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Women’s Basketball Clipped by Cal Lutheran at Posada Royale Classic

Friday, December 31, 2010

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THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end as the Knights were defeated by a determined Cal Lutheran squad 66-61 at the Posada Royale Holiday Classic Friday night. The host Regals (6-5) stretched their winning streak to five games in the process. Cal Lutheran used swarming defensive attack and an aggressive charge on the boards to keep Calvin (9-3) off-balance. The Regals outrebounded Calvin 46-37 and limited Calvin to just 21.4 percent field goal shooting in the first half as Cal Lutheran led 31-24 at the break.

Calvin ripped off a 13-2 run to open the second half to take a 37-33 lead but Cal Lutheran responded with nine answered points to build a 42-37 advantage and never trailed again. After falling behind by six, Calvin made a late run, tying the contest 61-61 on a three-pointer by sophomore Kelsey Irwin. Erica Whitely of Cal Lutheran came right back with a clutch triple that put the Regals up 61-58 with just over three minutes left to play.

Calvin later drew to within two at 63-61 on another triple by Irwin with 1:53 to go. Calvin then had a chance to tie or take the lead on two occasions but misfired on a three-pointer with 1:03 remaining and then turned the ball over with 24 seconds left that led to a fast-break layup and foul.

Calvin shot just 45.7 percent in the second half but just 35.4 percent overall. The Knights also connected on just 3 of 26 from three-point range for a frigid 11.5 percent clip. Calvin was led in scoring by sophomore Carissa Verkaik who notched her 17th collegiate double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Ally Wolffis also had 17 points despite playing only 17 minutes because of foul trouble. Irwin also had nine points - all on three-point shots - while junior Courtney Kurncz had eight points and six boards.

Cal Lutheran was led by Starla Wright with 14 points while Whitely had 13.

Verkaik and Wolffis were both named to the all-tournament team while Whitely and Wright were Co-MVP’s of the tournament.

Calvin will now prepare to face Olivet in a conference game on January 8 at Van Noord Arena at 1 p.m.

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