Women’s Basketball Falls in Overtime 64-63 to IU-South Bend
Saturday, November 27, 2010
OLIVET - The Calvin women’s basketball team dropped a 64-63 overtime decision to the Titans of Indiana University-South Bend Saturday afternoon at the Olivet Thanksgiving Classic to dip to 3-2 on the year. IU-South Bend scored the winning basket with 11 seconds left in overtime with a three-pointer by Calvin at the buzzer just off the mark.
A lack of perimeter shooting proved to be Calvin’s undoing as the Knights were just 3-of-24 from three-point range in the defeat. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik was a bright spot for the Knights, just missing a triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Courtney Kurncz, Jill Thomas and Ally Wolffis added eight points each for the Knights in defeat. For her efforts, Verkaik was named to the all-tournament team.
Calvin led 28-26 at halftime but IU-South Bend moved out to a 40-32 second half lead. Calvin rallied with a 20-9 scoring run to take a 52-49 lead with 5:32 remaining but could not pull away as the Titans (5-3) hung tough, tying the game on a jump shot with 1:48 remaining. Neither team was able to score the remainder of regulation with Calvin missing a potential go-ahead three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining.
In overtime, Calvin (3-2) went up 61-57 but the Titans scored the next five points included a triple by Kimmy Hummer to take a 63-62 lead with 1:13 remaining. Verkaik put Calvin back on top 63-62 with a pair of free throws with 1:13 remaining. The Knights then got a defensive stop and the ball but turned the ball over, giving IU-South Bend a chance to retake the lead which the Titans did on a layup with 11 seconds remaining by Ashley Hummer. Calvin then pushed the ball up floor but misfired on a three at the buzzer.
Katie Hacker had a huge game for IU-South Bend with 26 points and nine rebounds. The Titans also hit on 8 of 28 attempts from three-point range. IU-South Bend also held a 39-37 rebounding advantage.
Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it opens its MIAA campaign with a road contest at Adrian slated to start at 7:30 p.m.