Women’s Basketball Defeats Adrian 66-52 - Showdown for First Place at Hope Set for Next Week
Saturday, January 16, 2010
ADRIAN - Calvin rebounded from a frigid first half shooting performance to post a 66-52 victory at Adrian on Saturday afternoon. The victory sets up a showdown for first place between Calvin and Hope next Tuesday night at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse as both teams will head into the rivalry game with overall records of 14-1 and MIAA marks of 6-0. Hope won at Albion 50-34 on Saturday to remain unbeaten in league play.
In its victory at Adrian on Saturday, Calvin led 27-23 at halftime despite shooting just 27 percent from the floor in the first half.
After Adrian (7-7 overall, 3-3 MIAA) was able to close to within a point in the opening minute of the second half, Calvin rolled off a 12-2 run to build a 39-28 lead. The run was triggered by a three-pointer on the break by sophomore Courtney Kurncz (St Johns HS) and strengthened by five points from freshman Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS).
Adrian came back to whittle the Calvin lead down to five points at 42-37 but could get no closer as the Knights built a double-digit margin on the strength of a 12-0 run that put Calvin in control at 59-41 with six minutes remaining.
Calvin never looked back from there en route to the win.
Verkaik led all scorers with 26 points to go with nine rebounds and eight blocked shots as she flirted with a triple-double for the second time this season. Senior Amber Benthem (McBain Christian HS) and freshman Allison Wolffis (Muskegon Mona Shores HS) added 10 points apiece while senior Brook Van Eck (Lowell HS) had six points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Kurncz also had a solid all-around game with seven rebounds, six points, five assists and two blocked shots.
Calvin controlled the game on glass, outrebounding the Bulldogs 52-28 including 21-10 in the second half. Calvin also enjoyed an advantage at the free throw line, converting 18 of 21 (.857) at the stripe while Adrian was 10 of 16 (.526) at the line.
Calvin also shot 44.4 percent in the second half to finish with onverall shooting percentage of 34.4.
Adrian was led in scoring by Ashley McClarren with 16 points. Adrian was 6 of 10 from three-point range and shot 36.0 percent overall.