Carissa Verkaik Named d3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Calvin College freshman Carissa Verkaik has been named to the d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team in women’s basketball. In addition, Verkaik has been named the d3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year.
A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is the first player from Calvin to be named Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year by d3hoops.com which has been selecting all-region teams since the 2001-02 season. Verkaik is one of two MIAA players named to the d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region team as Carrie Snikkers was named to the first team and was named the Great Lakes Region Player of the Year.
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.
Verkaik is the fourth individual in Calvin women’s basketball history to receive d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region honors as Marcia Harris, Lisa Winkle and Kristen McDonald were all previously so honored.
2010 d3hoops.com Women’s Basketball Great Lakes All-Region Teams: d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Women’s Teams
ALL-TIME CALVIN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL d3HOOPS.COM ALL-REGION SELECTIONS
2009-10 Carissa Verkaik (1st team) - Verkaik was also named Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year
2007-08 - Marcia Harris (1st team)
2006-07 - Lisa Winkle (1st team) & Marcia Harris (3rd team) - Winkle was also named Great Lakes Region Player of the Year.
2005-06 - Lisa Winkle (1st team)
2004-05 - Kristen McDonald (2nd team) & Lisa Winkle (2nd team)
2003-04 - Lisa Winkle (3rd team)