Carissa Verkaik Named d3hoops.com Freshman of Year - Named d3hoops.com Third Team All-American
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Calvin College freshman Carissa Verkaik has been named the Division III Freshman of the Year in women’s basketball by d3hoops.com. The award was announced shortly before the tipoff of Saturday’s NCAA III Championship final between Hope and Washington University (MO). Verkaik’s honor gave the MIAA a clean sweep of the top two playing awards annoucned by d3hoops.com as Hope junior Carrie Snikkers was named the Division III Player of the Year by d3hoops.com.
A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik has also been named to the d3hoops.com All-America third team announced today. Earlier this week, Verkaik was named the Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year earlier this week by d3hoops.com. She joins Lisa Winkle (2006 honorable mention, 2007 third team) as the only d3hoops.com All-Americans in Calvin women’s basketball history.
Verkaik recently concluded a record-setting freshman campaign. During the 2009-10 season, Verkaik scored 46 points in a 93-77 win over Adrian, establishing a Calvin and MIAA single-game record in the process. The point total is the highest single-game total in NCAA III women’s basketball this spring. Verkaik also established an MIAA single-season record for blocks-per-game average, blocking 60 shots in 16 league games for an average of 3.75 blocks-per-contest.
Over the course of the entire season, Verkaik averaged 18.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. She connected on 56.9 percent of her field goal attempts, 82.4 percent of her free throw attempts and 45.8 percent (11 of 24) of her three-point field goal attempts.
Verkaik was a two-time d3hoops.com Team of the Week selection during the season and was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and selected to the All-MIAA first team. Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 24-5. The Knights were 14-2 in league play, good for second place in conference play. The Knights also earned a bid to the NCAA III Tournament - their 12th overall.