Women’s Basketball Opens Season With 62-48 Win Over Manchester at Van Noord Arena
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
By sports information student assistant Derek Neice
In its opening game of the 2010-11 season, Calvin defended its home court well against Manchester College as the Knights rolled to a 62-48 victory.
An extremely young team that is returning only two starters from last year and having only two seniors on the roster, the Knights showed they do have some work to do in terms of gelling more as a team, but Calvin played strong defensively and sophomore Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI) scored a team-leading 25 points to give the Knights their first win of the year.
“All you can ask at this point is just to get out there and compete,” Coach Ross commented after the game. “We just seemed a little out of sync but at least we played hard enough defensively to keep us in the game.”
“She’s [Verkaik] is a great person to have on the team,” Ross said of his sophomore. “She works really hard and we’re just really glad to have her.”
Along with her 25 points, Verkaik also led the Knights with 7 boards and 4 blocks. Sophomore transfer Logan Marsh (Byron Center, MI) added 11 points 4 rebounds and a pair of steals, and sophomore Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI) hit a trifecta of threes to finish with 9 points.
Other contributors for the Knights were sophomore Ally Wolffis (Muskegon, MI) with 6 points and 3 boards, junior Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns, MI) with 4 points, and junior Leah Mattson (Cadillac, MI) with 3 points.
Manchester was led by Kailey Honn (Westfield, IN) and Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, IN) with 9 points apiece. The Knights led 31-24 at the break, and they never let up in the second half en route to the win.
“We’re young and we’re just going to keep working hard,” Ross said. “It’s going to be a building process but we have a great group of young ladies here and we’re going to keep getting better.”
The next action for the Knights will be this weekend at the Wisconsin-Lutheran Tourney. On Friday the Knights will face UW-Whitewater at 6 p.m.