Women’s Basketball Picks Up 87-61 Victory Over Olivet To Remain on Top of MIAA Standings
Saturday, February 09, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s basketball team, first in conference with a perfect 13-0 record, hosted the third-place Comets of Olivet Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena. On an afternoon in which they honored their six seniors, the Knights kept their MIAA record perfect, defeating the Comets 87-61 and improving to 14-0 in conference and 21-1 overall.
The game began with a pair of old-fashioned three point plays from Calvin senior Carissa Verkaik and Olivet’s Kelsey Campbell. The Comets then held the lead for a brief period of time before the Knights took over.
Utilizing its depth in the front court, Calvin outscored Olivet 30-4 in the paint in the opening half. The Knights also forced the Comets into 11 first half turnovers while committing only two themselves and assisting on 14-of-18 field goals.
Calvin took a 42-20 lead into the break, led by Verkaik’s 16 points, six rebounds and six blocks. Senior Julia Hilbrands chipped in nine points and five boards at intermission while senior Ally Wolffis added five points and eight rebounds.
The Knights continued to utilize that strength in the second half, and with 3:01 remaining, took their largest lead of the game at 82-45.
With just under two minutes remaining, the five seniors who were on the court were subbed off to a standing ovation.
On Senior Day, the Knights coasted to the 87-61 win. Calvin finished the game with a 54-22 advantage in points in the paint.
Verkaik led the way with 32 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks. Hilbrands added 11 points and seven rebounds while Wolffis finished with eight points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Maria DeKuiper added 11 points. For Olivet, Campbell scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
“I think we came out really well defensively; to hold them to 17 points until the last second of the first half was really good. I also think we did a really good job of attacking their post, which was one of our key areas of focus” said head coach John Ross. “Right now, we have to take a look at Adrian. They played us really tough the first time and we just have to be ready.”
Calvin, now 14-0 in the MIAA and 21-1 overall, will host Adrian Wednesday night. before traveling to rival Hope next Saturday. The Comets drop to 15-9 overall and 10-5 in conference.
The Knights’ contest against the Bulldogs on Wednesday is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m., with the Calvin men to face Trine at 8 p.m.