Women’s Basketball Picks Up 68-34 Win Over Olivet
Saturday, January 08, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
The Calvin Knights reopened conference play with a dominating 68-34 victory over the Olivet Comets on Saturday afternoon.
Calvin never trailed, opening the game with an early 17-6 lead. Jill Thomas contributed two early three’s and Carissa Verkaik posted two blocks in the opening five minutes to bolster Calvin’s advantage. Defensively, Calvin also forced seven Comet turnovers and 20.8% shooting from the field. The Knights entered halftime with a 40-18 lead.
The second half was more of the same. Though the Knights only scored 28 second half points, they held the Comets to 16, leaving the final score at 68-34.
Everyone on the Knights’ roster chipped in at least nine minutes. The scoring also showed good balance. Six players scored more than five points. Verkaik put up a double-double in the first half alone and finished with 16 points and 15 boards.
Eight three-pointers helped create an inside-outside threat that Coach John Ross thought critical.
“All of those three’s were from the inside-out. If we can knock down three’s that’s going to open up the post,” said Ross.
The victory was the first since returning from a California road trip where the Knights finished 1-1. It advances Calvin’s record to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the MIAA.