Women’s Basketball Falls to Olivet 82-67 - Remains in Third Place in MIAA Standings
Saturday, February 15, 2014
In a showdown for second place in the MIAA standings, the nationally-ranked Comets of Olivet withstood a furious effort by the Knights of Calvin in gaining an 82-67 victory Saturday afternoon inside Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.
With the win, Olivet clinches the number-two seed for the upcoming MIAA Tournament and homecourt advantage for the MIAA Tournament semifinals February 27.
Calvin stood toe-to-toe with Olivet throughout the first half but the Comets scored the final four points of the first half to take a 39-35 halftime lead and then went on a 12-4 run to open the second half to build a 54-39 lead.
Olivet (20-3 overall, 12-2 MIAA) led by as many as 17 points before Calvin (16-7 overall, 10-4 MIAA) mounted a comeback effort, whittling the Comet lead down to seven at 70-63 before running out of time and energy inside the final minutes.
Calvin shot just 31.9 percent from the floor while Olivet connected on 52.5 percent of its attempts and held a 49-37 rebounding advantage.
“We played hard all the way through but we just missed too many shots and you have to credit Olivet for some of that,” said Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross. “I thought we had some open looks in the first half that just didn’t go down and the last minute of the first half and the first few minutes of the second half hurt our team. Those were pivotal points of the game and against a really good team like Olivet, it cost us.”
Junior Breanna Verkaik led Calvin with a career-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with seven rebounds while junior Hannah Acre added 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Junior Maria DeKuiper had nine points while senior Kirstin Tripp had nine assists.
Olivet was paced by senior guard Chelsea Ciba who had 27 points and eight assists while Stefanie Lang had 22 points and 20 boards. Point guard Kelsey Campbell added 12 points and nine assists while playing all 40 minutes.
Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Adrian at 6 p.m. Adrian is currently tied for fourth place in the league standings with Kalamazoo at 8-6, two games behind Calvin.