Women’s Basketball Picks Up Key 67-57 Victory at Saint Mary’s To Remain in MIAA Title Hunt
Thursday, January 28, 2010
NOTRE DAME, IN—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team picked up an important 67-57 victory at Saint Mary’s Wednesday night to remain in the MIAA title hunt. Ranked 10th in both the d3hoops.com Top 25 poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, Calvin is now 17-2 overall and 9-1 in the MIAA, remaining a half-game behind Hope which improved to 9-0 in league play with a 56-30 win over Trine on Wednesday.
In its win over Saint Mary’s (10-8 overall, 5-5 MIAA) Calvin took a 35-27 halftime lead only to see the Belles charge back to within two at 40-38 at the 13:31 mark. Calvin responded with an 13-1 scoring run fueled by five points off the bench by sophomore Jill Thomas that gave Calvin a 53-39 advantage.
Saint Mary’s later closed the gap to eight points on three occasions but could get no closer as the Knights went on a quick 6-0 run just inside the five-minute mark to build a double-digit lead it would hold the rest of the way.
Freshman Carissa Verkaik led all scorers with 17 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Senior Brook Van Eck was next with 14 points and five boards including 12 points in the first half. Kurncz had 10 points and six rebounds with all 10 of her points coming in the second half.
Thomas was also huge with 10 points off the bench including a pair of three-point field goals - one of which banked in as the shot clock was expiring in the second half.
Senior point guard Emily Ottenhoff was also superb, scoring seven points, grabbing a career-high eight rebounds to go with four steals, three assists and only two turnovers in 31 minutes of action while going head-to-head against reigning MIAA Defensive Player of the Year Liz Wade of Saint Mary’s.
The 5-5 Wade did have a big game for the Belles, scoring seven points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds to go with five steals. Anna Kamrath led Saint Mary’s in scoring with 14 points while Patsy Mahoney and Kelley Murphy had 10 points apiece.
Calvin shot 42.4 percent overall while holding Saint Mary’s to 34.8 percent shooting. Calvin also held a 44-35 rebounding edge and connected on 13 of 14 at the free throw line while Saint Mary’s was 7 of 13 at the charity stripe.
Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Kalamazoo at 3 p.m.