Carissa Verkaik Named Division III Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in Women’s BBall
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
TOWSON, Md. – Senior center Carissa Verkaik has been chosen as the NCAA Division III Academic All-America® of the Year award winner for women’s basketball. In addition, she has also received a spot on the Capital One Division III Academic All-America first team.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA (College Sports Information Director’s Association of America) with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.
Verkaik, a Capital One Academic All-America® third team honoree last year, is averaging 19.8 points per game. The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association scoring leader, she ranks 19th in NCAA Division III.
An elementary education major with a 3.76 G.P.A., Verkaik is a two-time D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year and a 2012 DIII News Player of the Year who averages 8.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. A native of Holland, Mich., Verkaik is a three-time MIAA Most Valuable Player and three-time first-team All-MIAA honoree. She is the MIAA’s career scoring leader.
As a senior, she has led No. 3 Calvin to a 22-2 record. Last year, the Knights finished the season with a 28-2 record and reached the NCAA quarter-finals.
Recently, she became just the second player to score more than 1,000 points in league games. Verkaik is Calvin’s career leader in scoring (2,172 points) and blocked shots (428) and is tied for first on the Calvin career list in rebounds (1,034).
Verkaik is currently ranked third on the all-time NCAA Division III list in career blocked shots and is 21st in points scored.
She is the second individual from Calvin to be named a Capital One Academic All-American of the Year this academic year as Calvin senior Lizzie Kamp was so honored in women’s volleyball this past December.
It is the first time that Calvin has had two Capital One Academic All-Americans of the Year in the same academic year. Other Calvin student-athletes to have received the award include Chris Knoester in men’s basketball (1994), Joel Klooster in men’s cross country/track and field (2002) and Rebecca Kamp in women’s volleyball (2011).
Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA (Capital One) Academic All-America accolades 99 times including 67 times in the last 16 years. Calvin currently ranks eighth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.