Carissa Verkaik Named Women’s DIII News Player of the Year
Monday, March 19, 2012
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Calvin College junior center Carissa Verkaik has been named the 2012 Women’s DIII News Player of the Year, the publication announced in its April issue.
Verkaik led the Knights to a 28-2 overall record while scoring 19.2 points, grabbing 8.8 rebounds and shooting better than 56 percent from the floor per game. She accumulated 13 double-double performances this year, including a 35-point, 12-rebound game against Siena Heights and a 15-point, 19-rebound effort against rival Hope. She earned Player of the Year honors in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
“Carissa was one of the top players heading into this year and she had a terrific season that proved she was worthy of this award,” said WDIIIN editor Gary Rubin. “The competition was fierce this year because of the number of quality players.”
Verkaik headlines the 2012 WDIIIN All-American team, where she was joined on the first team by Illinois Wesleyan guard Olivia Lett, Babson’s Nicole Wurdeman, Chicago’s Morgan Herrick and Amherst senior Caroline Stedman.
WDIIIN has named a Player of the Year every season since 1994.