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Women’s Basketball Falls to Hope 61-50 in Rivalry Rematch at Van Noord Arena

Thursday, February 04, 2010

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A 12-0 run in the final 4:39 of play allowed the visiting Flying Dutch of Hope to record a 61-50 victory over the Knights of Calvin Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena in a meeting of nationally-ranked teams.

Hope (19-1 overall, 11-0 MIAA) entered Wednesday’s game ranked fourth nationally while Calvin (18-3 overall, 10-2 MIAA) came in ranked ninth.

Calvin took a 50-49 lead on a jumper by freshman Carissa Verkaik with 5:35 left to play but the Flying Dutch proceeded to rip off 12 unanswered points fueled by eight points by freshman Liz Ellis down the stretch, six of which came on three-point shots.

In the first meeting of the year between the two teams, Hope recorded a 73-58 win, forcing the Knights into 24 turnovers. On Wednesday, Calvin turned the ball over 28 times including 18 times in the first half. Despite the turnover trouble, Calvin remained in the contest.

After falling behind by seven in the first half, Calvin closed with a 5-0 run capped off by a jumper by senior Emily Ottenhoff to trail just 26-23 at halftime.

Hope opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take a 36-25 lead with 16:34 remaining but the Knights fough back with a 12-3 run midway through the second half to close to within one at 43-42. Sophomores Jill Thomas and Leah Mattson both connected on triples in the Calvin burst with Mattson’s three-ball making the score 43-42.

After falling behind 49-44, Calvin rattled off six unanswered points with Verkaik scoring on a jumper in close, Kurncz connecting on a baseline shot and Verkaik scoring again on a jumper in the paint to put the Knights up 50-49 with 5:35 left to play.

Calvin would not score again however as Ellis put the Flying Dutch up to stay on a three-pointer with 4:39 left, igniting Hope’s final surge.

“I want to first give credit to Hope tonight,” said Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross after the game. “They are certainly one of the finest teams in all of Division III. We had a much better effort tonight as compared to our first meeting against them. We’re getting closer to playing the kind of basketball we’ll need to play to beat a team like Hope but we still have work to do. We just need to keep working hard and focus on each game in front of us.”

Calvin was led in defeat by Verkaik who nabbed her 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds while blocking five shots. Senior Brook Van Eck also had 10 points and four rebounds while freshman Allison Wolffis contributed eight points off the bench.

Hope was led by junior center Carrie Snikkers with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Ellis had 10 points and four steals and senior Philana Greene 10 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists.

Hope shot 41.7 percent overall while Calvin shot 36.0 percent from the field. The Knights did hold a 36-33 rebounding edge and connected on 11 of 14 (.786) attempts at the free throw line.

Hope was charged with 21 turnovers but was also credited with 15 assists.

Wednesday’s meeting marked the 97th meeting between Calvin and Hope in women’s basketball with Calvin still maintaining a 61-36 series edge. Hope has won the last seven meetings however.

Calvin returns to action next Wednesday (February 10) when it hosts Trine at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.

Calvin/Hope Women’s Basketball Photo Gallery by Dave DeKorne

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