Women’s Basketball Defeats Trine 75-49
Thursday, February 11, 2010
(written by Calvin sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
Having a week off after losing a heartbreaker to your biggest rival has its advantages, or at least it did this week for the Knights as they got right back to work in defeating Trine 75-49 Wednesday night just a week after suffering their second loss of the year to Hope.
From the stat-sheet Calvin played very well in every facet of the game. Offensively the Knights shot excellently from three-point range and their post presence was superb. Leading the Knights in the game was freshman Carissa Verkaik, who was two rebounds shy of a double-double as she finished with 17 points and eight boards and senior Brook VanEck who added 13 points. Sophomore Jill Thomas hit on 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc to finish with 10 points, freshman Kelsey Irwin added three triples for nine points, and senior Amber Benthem chipped in eight points.
“We’re hoping to really take a lot more rest here at the end of the season and I think that really helped us here tonight,” said Calvin coach John Ross after the game. “Rest is really important right now, and it helped us tonight because Trine is a really good team and I’m really happy with how well we did tonight.”
In the first half the Knights started out near perfect as they got out to an early 8-0 lead in the first minutes of the game. That initial run would translate into more scoring runs for Calvin as the Knights used a 17-0 run and went in to the locker room with a 43-21 lead.
Calvin also played great defense in the first half, not giving Trine any easy shots, and equally good offense as the Knights shot 60.7 percent from the field, connecting on 6 of 11 shots from beyond the arc.
“It’s good to finally get some three’s to go down but we did get a lot of good penetration and good kick outs to the guards,” Ross said of his balanced offense. “And defensively I thought we had a good scouting report against them and we did a good job executing against them.”
The second half saw much of the same story as Calvin went on in the second half to outscore the Thunder 32-25 and win the game by a score of 75-49.
For the Thunder, Danielle Senf and Kristen Julian were the leading scorers with 10 points apiece. Liz Gehrig chimed in with 6 points and Kelly Costello and Sydney Spragg both added 5 each.
Looking ahead Calvin still has a trio of games remaining on its schedule, one of those being home at the Van Noord Arena next Wednesday against Adrian. Calvin’s next game is scheduled for this Saturday at Albion.
“We’re going to have to be ready on Saturday,” said Ross of Saturday’s game at Albion. ” From here on out for us it’s just one game at a time.”
The Knights defeated Albion 65-44 at home in the first match-up between the two teams. Saturday’s game is slated for a 3 p.m. kickoff.