Women’s Basketball Remains Unbeaten in MIAA Play With 65-44 Victory Over Albion
Thursday, January 14, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
GRAND RAPIDS - Still fresh off a long holiday break, the twelfth ranked Knights maintained their perfect 2010 MIAA record with a win Wednesday night at home against the Britons of Albion. Victorious by a score of 65-44, Calvin played good offense and even better defense, especially in the second half.
The Knights were led again by freshman Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI), who finished with 17 points and 13 boards. Verkaik also had a pair of big blocks on the night. Senior Amber Benthem (McBain, MI) and sophomore Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns, MI) added 11 points and junior Brook Van Eck (Lowell, MI) chipped in 7 points and grabbed 3 boards.
Calvin jumped out to an early lead in the first half but the Britons stayed close, holding the Knights to a 10-point lead at the half.
The Knights then fortified the castle in the second half, and as a defense they played out of their minds. Albion scored only five points over an approximate 12 minute span, a stretch that saw Calvin go on a 25-5 run.
“We did not execute very well against what they did to us in the first half,” Calvin coach John Ross said after the game. “But we did a much better of that defensively in the second half, I was very happy of how we did defensively in the second half.”
Reserve players were then sent in to the game to close things out and Albion put up a few more points, but the game was already well out of hand as Calvin rolled to an eventual 65-44 victory.
“If you want to be a really good team you have to defend and our defense played very well in the first ten minutes of the second half,” Ross said of his defense’s exemplary play.
Albion was led in scoring by Melissa Shaw with 15 points and Keigan Edwards with 14. Shaw also had four steals and post player Autumn Haggadone finished with nine rebounds for the Britions.
As a team, Calvin matched a season-high with 17 assists with Ottenhoff and Kurncz leading in the passing department with four dimes apiece.
With the win Calvin moves to 13-1 overall and remains perfect in the MIAA at 5-0. Albion falls to 2-4 in the conference and 6-8 overall.
Calvin is back in action Saturday as they hit the road and travel to Adrian for a MIAA powerhouse match-up. That game is scheduled to commence at 3 p.m.