Carissa Verkaik Has 39-point, 23-rebound Effort in 81-73 Win at Purdue-Calumet
Sunday, December 06, 2009
HAMMOND, IN—Calvin College freshman Carissa Verkaik put together one of the finest single-game performances in Calvin women’s basketball history Saturday evening in leading the Knights to an 81-73 victory at Purdue Calumet University.
The Holland Christian High School graduate poured in 39 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked five shots. Verkaik was 15 of 24 from the floor, connected on her only three-point field goal attempt and swished 8 of 10 from the free throw line.
Verkaik finished just one point shy of matching the single-game Calvin scoring record, three rebounds shy of matching the Calvin single-game rebounding record and two field goals shy of matching the Calvin single-game field goal mark. Eileen Boonstra and Kristen McDonald share the Calvin single-game scoring record with 40 points with Boonstra holding Calvin single-game marks for rebounds (26) and field goals (17).
Verkaik led a powerful post contingent for Calvin as freshman Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids Christian HS) scored a career-high 10 points off the bench while senior Emily Ottenhoff (Palos Heights, IL/Chicago Christian HS) also had 10 points in a reserve role including a pair of three-pointers. Senior power forward Brook Van Eck (Lowell HS) also had eight points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Courtney Kurncz also contributed six points and 10 rebounds.
Calvin outrebounded Purdue Calumet 61-35 but the host Peregrines (4-6) were able to hang in the game due to the Knights committing 30 turnovers. Calvin led 40-30 at halftime and stretched its lead to 20 points at 57-37 five minutes into the second half.
Purdue Calumet refused to fold and cut the gap down to just six points at 77-71 with just 1:04 remaining but the Knights (7-1) were able to seal the win with two free throws from Ottenhoff and two more from Verkaik inside the final minute of play.
Purdue Calumet was led by Stephaine Beck with 19 points while Jennifer Britton had 17 points.
Calvin will now prepare for its MIAA opener on Wednesday when the Knights host Saint Mary’s at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena. The game will feature a rematch of last year’s MIAA Tournament semifinals that was won by Saint Mary’s.