Monday, January 14, 2013
For the first time since week four of the 2007-08 season, the Calvin men’s basketball team has cracked the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. The Knights are ranked 21st in this week’s poll after having received votes last week but missing out on cracking the top 25. Meanwhile, the Calvin women’s basketball team continues to hold the number-two spot in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. It marks the third straight week that the Knights have held the number-two spot in the poll.The Calvin men’s basketball team holds a 13-2 overall record and is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season. The Calvin women’s basketball team is 13-1 overall and has lost just three games over the past two years. The Calvin women’s basketball team is coming off a 64-59 victory over rival Hope Saturday night. Calvin is in sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings at 7-0 in conference play.
Monday, January 14, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Carissa Verkaik and Olivet center Stefanie Lang its Players of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through January 15. Verkaik, a senior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), became just the second player in MIAA women’s basketball history to go over 1,000 career points in league play, averaging 19 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots as the Knights moved into sole possession of first place with a pair of wins. She had 21 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in a 97-53 win over Kalamazoo, then added 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in a 64-59 victory over Hope. Verkaik, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time this season and ninth time in her career, shot 58 percent from the field (14 of 24) and 82 percent at the line (9 of 11) for the week. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday, traveling to Adrian for a 6 p.m. contest.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo by Sandy Palmatter
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The second-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team faced off against rival Hope Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Van Noord Arena. In front of 2,973 fans, Calvin defeated fifth-ranked Hope 64-59 to improve to 13-1, 7-0 MIAA on the season. Carissa Verkaik and Engelhard led the Knights scoring 17 and 16 points respectively. Hilbrands chipped in 11, and senior Logan Marsh (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) chipped in eight points and three steals. Kussmaul and Kelley led Hope with 16 and 13 points respectively in defeat. Calvin shot and even 50 percent from the field, but turned the ball over 28 times and shot just 62.1 percent from the free throw line. Calvin returns to action Jan. 16, when it travels to Adrian for a 6:00 p.m. contest with the Bulldogs.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The second-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team rolled to a 97-52 victory over visiting Kalamazoo College Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena. The Calvin victory sets up a showdown for first place in the MIAA with rival Hope Saturday night at Van Noord Arena. Both teams will enter the 7:30 p.m. matchup with 6-0 conference records. Undefeated Hope (14-0 overall) is also ranked fifth in one national poll and sixth in another. In its win over Kalamazoo Wednesday, Calvin (12-1 overall) led 44-17 at halftime and never looked back. The Knights connected on 53 percent of their field goal attempts including 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from three-point range. Senior Carissa Verkaik led Calvin with 21 points, eight rebounds, five blocked shots and four steals. She has now scored in double figures in 97 of a possible 102 career games and will carry a 20-game double-figure scoring streak into Saturday’s game with Hope. Senior Julia Hilbrands also continued her strong play off the bench, contributing 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Senior Ally Wolffis contributed eight points
Saturday, January 05, 2013
(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)
ANGOLA, IN - The second-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team claimed a 64-36 victory at Trine University Saturday afternoon, improving to 11-1 overall and to 5-0 in the MIAA. Calvin rode the hot hand of senior sharpshooter Kelsey Irwin in the first half and then used stifling defensive pressure in the second half to roll to the win.Irwin (Fraser/Fraser HS) was 5-of-6 from three-point range in the first half - en route to a game-high 15 points. Irwin connected on her first five three-pointers, allowing her to move past 1995 graduate Cheryl Essenburg and into second place on the Calvin career three-point field goal list. Irwin now has 155 triples in her career and amazingly has recorded just a pair of two-point field goals in her career. She is 29-of-60 from three-point range this year for a 48.3 percent three-point clip and has converted 155-of-378 three-point field goal attempts for a career three-point clip of 41.0 percent. Kristen McDonald (2005 grad) is Calvin’s career three-point field goal leader with 187.
Friday, January 04, 2013
The Calvin women’s basketball team has risen up to the number-two spot in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. The poll was released Wednesday evening. Calvin had been ranked third in the previous four polls but moved up a spot this week with DePauw University holding down the top spot. Calvin and DePauw are part of five teams from the Great Lakes Region that are in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll as Hope is ranked sixth, Ohio Northern ranked 12th and Mount Union ranked 13th. Calvin will travel to Trine University on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest. The game will feature a live audio broadcast and a live stats scoreboard.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The third-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team claimed a 67-54 victory over Concordia of Wisconsin Saturday afternoon to improve to 10-1 on the season.The Knights used strong post play to claim the win as senior Julia Hilbrands notched a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds off the bench while senior Carissa Verkaik had 18 points and 8 boards while battling foul trouble. Calvin led 46-27 at halftime and led by 21 points at 65-43 with 3:52 to play before Concordia used a late scoring spurt to make the final margin of victory 13 points. Calvin will return to action on January 5 when it travels to Trine for a 3 p.m. MIAA contest.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. - The third-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team claimed a 78-32 victory at Colorado College Friday night. The Knights are now 9-1 on the season and have won eight consecutive games. Calvin led 41-16 at halftime, limiting the host Tigers to just six first half field goals while forcing 22 turnovers. Calvin kept the pressure on in the second half to close out the win as Colorado College shot just 16.7 percent over the final 20 minutes of play. Calvin used its inside game to its advantage as seniors Carissa Verkaik and Julia Hilbrands scored 10 points apiece. Sophomores Breanna Verkaik and Abby VanderWoude along with senior Ally Wolffis had eight points apiece. Senior Kelsey Irwin added a pair of triples to build her career total to 149.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)
OLIVET - The third-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team put on a dominating first half performance - en route to an 84-47 victory over an on-the-rise Olivet squad Saturday afternoon at the Cutler Events Center. Calvin (8-1 overall, 4-0 MIAA) led 45-14 at halftime and never looked back in cruising to the win. The 14 points allowed marked Calvin’s best defensive performance in a half this year and marked the fourth time this season that the Knights have held the opposition under 20 points in the first half. On the offensive end. Calvin shot 48.7 percent from the floor through the first half of play led by senior Carissa Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) who tallied 19 first half points including 12 of Calvin’s first 21. A preseason All-America selection, Carissa Verkaik finished the game with 24 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, connecting on 9-of-18 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three-point range. Senior Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) came off the bench to drop in 10 points and grab six rebounds while sophomore Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) had nine points in a reserve role.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
By Mark De Haan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A ten-day layoff for the Calvin women’s basketball team ended on Saturday as the Knights played host to the Belles of Saint Mary’s. Calvin struggled early, but four first half three-pointers from senior Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, Fraser HS) jump started the Knights’ offense en route to a 77-56 victory. Carissa Verkaik led Calvin with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Engelhard added 14 points while Irwin chipped in 12. Irwin moves into third on the career three-pointers made list with 145 for her career. The Belles were led in defeat by junior Shanlynn Bias (Griffin, Ind./Griffin HS) who scored 14 points. Paul added 12 points for Saint Mary’s.
The Knights are now 3-0 in the MIAA and 7-1 overall, while Saint Mary’s drops to 1-4 in league play and 3-7 overall. Calvin’s next game is Saturday, December 22 against the Comets of Olivet. Olivet is currently tied with Calvin and Hope atop the MIAA at 3-0 in league play.