Women’s Basketball Remains Unbeaten in MIAA Standings With 75-40 Win Over Kalamazoo
Sunday, January 30, 2011
(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)
By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice
As the current league leader Calvin defended its place atop the MIAA standings Saturday night with a 75-40 victory over the Kalamazoo Hornets Saturday night at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.
Sophomore post Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI) led the Knights with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids, MI) also chipped in 12 points while grabbing 5 boards.
Calvin boasted a powerful inside game Saturday night as the Knights outscored the Hornets in the paint 50-10. Kalamazoo not being able to stop the Knights inside also allowed the perimeter shooters to have a number of looks as Calvin shot 36.4 percent from outside on 4 of 11 shooting.
The Knights shot a blistering 53.6 percent from the rest of the floor and they also out-rebounded the Hornets 41-26. Calvin also advantages in steals at 12-10 and in assists as it dished out 21 to Kalamazoo’s 9.
A strong start in the first half gave the Knights all the cushion they could ask for and more as Calvin rolled to an early lead and an eventual 43-15 advantage at the break. Verkaik poured in 12 of her points in the first frame as well as grabbing 7 rebounds. Jill Thomas (Grand Rapids, MI), Leah Mattson (Cadillac, MI), and Ally Wolffis (Muskegon, MI) all added 5 points apiece in the half.
With the 28 point lead going into the second half, Calvin stayed strong and closed the game out by the final score of 75-40. With the win, the Knights move to 17-3 overall and a still undefeated 11-0 in the MIAA. Kalamazoo drops to 2-17 on the year and 1-10 in the conference.
The next action for the Knights will be February 2nd in a home contest against Adrian. That game will be another 7:30 p.m. kickoff.