Breanna Verkaik Receives D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Honors
Monday, March 17, 2014
Calvin College junior Breanna Verkaik has been named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region third team. She is receiving D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region honors for the first time.
A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik had a break-out season this year, averaging 15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists-per-game.
She also connected on 82 percent of her free throw attempts, 54.5 percent of her field goal attempts as well as 40 percent of her tries from beyond the three-point arc. She also had 39 steals and 28 blocked shots.
She will carry a nine-game double-figure scoring streak into her senior year. Included in that stretch was a career-high 29 point effort in a February regular season loss to Olivet. Just over a week later in the MIAA Tournament semifinals, she lit up Olivet again, scoring 27 and ripping down a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Calvin to an 80-76 win over the then 18th-ranked Comets.
At the conclusion of the MIAA season, she was named to the all-conference first team. She was also named MIAA Player of the Week once.
The Calvin women’s basketball team finished 19-8 overall and 12-4 in the MIAA which was good for a third place league finish. The Knights then reached the MIAA Tournament finals before falling to Hope to end the season.
Kruis and Brink Receive D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Honors
Two members of the Calvin men’s basketball team have received D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region honors. Senior Tyler Kruis has been named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team while junior Jordan Brink has been named to the third team. Both players are receiving D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region accolades for the first time.
A senior, Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a game while connecting on 55.6 percent of his field goal attempts.
A four-time MIAA Player of the Week this year, Kruis also connected on 71.6 percent of his free throw attempts and swatted 29 shots. He was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and landed a spot on the All-MIAA first team.
He concluded his Calvin career with 1,184 career points, ranking 14th on the Calvin career scoring list. He also finished with 159 career blocked shots, ranking third on the Calvin career list.
Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) averaged 15.6 points and 3.5 rebounds a game while connecting on 45.5 percent of his three-point field goal attempts which ranks as the 10th-best single-season three-point field goal clip in Calvin men’s basketball history. He also connected on 65 triples during the year which is the 12th-best single-season total in Calvin hoops history.
A two-time MIAA Player of the Week, Brink was named to the All-MIAA first team earlier this month. In an 83-75 upset victory over second-ranked Washington University of St. Louis in the second round of the NCAA III Tournament, he tallied a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Calvin concluded its season last weekend with an overall record of 24-6, falling at sixth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan in the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament.
Lauren Spoelstra Named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week in Women’s Lacrosse
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin goalkeeper Lauren Spoelstra its Defensive Player of the Week in women’s lacrosse for games played through March 16.
Spoelstra, a senior from Oakland, N.J. (Eastern Christian HS), made six saves on 14 shots on goal in leading Calvin to a 15-8 victory over Robert Morris, Ill. She also had two ground balls and caused one turnover. Spoelstra is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
Calvin is currently 2-2 on the year and scheduled to return to action on March 22 when it travels to Georgetown College of Kentucky for a non-conference game. Calvin was scheduled to face Aquinas this evening but that match has been postponed because of weather. A makeup date has not yet been set.