Calvin Rains Down Threes In Record-Setting 106-59 Victory Over Albion
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
Coming off a tough 55-52 win over the Bulldogs of Adrian, Calvin was looking to come out hot against an Albion squad that had beaten Hope 63-46 this past Saturday – and Calvin did just that. The Knights shot 10-of-16 from three point range in the first half to build a 50-26 lead at the break. In the second half, the Knights’ shooting would improve, expanding their lead to 47 as the final buzzer sounded, giving Calvin the 106-59 win.
It marked Calvin’s highest point output since a 110-57 win over Kalamazoo in 1983 and marked the first time the Knights reached the century mark in points since 1995 when the Knights scored 104 in a win over Olivet. The Calvin team single-game scoring record is 116 points established in a win over Kalamazoo in 1979. In addition, Calvin established a single-game school record for most three-pointers in a game as the Knights finished 16-of-27 from beyond the three-point arc for a 59.3 percent clip.
The teams played neck-and-neck in the opening four minutes, tied at 6-6 with 16:20 remaining. A pair of three-point shots by junior Kelsey Irwin split by a trifecta from junior Carissa Verkaik gave Calvin a 15-6 advantage.
The Britons then cut the Calvin lead to 15-9 on a three-point shot of their own, but that was as close as it would get as hot shooting by the Knights continued to expand their lead.
Calvin’s lead was extended to as much as 26 on a three-pointer by senior Jill Thomas with 2:20 left before it settled at the 50-26 advantage at the break.
Irwin led all scorers at the half with a career high of 15 on 5-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. Thomas was also perfect from three-point range, shooting 3-of-3 in the opening period. Verkaik chipped in 12 points. Patty Rewa, Albion’s leading scorer and the MIAA’s leading rebounder, was limited to five points and three rebounds in the first half as she was called for three early fouls.
Out of the break, Calvin got nine combined points from Verkaik and freshman Kayla Engelhard to push the Knights lead to 59-26. The shots continued to fall for Calvin as it pushed its advantage to 41 on a free throw by freshman Breanna Verkaik.
With just over eight minutes remaining, Head Coach John Ross cleared his bench, and the offense didn’t seem to miss a beat. Junior Logan Marsh led the attack, shooting 6-of-6 from the free throw line and 3-of-4 from behind the arc en route to a career high 15 points. Freshman Maria DeKuiper chipped in seven points and Breanna Verkaik added seven of a career high 14 in those final minutes to give Calvin the 106-59 victory.
It marked Calvin’s highest point output since a 110-57 win over Kalamazoo in 1983 and marked the first time the Knights reached the century mark in points since 1995 when the Knights scored 104 in a win over Olivet. The Calvin team single-game scoring record is 116 points established in a win over Kalamazoo in 1979.
Leading the Knights in scoring was Carissa Verkaik with 20 points and six rebounds. Thomas scored nine to go along with a team-high five assists. Overall, Calvin totaled 28 assists on 57.8% shooting, 59.3% from behind the arc.
The Knights’ defense held the Britons to 30.9% shooting and forced the Albion offense into 18 turnovers. Rewa finished with just seven points and boards as she fouled out with more than six minutes remaining. The Britons were led in scoring by sophomore Taylor Nugent who scored 13 off the bench while Madeline Winters had 10. Senior Nicole Dennis added eight points and seven rebounds.
“We knew that Albion was a really good team and they were playing really, really well, and we had to play our best game of the year to beat them,” said Ross. “I would have been happy with a one point win, I have no idea what got into our shooting – to score that many points, I had to let our offense just go out there and keep shooting.”
Calvin now owns a two-game lead over Hope (8-2) in the MIAA standings and a three-game lead over Albion.
Calvin will host Trine on Saturday at 1 p.m.