Women’s Basketball Moves To 9-1 With 78-35 Victory Over Kalamazoo at Van Noord Arena
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The Knights made a big statement in early conference play with a 78-35 victory over Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon.
Calvin, now 9-1 and 2-0 in conference, led 43-12 at half and outrebounded Kalamazoo, now 0-8 and 0-3 in the MIAA, by a margin of 45-40.
Calvin broke the game wide open from the first minute of a game it never trailed in.
Freshman Carissa Verkaik led the Knights with 18 points and 7 rebounds in just 16 minutes. She was an integral part of the Knights dominance in the paint, outscoring the Hornets 32-10 there. Freshman Kelsey Irwin contributed 9 points off of 3-6 three-point shooting. Junior Leah Morrison led the Knights with four assists.
Calvin recorded 17 steals and three blocks as a team. The Knights forced 25 Kalamazoo turnovers and created 28 points off of those turnovers.
“I was very pleased with our defensive performance in the first half. We put a lot of pressure on Kalamazoo. I think we played our best half defensively all year,” said Coach John Ross.
Ross was able to spread the wealth in the second half, with 13 players receiving 10 points or more. Calvin also received 42 of its 78 points from the bench.
“It is always good to keep getting people more minutes. I’m comfortable that we can play a lot of people,” he continued.
Calvin returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Olivet for a conference game slated to start at 3 p.m.