Women’s Basketball Falls to UW-Whitewater at WI-Lutheran Tournament
Sunday, November 21, 2010
MILWAUKEE, WI - Calvin suffered its first defeat of the young season, falling to Wisconsin-Whitewater 60-54 in the opener of the Wisconsin-Lutheran Tipoff Tournament Friday evening. Calvin (1-1) will face Heidelberg College in the consolation game at 2 p.m. (EST) Saturday afternoon.
Friday’s contest was a game of two different halves as Calvin led 34-21 at halftime only to see the Warhawks outscore the Knights 39-20 over the final 20 minutes of play.
Free throw shooting proved to be a difference maker in the game as Wisconsin-Whitewater connected on 23-of-30 attempts from the free throw line while Calvin was 12-of-15 at the stripe.
Calvin (1-1) held a lead until Whitewater tied the game at 43 with 9:53 remaining. Calvin regained the lead at 47-43 on buckets from junior Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns, MI) and Ally Wolffis (Muskegon-Mona Shores HS) but the Warhawks scored the next five points to take its first lead of the half at 48-47. Kurncz put the Knight back on top 49-48 with a jumper at the 5:58 mark Whitewater came back to tie the game at 52-52 but Calvin junior Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) delivered a layup inside to put Calvin up 54-52.
Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Emily Bestor answered with a three-pointer with 1:46 remaining and the Warhawks never trailed again scoring the final five points of the game to seal the win.
Calvin was led by Verkaik with 23 points and 13 rebounds while Wolffis had 11 points and eightr boards. Kurncz chipped in with nine points and a pair of assists. Wisconsin-Whitewater was led by Dana Thompson with 28 points and 11 rebounds.