Carissa Verkaik Named MIAA Women’s Basketball MVP - Verkaik and Van Eck Named to All-MIAA 1st Team
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
For the first time in the history of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a freshman has been named the Most Valuable Player in women’s basketball.
Calvin freshman Carissa Verkaik was so honored on Monday afternoon by the MIAA. She is the seventh individual in Calvin women’s basketball history to be named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player. Verkaik was also named to the All-MIAA first team.
A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik captured the 2010 MIAA scoring title this season, averaging 18.5 points a game. In a 93-77 victory over Adrian on February 17, she established a new MIAA single-game record for points with 46 points on 18 of 20 field goal shooting.
She also established an MIAA single-season record for blocked shots per-game average, swatting an average of 3.75 shots per contest, breaking the previous record of 2.9.
During the season, Verkaik was a three-time MIAA Player of the Week and was recently named to the d3hoops.com National Team of the Week for the second time this year.
Verkaik is the seventh student-athlete from Calvin to receive MIAA Most Valuable Player honors this year. Other MVP recipients from Calvin this year include Greg Snapper (men’s soccer), Emily Ottenhoff (women’s soccer), Rebecca Kamp (volleyball), Jessica Koster (women’s cross country), Nick Kramer (men’s cross country) and Maggie Vail (women’s swimming).
Verkaik is joined on the All-MIAA women’s basketball first team by Calvin teammate Brook Van Eck. A senior forward, Van Eck hails from Lowell. She is a graduate of Lowell High School.
Van Eck is making her second consecutive appearance on the All-MIAA first team. In conference play, Van Eck averaged 10.9 points a game to rank 11th in the MIAA scoring race. She also led the MIAA in free throw percentage with an 88.5 percent clip. Overall, Van Eck is ranked 8th nationally in free throw percentage with an 88.2 percent clip. During the MIAA season, Van Eck had a stretch where she connected on 18 consecutive free throw attempts. Earlier in the year, Van Eck was named the Most Valuable Player of the Wilmington College Tip-Off Tournament. She was also voted to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District third team as voted upon by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America.
The Calvin women’s basketball team finished in second place in the MIAA standings with a 14-2 conference race. The Knights are currently 24-4 overall and will compete in a first round NCAA III Tournament game on Friday when they face the Green Knights of St. Nobert College. Friday’s game at St. Nobert in DePere, Wisconsin, is set to begin at 8:30 p.m.
MIAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS FROM CALVIN COLLEGE YEAR-BY-YEAR
Sharon Boeve, 1982
Julie Post, 1988
Kim Bartman, 1993
Pam Wubben (co-MVP), 1994
Kerry Walters, 1999
Lisa Winkle (co-MVP), 2006
Lisa Winkle (2007)
Carissa Verkaik (2010)