Women’s Basketball Extends Win Streak to Three With 75-58 Win Over Kalamazoo
Saturday, January 18, 2014
By Gina de Haan
Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena the Calvin women’s basketball team won its third consecutive league game with a 75-58 victory over the Kalamazoo College Hornets. The Knights are getting hot at the right time as they near the heart of their season and conference play.
Previously tied at third place in the MIAA with Calvin, this contest moved the Hornets into the fourth place slot, which they will share with Adrian. The Knights maintain their third place conference standing and move to 5-2 in league play; the win boosts Calvin’s overall record to 10-5.
Calvin trailed the visitors early on in the game, but battled back and stayed ahead for the remainder of the conference matchup. Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had the go-ahead bucket and the Knights went on a 28-20 run, giving them a 37-29 lead going into the halftime break.
To start the second half, Kalamazoo cut that lead to four, but Calvin quickly answered. Junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville, MI/Unity Christian HS) hit a jumper, followed by a three-point bucket by Breanna Verkaik. After six minutes had expired in the 2nd half, Calvin possessed a 10 point lead that never dropped below double digits for the rest of the contest. The team effort that the Knights displayed sustained their triumph; as a whole, Calvin recorded 20 assists while Kalamazoo had eight.
Verkaik led her team to the victory with a solid all-around game; the junior finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Hannah Acre (DeWitt, MI/DeWitt HS) had a strong offensive game, putting up 17 points for the Knights. Coming off of a season-best game against Saint Mary’s, Kayla Engelhard (Unionville, MI/Saginaw Valley Lutheran) once again contributed, chipping in with 13 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Calvin forced 22 turnovers thanks to their early full-court pressure, and only had 14 themselves.
The visiting Hornets were led by Emily Lindsay and Nicole Antoine who each had 12 points. Querubin Dubois had 10.
“Kalamazoo is a much-improved team and we knew they would come in and give us a fight and they did,” said Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross. “I think the key is that we kept playing hard for 40 minutes and our pressure starting paying off as the game went along. We can’t relax against anyone in our league right now.”
The Knights will travel to Adrian next week Wednesday, January 22nd, with intentions to extend their winning streak.