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Women’s Basketball Rolls to 81-46 Win at Albion - Stretches Win Streak to Five

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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ALBION - Calvin used a stifling defensive effort and a torrid three-point attack to claim an 81-46 conference victory at Albion Wednesday night inside Kresge Gymnasium. The victory stretches Calvin’s win streak to five games.

During its current five-game win streak, Calvin has averaged 85.0 points a game. Throughout the first half, it appeared that neither team would get untracked offensively as the two teams were waged in a defensive scrum.

Calvin went on a 16-0 run over the final six minutes of the first half however, fueled by eight points from junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) to take a 35-17 halftime advantage.

The Knights (12-5 overall, 7-2 MIAA) then put the game away early in the second half as junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) got untracked for 15 points including nine quick points in a four-minute span.

As a team, Calvin connected on a season-high 13 three-pointers on 25 attempts for a sizzling 52.0 percent three-point clip. Calvin had seven different players connect on at least one three-point field goal in the win with Breanna Verkaik and Engelhard hitting three apiece while senior Kirstin Tripp (Brighton/Brighton HS) and freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) had two treys apiece.

“I think the key to the game was how well we defended, especially when we were struggling to get going on offense in the first half,” said Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross. “Once we knocked in a couple of shots, it kind of opened up things and relaxed our players. Our offense was good but I thought our defense was even better. That was what won tonight’s game.”

Calvin was led in scoring by Breanna Verkaik who matched a career scoring high with 20 points while Engelhard had 15 points. Timmer had 11 points while junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) had 10 points.

Albion was led by Emily DeWaters who had nine points.

Calvin will now turn its attention to a rivalry meeting at Hope on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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