Women’s Basketball Picks Up 77-42 Win at Albion in MIAA Opener
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
ALBION - The Calvin women’s basketball team opened the MIAA portion of its schedule Wednesday night, traveling to Albion College’s Kresge Gymnasium to face the Britons. The Knights got off to a hot start and did not look back, earning the 77-42 win as Calvin shot 47%, 10-for-25 from three point range. The Knights jumped out to an early 16-5 lead, led by sophomore Kayla Engelhard. Engelhard, who was named MIAA player of the week last week, picked up right where she left off, scoring 10 of Calvin’s first 16 points.
Albion then cut the Knights lead to seven on two occasions before Calvin started to roll. The Knights extended their lead via a 22-6 run that gave Calvin a commanding 40-18 advantage with two minutes to play in the first half.
Calvin took the 22 point lead into halftime as the teams traded buckets over the final two minutes to make the score 42-20 heading into the intermission.
Engelhard led all scorers at halftime with 14 points, while senior Carissa Verkaik added 10 points.
The Knights continued to slowly expand their lead in the second half as their starters rested. Calvin’s backups scored 25 of the Knights 35 second half points, building the lead to as much as 35 points with a minute and a half remaining.
In the end, Calvin’s depth was just too much for the Britons as the Knights earned the 77-42 victory.
Every Knight earned playing time while each player put points into the stat sheet. Engelhard led Calvin on offense with 17 points and four assists. Verkaik added 14 points and six rebounds, while seniors Kelsey Irwin and Heather DeKleine and freshman Abby VanderWoude all chipped in six.
“We got off to a really nice start. We feel like we are really deep, we’ve got some good new players on the end of our bench. All the extra minutes they can get will help us later on in the season,” said head coach John Ross. “Our starters really stepped up did a great job and we did a great job defensively holding them to 42 points. Albion is always a tough, hostile environment. They are a team that can score a lot of points, so that was a good to see.”
Calvin’s next matchup is against the Scots of Alma next week Wednesday. The Knights will be traveling to Alma, with the tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.