeaten in MIAA Play With 65-44 Victory Over Albion

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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(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.

Dave DeKorne Calvin/Albion Photo Gallery

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Women’s Basketball Moves Up In National Rankings - Prepares for MIAA Tilt With Albion Wednesday

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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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

USA TODAY/ESPN DIII Coaches’ Poll: WBCA DIII Coaches Poll

d3hoops.com Top 25 poll: d3hoops.com Top 25 poll

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Women’s Basketball Tops Trine - Remains Tied for First in MIAA Standings

Saturday, January 09, 2010

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ANGOLA, IN—Calvin broke an 18-day layoff with a 58-40 victory at Trine University on Saturday afternoon. Ranked 13th nationally in the coaches’ poll and 20th in the latest d3hoops.com Top 25 poll, Calvin improves to 12-1 overall and to 4-0 in the MIAA. The Knights currently share first place in the MIAA standings with rival Hope.

Calvin jumped out to a 26-13 halftime lead and stretched its lead to as many as 26 points in the second half.

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Calvin Partners With Stretch Internet To Stream Video of Games From Van Noord Arena

Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Calvin is partnering with Stretch Internet and will be streaming live video directly to its Web site from the Van Noord Arena in 2010.

The first video stream to be sent to the Calvin Web site will be the January 6, 2010, Calvin-Hope menís basketball varsity game. Calvin will stream the video and audio feed of the WGVU television broadcast for that game. Future home games in both men’s and women’s basketball as well as women’s volleyball will be a single-camera shot with house audio accompanying the video feed.

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

Monday, December 28, 2009

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. Ė The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Carissa Verkaik its Player of the Week in womenís basketball for games played through December 27.

Verkaik, a freshman from Holland (Holland Christian HS), scored 19 points and added 14 rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists as the Knights posted a 59-56 victory over Madonna. She has averaged 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, tops in the MIAA in both categories, in leading Calvin to an 11-1 start. Verkaik is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season.

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Women’s Basketball Holds of Madonna 59-56 at Van Noord Arena

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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GRAND RAPIDS—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team held off a determined Madonna squad Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Crusaders 59-56 at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Madonna (4-6) held a 53-51 lead with under five minutes remaining but the Knights (11-1) retook the lead at 54-53 on a triple by freshman Kelsey Irwin (Fraser HS) with 3:57 left to play. The triple was the fourth of the game for Irwin who played a key role in cracking Madonna’s zone defense.

(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)

John Ross Post-Game Interview

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Women’s Basketball Rolls to 78-54 Victory at Olivet To Remain Unbeaten in MIAA Play

Saturday, December 19, 2009

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OLIVET—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA with a 78-54 victory at Olivet Saturday afternoon.

At 10-1, Calvin is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season when it won 25 of its first 26 games.

Calvin’s inside attack proved too much for Olivet to overcome as freshman center Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) had 26 points on 12 of 13 shooting while senior forward Brook Van Eck (Lowell HS) had 11 points and freshman forward Allison Wolffis (Muskegon-Mona Shores HS) 10 points. Sophomore wing Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns HS) also had nine points, four rebounds, three blocked shots and a pair of assists.

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