Women’s Basketball Shut Down by Hope Defense in Rivalry Contest
Saturday, February 01, 2014
HOLLAND - While round one of the Calvin-Hope women’s basketball rivalry this season featured an offensive explosion, round two featured much more of a defensive theme. Unfortunately for Calvin, the defensive theme was dictated by Hope as the Flying Dutch held Calvin to its lowest scoring output of the season in a 78-47 victory Saturday afternoon at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse.
In the first meeting of the year played back on November 19 in Grand Rapids, the two teams combined for the highest scoring total in a Calvin-Hope women’s basketball game with the Flying Dutch pulling out an 88-81 win behind a second half comeback.
On Saturday, Hope (18-0 overall, 10-0 MIAA) jumped out to a 37-21 halftime lead as the Flying Dutch limited the Knights to just eight first half field goals. Calvin’s first half scoring total was its lowest in a half this season. Calvin had entered Saturday’s game averaging 85.0 points a game over its previous five contests.
Turnovers also proved to be a problem as Calvin (12-6 overall, 7-3 MIAA) committed 13 turnovers in the first half and 14 more in the second half after commiting only 15 turnovers in the entire game back on November 19.
“We were never comfortable today,” said Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross. “We wanted to play this at a full-court pace but Hope was able to break our press and force this into a half-court game. We did not want to play a half-court game but Hope was able to dictate the tempo and that was the difference in the game.”
Calvin was led in scoring by junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) who had 15 points and seven rebounds to stretch her double-figure scoring streak to five games. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had nine points and seven rebounds while battling foul trouble.
Hope received 22 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore Maura McAfee while freshman Angelique Gaddy had 15 points.
Hope held a 44-35 rebound advantage and shot 41.5 percent from the field. Calvin shot 31.5 percent overall.
The loss drops Calvin into a tie for third place in the MIAA standing with Kalamazoo. Calvin has a makeup game with Trine scheduled for next Monday at 7 p.m. at Van Noord Arena and will then host Saint Mary’s next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.