Carissa Verkaik Named Capital One Division III Academic All-American in Women’s Basketball
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Calvin College junior Carissa Verkaik has been named a Capital One Division III Academic All-American in women’s basketball. Verkaik has been named to the Division III Capital One Academic All-America Third Team. Verkaik is the second individual in Calvin women’s basketball history to receive the prestigious accolade as Lisa Winkle was an Academic All-American in both 2006 and 2007 in women’s basketbal
A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is averaging 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game while connecting on 56.5 percent of her field goal attempts. She has also blocked 100 shots for an average just over over four blocks per game. She is ranked nationally in both field goal percentage and blocked shots per-game average.
She has been a two-time MIAA Player of the Week this year and has tallied 10 double-doubles during the season including 34 over the course of her career. She has been a two-time MIAA MVP and a two-time first team All-MIAA selection.
Verkaik carries a 3.67 grade point average while majoring in education. A year ago, she was a member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
Verkaik has also found time to be a two-sport athlete at Calvin. Last spring, she was a member of the Calvin women’s track and field team and captured the league title in the high jump to earn a spot on the All-MIAA women’s track and field team. She later competed in the high jump at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Calvin women’s basketball team is currently 23-1 overall and recently captured its second straight MIAA regular season title with a 15-1 conference record. The Knights are currently ranked fifth by both d3hoops.com Top 25 poll and by the USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches Top 25 poll.