Carissa Verkaik Lands MIAA Player of the Week Honors In Women’s Basketball
Monday, February 22, 2010
For the third time this year, Calvin College freshman Carissa Verkaik has been named MIAA Player of the Week in women’s basketball. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik established an MIAA single-game scoring record Wednesday as she scored 46 points in leading the Knights to a 93-77 victory over Adrian.
The previous single-game record had been 42 points, set by Hopes Kari Nysse against Albion in 1996. Verkaik also set another MIAA single-game record with 18 field goals, breaking the previous mark of 17 set by Calvin’s Eileen Boonstra in 1980 and matched two years later by Laura Knapp of Adrian.
Verkaik added 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots Saturday as Calvin defeated Alma, 65-62. For the week, she made 24 of 31 shots (77 percent) from the field and 13 of 15 (87 percent) from the free-throw line.
Verkaik finished the MIAA conference season with 60 blocked shots for a new MIAA record average of 3.75 blocks-per-game. She also captured the MIAA scoring title with 296 points for an average of 18.5 points a game. In doing so, Verkaik became the first MIAA scoring champion from Calvin since Robyn Fennema did so during the 1999-2000 season.
Calvin returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Olivet in a first round MIAA tournament game at Van Noord Arena at 7:30 p.m.