Verkaik Becomes First 2,000 Point Scorer in Calvin Women’s Bball History in Win Over Rochester
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Story by Troy Ellens/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
Saturday’s matchup at Van Noord Arena featured a non-conference game between the Rochester College Warriors and the Calvin College Knights. Early on both teams went back and forth as a 10-4 knights lead was quickly erased by two three pointers from Meagan Heiden. The warriors had their biggest lead 12 minutes into the game after a layup by Erika Wasson put them up 15-12.
The Knights then surged forward with a 9-0 run fueled by back-to-back three pointers from the sharp shooting Kelsey Irwin. The Knights would never look back as they slowly increased their lead throughout the rest of the game. The final score ended up being 74-54 the knights on top.
Senior Carissa Verkaik came into the game needing only 14 points to become the first player in Calvin’s history to reach 2,000 career points. She reached that mark four and a half minutes into the second with a put back layup. A timeout was called right after and Carissa Verkaik received a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd. She led the team with 22 points and 12 rebounds recording her 42nd career double-double. Kelsey Irwin also played well scoring 15 points off of 5-7 three-point shooting.
“Rochester really pushed us today and that was good,” said Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross. “In order to get ready for the second half of our league schedule, we need to be sharp. Rochester is a very talented team and they made us dig down. The score is not indicative of how hard-fought this game was.”
Ross also had words on Carissa Verkaik who became the first player in MIAA women’s basketball history to eclipse the 2,000 point plateau. “Carissa has had an unbelievable career but she would be the first person to tell you that she couldn’t have done it without her teammates,” said Ross. “She is just a great individual who is very coachable and willing to do whatever she can to help our team.”
The win pushes Calvin’s overall record to 15-1. The Knights remain 8-0 in the MIAA. Calvin will host Albion next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in an league contest at Van Noord Arena.