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Women’s Basketball Moves To 9-1 With 78-35 Victory Over Kalamazoo at Van Noord Arena

Saturday, December 12, 2009

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The Knights made a big statement in early conference play with a 78-35 victory over Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon.

Calvin, now 9-1 and 2-0 in conference, led 43-12 at half and outrebounded Kalamazoo, now 0-8 and 0-3 in the MIAA, by a margin of 45-40. 

Calvin broke the game wide open from the first minute of a game it never trailed in. 

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Women’s Basketball Team Defeats Saint Mary’s 64-58 at Van Noord Arena

Friday, December 11, 2009

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The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team opened its MIAA campaign on a winning note, defeating Saint Mary’s 64-58 at the Van Noord Arena Friday night in a game that had originally been scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed because of weather conditions.

Friday’s game featured a rematch of last year’s MIAA Tournament semifinals, won by Saint Mary’s. In fact, the Belles (4-3 overall, 1-1 MIAA) won all three meetings against Calvin last year but on Friday, Calvin came out on top thanks to a solid all-around team effort.

Emily Ottenhoff Post-Game Audio Interview

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Women’s Basketball Game With Saint Mary’s Postponed Until Friday, December 11

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

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Tonight’s Saint Mary’s at Calvin women’s basketball game has been postponed because of a winter blizzard warning throughout western Michigan.

The game has been rescheduled for Friday, December 11 at 5 p.m. at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.

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Carissa Verkaik Has 39-point, 23-rebound Effort in 81-73 Win at Purdue-Calumet

Sunday, December 06, 2009

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HAMMOND, IN—Calvin College freshman Carissa Verkaik put together one of the finest single-game performances in Calvin women’s basketball history Saturday evening in leading the Knights to an 81-73 victory at Purdue Calumet University.

The Holland Christian High School graduate poured in 39 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked five shots. Verkaik was 15 of 24 from the floor, connected on her only three-point field goal attempt and swished 8 of 10 from the free throw line.

Calvin Women’s Basketball All-Time Single-Game Scoring Performances

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Women’s Basketball Falls to Carthage 58-47 in Meeting of Unbeaten Teams

Saturday, December 05, 2009

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KENOSHA, WI - In a meeting of nationally-ranked teams, Carthage put on the defensive clamps to hand the Calvin women’s basketball team its first loss of the year, defeating the Knights 58-47.

Carthage (6-0) limited Calvin (6-1) to just 32.8 percent field goal shooting and scored 23 points off of 22 Calvin turnovers to gain the win.

Senior Brook Van Eck (Lowell HS) led Calvin in defeat with 12 points while freshman Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) had 10 points. Diana Jacklin led Carthage with 21 points and six rebounds.

Carthage was also 10 of 12 at the free throw line while Calvin was just 4 of 4 at the stripe.

Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Purdue-Calumet University for a 6 p.m. (EST) contest.

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Manchester - Moves Into Top 25 National Rankings

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

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MANCHESTER, IN—A few hours after moving into the top 25 in both the D3hoops.com and USA Today / ESPN Coaches national polls, the Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 6-0 with a 60-44 victory at Manchester College Tuesday evening.

Earlier in the day, Calvin cracked both national polls as the Knights are ranked 25th in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll and 19th in the USA Today / ESPN Coaches poll.

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USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

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

Monday, November 30, 2009

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin forward Carissa Verkaik its Player of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through November 29.

Verkaik, a freshman from Holland (Holland Christian HS), scored 49 points, pulled down 26 rebounds and blocked nine shots in earning tournament Most Valuable Player honors at the Olivet Comet Classic. She scored 26 points and added 13 rebounds in a 79-66 victory over Elmhurst, Ill., then came back the next day to score 23 points, pull down 13 boards and block five shots as the
Knights defeated Siena Heights, 86-73.

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Siena Heights at Olivet Thanksgiving Classic - Verkaik Named Tourney MVP

Saturday, November 28, 2009

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OLIVET—The Calvin women’s basketball team upped its season record to 5-0 Saturday afternoon with an 86-73 victory over Siena Heights University in a second round game of the Olivet Thanksgiving Classic. Freshman Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) notched her fourth double-double of the season and her second of the tournament with 23 points and 13 rebounds to go with five blocked shots. 

One night prior in a 79-66 victory over Elmhurst, Verkaik notched 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. For her efforts over the course of the weekend, Verkaik was named the tournament MVP.

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Elmhurst 79-66 in Olivet Classic

Saturday, November 28, 2009

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OLIVET—The Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 4-0 with a 79-66 victory over Elmhurst (IL) Friday evening in a first round game of the Olivet Thanksgiving Classic. The final outcome was not indicative of how close the game was throughout as the Knights and Blue Jays were tied at 35 at halftime and Elmhurst held a 60-58 lead with just over six minutes remaining.

Calvin then mounted a 14-4 run over the next four minutes to build a 72-64 lead and take control of the game. The run was ignited by a pair of free throws and a subsequent field goal by Van Eck and a three-pointer by freshman Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns HS).

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Women’s Basketball Captures Wilmington Tip-Off Tournament Title - Now 3-0 on Year

Saturday, November 21, 2009

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WILMINGTON, OH—Calvin captured the championship of the Wilmington College Domino’s Tip-Off Tournament, defeating host Wilmington 67-59 in the championship game Saturday afternoon.

With freshman center Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) saddled with foul trouble on Saturday, senior forward Brook Van Eck (Lowell HS) stepped up to provide a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Allison Wolffis (Muskegon-Mona Shores HS) also scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench.

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