Women’s Basketball Defeats Elmhurst 79-66 in Olivet Classic
Saturday, November 28, 2009
OLIVET—The Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 4-0 with a 79-66 victory over Elmhurst (IL) Friday evening in a first round game of the Olivet Thanksgiving Classic. The final outcome was not indicative of how close the game was throughout as the Knights and Blue Jays were tied at 35 at halftime and Elmhurst held a 60-58 lead with just over six minutes remaining.
Calvin then mounted a 14-4 run over the next four minutes to build a 72-64 lead and take control of the game. The run was ignited by a pair of free throws and a subsequent field goal by Van Eck and a three-pointer by freshman Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns HS).
The Knights were led by the inside tandem of freshman Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) and senior Brook Van Eck (Lowell HS) with Verkaik scoring a career-high 26 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds to notch her third double-double of the young season while Van Eck had 20 points and five rebounds. Verkaik also blocked four shots while Kurncz blocked three.
Fresh off a deep run in the NCAA III women’s soccer tournament with the Calvin women’s soccer team, senior Emily Ottenhoff also had a strong season debut for the Knights, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds off the bench.
Lyndsie Long had 19 points for Elmhurst (2-3) while Meghan Merklein had 15 and Megan Ney 11.
Calvin shot 19 of 22 (.864) at the free throw line while Elmhurst (2-3) was 14 of 19 at the charity stripe. Calvin shot 45.0 percent overall from the field while Elmhurst shot 41.8 percent.
Calvin will face Siena Heights in a second round game tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.