Calvin Women’s Basketball Falls to Hope - Shares MIAA Title - Wins Flip for Top Seed for MIAAs
Saturday, February 16, 2013
By Brett VenHuizen
HOLLAND, Mich. - The second ranked Calvin women’s basketball team fell to third-ranked Hope in on Saturday. Despite the 65-50 loss the Knights still secured a share of the MIAA regular season championship. Even though the game was lost, the Knights retained the number one seed and the privilege of hosting the MIAA tournament as decided by a coin flip that followed the game.
The Knights fell behind quickly in the first half and could never quite make up for it. At the break the score was 47-21. The Dutch shot an impressive 63% in the first half, while the Knights shot only 31%. The 47 points marked the highest total Calvin has given up in a half since allowing 48 points in the first half of a loss to Wilmington of Ohio in November of 2001.
“All of our problems started on defense.” Said sophomore point guard Kayla Engelhard. The Knights could not handle the offense of Hope in the first half and also could not get their own offense going. The Dutch were out rebounding the Knights by a margin of eleven.
The second half was better for the Knights but it was too little too late. The Knights played immensely better on the defensive side of the ball in the second half and held the Dutch to only four field goals and a shooting percentage of 16%.
After the game Coach John Ross said, “We stepped it up on defense in the second half and got things going on offense as well, but when you play a talented team like this they don’t make it easy to come back.” Senior Carissa Verkaik also added, “We were seeing the ball a lot better in the second half and were able to stop them from scoring like they did in the first.”
Carissa Verkaik lead all Calvin scorers with 19 points and 8 rebounds. The senior is now tied with Calvin great, Lisa Winkle, as the all-time leading rebounder in Calvin Women’s basketball. Both women are tied at 1,034 rebounds.
When asked about the record after the game Carissa said, ”It’s never been about the records. This is a team game and I couldn’t have done any of this without all of my teammates from my freshman year till now.”
Not only does Carissa now share this record but she is sole leader of the blocks and points categories as well being the first Calvin player in Calvin history to reach the 2,000 point plateau. Other leaders for Calvin were Kayla Engelhard with 10 points and Kelsey Irwin with 6. Julia Hilbrands also contributed 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in the loss.
Calvin will host a semifinal game next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against fourth-seeded Trine.
MIAA TOURNAMENT TICKET INFORMATION:
Wednesday, February 20 Games, 7:30pm: Doors open at 6:30pm
#4 Trine at #1 Calvin
#3 Olivet at #2 Hope
General Admission tickets for Wednesday’s game will be on sale at Calvin’s website (http:www.calvin.edu/boxoffice), and at the Box Office Monday through Wednesday, February 18 - 20 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Tickets will also be sold at the Arena starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday.
Ticket Prices: General Admission tickets are FREE for MIAA students with student ID. General Admission tickets are $3.00 for any college faculty/staff and students, High School students and children, and $5.00 for all others. There is no limit on the number of tickets to be purchased.