Women’s Basketball Opens Second Half of MIAA Schedule With 74-60 Win Over Saint Mary’s
Saturday, January 22, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
Calvin rolled to a 74-60 victory over MIAA foe St. Mary’s on Saturday.The Knights jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes after a Logan Marsh fast break lay-up began the scoring.
“We got off to an early start. That really helped us out,” said Coach John Ross.
Calvin led by as much as 20 in the first half, thanks largely to sophomore Julia Hilbrand’s scoring input. Hilbrands recorded nine points in the first half. The Knights led 39-25 at half time.
Calvin opened the second half strong, establishing a 22 point lead in the opening three minutes.
“A start like that is an energy and momentum boost,” commented Ross.
The Calvin frontcourt continued to dominate in the second half. Calvin finished the game with 24 points in the paint. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik led the Knights with 20 points and 12 rebounds to notch her 21st collegiate double-double. Hilbrands tallied a career high 19 points. Sophomore Ally Wolffis also notched 14 points and six rebounds.
“We kept going inside and got some good lay-ups,” said Coach Ross, who noted that he would like to see more scoring balance but “a lot of people made great passes into the post.”
The victory keeps Calvin’s conference record unblemished at 9-0 and improves Calvin overall to 15-3.
The Knights travel to Albion on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest.