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Women’s Basketball Team Picks Up Fourth Straight Victory in Win Over Olivet

Saturday, February 14, 2009

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By Chaz Amidon

GRAND RAPIDS – Oddly enough, the Knights have been trying to rehash the way they played at the beginning of season.

With the return of Marcia Harris, along with a nearly impassable full-court defense, they’re almost there.

Harris scored a game-high 18 points, Brook Van Eck added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Calvin routed Olivet 82-53 to register its fourth consecutive win.

“This is the time that we want that momentum,” said Harris. “It feels great. You can’t be any happier when the team is playing together and everyone’s getting to play.
“Obviously, we’re beating good teams and it’s nice to have that much momentum.”

The win signified the Knights’ second-longest winning streak of the year. They began the 2008-09 season with a perfect 5-0 record before falling to No. 7 Thomas More back on Nov. 29.

Calvin then went 1-3 in December until Harris suffered a medial meniscus tear that sidelined her for nine games. Since her return on Feb. 7 – a 88-81 win over Adrian in which she totaled 28 points in only 16 minutes – the Knights have gone 3-0, winning by an average of 22 points-per-game.

Harris is now averaging a team-best 19.8 points-per-game, including 21.7 points through her previous three games.

She sunk four consecutive free throws midway through the first half to ignite a 10-0 Calvin run, which gave the Knights a double-digit lead they would not surrender throughout.

Harris also finished 10-of-12 from the free throw line, where Calvin shot 16-of-20 (80 percent) to preserve its league-best proficiency (74.4 percent).

“It’s a little awkward still,” said Harris, who played only 17 minutes. “I’m sure you can tell because sometimes I don’t know where I’m going and neither does my body. I think I’m getting there.”

The Knights doubled their 10-point halftime lead just six minutes after the break. Kacy Cryderman punctuated an 8-0 Calvin run with 13:00 remaining in regulation, and Harris muscled in a transition lay-up to give the Knights their first 29-point lead with 7:21 left.

Calvin forced the Comets to commit 18 first-half turnovers, most of which were caused by the Knights’ unrelenting full-court press. Kristi Brummel, Leah Morrison and Emily Ottenhoff each swiped three steals.

“It takes a long time to learn it,” said coach John Ross. “We’ve got to do a better job at getting the right personnel out there, but it’s coming along.”

Ottenhoff chipped in 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, Brummel added eight points and Sarah Partridge and Lauren Roodvoets contributed six points apiece.

Calvin (14-8, 8-6) will now travel to Angola, Ind. to wrap up its season series with Trine (12-11, 9-6)), the third-place team in the MIAA.

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