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Women’s Basketball Improves to 2-0 With 68-50 Win Over Marian

Saturday, November 21, 2009

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WILMINGTON, OH – A youthful Calvin women’s basketball team upped its season record to 2-0 on the year with a 68-50 victory over Marian College (IN) Friday night at the Wilmington Inn/Damon’s Tip-Off Tournament.

Freshman center Carissa Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had another big game with 17 points and 13 rebounds, recording her second double-double of the season. Sophomore Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns/St. Johns HS) had 11 points while senior Brook VanEck (Lowell/Lowell HS) had nine points and senior Amber Benthem (McBain/McBain Christian HS) and freshman Allison Wolffis (Muskegon/Muskegon Mona Shores HS) eight points apiece.

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Women’s Basketball Topples Cornerstone 69-50 In Season Opener

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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(Written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)

GRAND RAPIDS - Basketball has made its comeback here at Calvin as the weather turns colder around campus.  Last week the men opened their season with a home exhibition game against Division II team Ferris State University, and the women initiated regular season play Tuesday night against East Beltline rival Cornerstone University.  In that game the Knights would initiate strong defense and shoot very well from the floor as they rolled to a comfortable 69-50 win over the Golden Eagles.

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Men’s Basketball Picked as Co-Favorite/Women’s Basketball Picked Second in MIAA Coaches’ Poll

Thursday, November 05, 2009

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The MIAA men’s and women’s basketball pre-season coaches’ polls have been announced. On the men’s side, Calvin has been picked as the MIAA co-favorite with Hope. Both teams received four first place votes and four second place votes, creating a tie with 10 points apiece. Olivet was picked to finish third.

On the women’s side, Calvin was picked to finish second behind defending champion Hope. Hope received six first place votes while Calvin received two. Saint Mary’s was picked to finish third.

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2009-10 Calvin Women’s Basketball Outlook

Monday, November 02, 2009

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2009-10 Calvin Women's Basketball Schedule

The Calvin women’s basketball team will seek to blend youth and experience this upcoming season as the Knights will feature a handful of savvy veterans and an abundance of talented players among their freshmen and sophomore classes.

Veteran leadership will come from seniors Brook Van Eck (Lowell/Lowell HS) , Emily Ottenhoff (Palos Heights, IL/Chicago Christian HS),  and Amber Benthem (McBain/McBain Christian HS) along with juniors Leah Morrison (Chelsea/Chelsea HS) and Kacy Cryderman (Dimondale/Holt HS).

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Calvin Basketball Teams Receive Preseason National Rankings by DIII News/WDIII News

Thursday, October 15, 2009

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DIII News/WDIII News Site

The Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams are both ranked nationally in the preseason issues of DIII News and WDIII News respectively.

In the DIII News preseason top 25 poll, Calvin is ranked 18th. Defending national champion Washington University of St. Louis is the preseason number-one ranked team. Calvin is one of two MIAA teams in the preseason top 25 poll as Hope is ranked 11th.

Meanwhile, the Calvin women’s basketball team is ranked 20th in the WDIII News preseason top 25 poll. Washington University of St. Louis - last year’s national runner-up - is the preseason number-one ranked team. Calvin is one of two MIAA teams in the preseason WDIII News poll as defending MIAA champion Hope is ranked third.

DIII News/WDIII New Top 25 Preseason Polls

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Women’s Basketball Receives Academic Honors From WBCA - Places Fifth on NCAA III List

Thursday, July 09, 2009

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WBCA Top 25 release

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its 2008-2009 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior college/Community College and Calvin College is one of 25 Division III schools that have been so honored. The awards recognize teams throughout the nation that have the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the 2008-2009 season based upon nominations submitted by WBCA-member coaches.

Under the direction of head coach John Ross, the Calvin women’s basketball team compiled a 3.503 cumulative grade point average, leaving the Knights ranked fith on the list of 25 Division III teams that made the honor roll. This is the fourth straight year that Calvin has received the honor.

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Calvin Teams and Athletes Receive MIAA Academic Honors

Thursday, July 02, 2009

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2008-09 Calvin MIAA Academic Honor Roll Listing

A record 10 Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2008-09 academic year. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2008-09 academic year.

Meanwhile 15 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for the fourth straight year.

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Calvin Breaks NCAA III Single Game Attendance Record for Women’s Hoops - 3rd in Overall Attendance

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

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NCAA Women's Basketball Attendance Figures

Calvin College has finished third in the final NCAA III women’s basketball attendance standings with an average of 1,053 fans per game. Calvin’s attendance mark was strengthened by an NCAA III single-game attendance record of 4,395 fans for its January 7, 2009, game against Trine University. The January game against Trine served as the first-ever varsity basketball game inside Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. The single-game attendance record was confirmed by the NCAA statistics office this afternoon. It breaks the previous NCAA III single-game attendance mark of 4,356 fans established by Howard Payne (TX) during an NCAA III Tournament second round game against Chapman on March 3, 2007.

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Marcia Harris and Brook Van Eck Named to All-MIAA Women’s Basketball Team

Monday, March 02, 2009

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All-MIAA Women's Basketball Team

Two members of the Calvin women’s basketball team have received All-MIAA accolades. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are senior center Marcia Harris and junior forward Brook Van Eck.

Harris is receiving first team All-MIAA honors for the fourth consecutive year. She is just the second individual in MIAA women’s basketball history to be named to the All-MIAA first team four straight years. Harris joins Calvin graduate Lisa Winkle (2004-2007) as the only two players in MIAA history to achieve the feat.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to Saint Mary’s in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Friday, February 27, 2009

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Saint Mary’s 67, Calvin 58

NOTRE DAME, IN—The 2008-09 season came to an end for the Calvin women’s basketball team in the MIAA Tournament semifinals Thursday evening as the Knights were defeated by the host Belles of Saint Mary’s 67-58.

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