Women’s Basketball Claims 95-68 Win at Saint Mary’s
Thursday, January 16, 2014
(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)
NOTRE DAME, IN – The Calvin women’s basketball team has suddenly found a new offensive gear. For the second consecutive game, the Knights hit the 90-point plateau, this time in a 95-68 victory at Saint Mary’s College Wednesday night.
The victory came on the heels of a 91-31 win over Alma on Saturday.
The win lifts Calvin’s overall record to 9-5 and its conference mark to 4-2 as the Knights near the mid-point of the league schedule. Calvin currently sits in a tie for third place with Kalamazoo in the league standings with the Hornets slated to come to Calvin on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tilt.
Calvin broke open a tight game with a 33-17 run that allowed the Knights to take a 51-31 halftime lead.
Saint Mary’s 4-11 overall, 2-4 MIAA) was able to whittle the deficit down to nine points at 64-55 early in the second half but then the Knights reeled off 10 unanswered points to regain control of the contest and put the game on ice.
“Saint Mary’s is a tough place to play and anytime we can get a win down here it feels good,” said Calvin head coach John Ross. “Saint Mary’s came at us hard to start the second half and we were able to withstand their run and come back with one of our own. That was good to see. It was also good to see Kayla Engelhard come up with a real nice game offensively. This was probably her best game of the year and we’re hoping this will help keep her moving forward.”
Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) finished with a season-high 23 points, hitting on 8-of-13 from the field including 6-of-10 in the first half. She also collected four steals, dished out three assists and corralled five rebounds. Junior forward Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) also had a big game with 16 points while juniors Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had 10 points apiece.
Saint Mary’s was led by Krista Knapke with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Calvin held a 38-35 rebounding edge and shot 48.5 percent from the field.