Women’s Basketball Remains Unbeaten In League Play With 65-50 Win at Alma
Saturday, January 15, 2011
ALMA, MI - The Calvin women’s basketball team remained unbeaten in league play with a 65-50 win at Alma College Saturday afternoon. The victory sets up a showdown for first place in the MIAA standings next Tuesday night between Calvin and Hope at Van Noord Arena as both teams will head into the contest with 6-0 league records.
Calvin (12-3 overall) dominated play in the first half against the Scots (1-14 overall, 0-6 MIAA) as the Knights build a 43-13 halftime lead.
Calvin substituted liberally throughout the second half as Alma got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Sophomore center Carissa Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) led the Knights with 25 points and 11 rebounds along with four blocked shots and three steals in just 20 minutes of action to notch her 19th collegiate double-double including her eighth double-double of the season. Sophomore Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) added eight points and five rebounds off the bench while Logan Marsh (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) had seven points and rebounds. Junior Heather DeKleine (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) also chipped in with six points and six rebounds off the bench.
Alma was led in scoring by Sydney Beckwith with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Danielle Hicks had 10 points.
Calvin held a 45-36 rebounding advantage and shot 40 percent from the floor. The Knights were also 16 of 17 at the free throw line for a 93.3 percent clip.
Tuesday’s game against Hope is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena. The game will be the first of two regular season meetings between the two rivals with Calvin slated to travel to Hope on February 5 for the return meeting.