Women’s Basketball Puts Defensive Clamps on Adrian in 57-32 Victory at Van Noord Arena
Friday, February 04, 2011
The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team stretched its win streak to nine games with a 57-32 victory over visiting Adrian Thursday night at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Ranked 20th by d3hoops.com, Calvin improves to 18-3 overall and to 12-0 in the MIAA, setting up a Saturday showdown with rival Hope as the Flying Dutch improved to 10-1 in league play with a 79-59 win at Saint Mary’s Thursday night. Calvin will face Hope in Holland on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse.
In its victory over Adrian on Thursday, Calvin put the defensive clamps down in the first half, building a 31-10 halftime lead. Calvin’s first half defensive performance marked a new Van Noord Arena record for fewest points allowed by a Calvin team in a half.
Calvin stretched its lead to 32 points in the second half before coasting down the stretch as the Knights substituted liberally throughout the final 20 minutes of play.
Sophomore Carissa Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) led the Knights with 20 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Verkaik led a strong inside game for the Knights as sophomore Ally Wolffis (Muskegon/Mona Shores HS) popped in 12 points while sophomore Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 11 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocke dhots off the bench.
As a team, Calvin was 18-of-20 from the free throw line and limited Adrian (7-12 overall, 4-8 MIAA) to 22.0 percent field goal shooting overall.