Carissa Verkaik Named First Team All-American by d3hoops.com
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Calvin College sophomore Carissa Verkaik was named a first team d3hoops.com All-American this evening. The All-America teams were announced at halftime of Saturday’s NCAA national championship women’s basketball game between Amherst and Washington University.
Chelsie Schweers of Christopher Newport was named the 2011 d3hoops.com Player of the Year while Nancy Fahey of Washington University was the d3hoops.com Coach of the Year.
A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik was a third team d3hoops.com All-American a year ago.
Earlier this week, Verkaik was named the d3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year and was also named an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and State Farm.
This year, Verkaik averaged 19.8 points and 9.5 rebounds a game while also blocking 123 shots for an average of 4.1 blocks-per-game. She also connected on 59.6 percent of her field goal attempts and 86.7 percent of her free throw attempts.
She was particularly adept against nationally-ranked opponents. In Calvin’s six games against nationally-ranked opponents this year (Carthage, Chicago, Wisconsin-Whitewater and three against Hope) averaging 19.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots per game while connecting on 54.8 percent of her field goal attempts and 92.0 percent of her free throw attempts. She also notched double-doubles in five of Calvin’s six games against nationally-ranked teams.
Over the course of the year, she tallied 14 double-doubles and on two occassions, missed a triple-double by just one blocked shot. She was named to all-tournament teams three times this year, doing so at the Wisconsin Lutheran Tip-Off Tournament, the Olivet College Thanksgiving Classic and the Cal Lutheran Posoda Royale Holiday Classic. She was later named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row and earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team. In Calvin’s MIAA regular season finale against Trine, she became the fastest player in Calvin women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points for her career.
Heading into next year, Verkaik sits 10th on the Calvin career scoring list (1,121 points) and sixth on the Calvin career rebounding list (557).
Over the course of the season, she led Calvin to an overall record of 25-5 which included a share of the MIAA regular season title with Hope and Calvin’s first MIAA Tournament title since 2007. The Knights later advanced to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament before falling to eventual national quarterfinalist Chicago 67-62.