Saturday, December 07, 2013
ANGOLA, IN – The Calvin women’s basketball team stretched its win streak to three games with a 68-63 conference victory at Trine University Saturday afternoon. Calvin led 40-26 at halftime and continued to hold a double-digit lead with five-and-a-half minutes remaining but a series of missed free throws by the Knights allowed Trine (1-5 overall, 0-1 MIAA) to creep to within three points with 19 seconds remaining at 66-63. Junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) iced the game with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining as the Knights held on for the win. Calvin (5-2 overall, 2-1 MIAA) received 19 points from junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) while junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and Acre had 16 points apiece. Junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) added nine points and five rebounds. Calvin returns to action on December 19 when it travels to Illinois Wesleyan for a 7 p.m. contest.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin women’s basketball team returned to conference play on Wednesday evening, hosting the Britons of Albion at Van Noord Arena. The game was the MIAA opener for the Britons, while Calvin came in with an 0-1 conference mark. Both teams entered the contest with 3-2 overall records. Calvin, after leading by two at halftime, opened up a 24 point margin in the second half and coasted to a 77-69 win. Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) led the Knights with 15 points while junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had 14 points and eight assists. Junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) added a career high 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting while junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had 10 points and six rebounds. Calvin is now 7-0 all-time against Albion at Van Noord Arena.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
MANCHESTER, IN - The Calvin women’s basketball team got back on the winning track with a 65-55 victory at Manchester University Tuesday night. The win lifts Calvin’s season record to 3-2. Calvin held a 39-31 halftime lead and used a 12-5 run over the final three minutes of regulation to seal the win. Calvin led throughout the second half with Manchester closing to within two points on one occasion and then with three points at 53-50 late in the contest before the Knights pulled away for the win. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) led Calvin with 15 points including three baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) had 13 points while junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) had 11 points. Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) added 10 points to round out a balanced Calvin scoring attack. Sophomore Abby Springer (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills HS) also chipped in with eight points including a pair of three-pointers.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
BEREA, OH – For one half of play, the Calvin womens’ basketball team stood toe-to-toe with the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace. The second half proved to be a different story however as Baldwin-Wallace limited Calvin to just 20 second half points – en-route to an 80-62 victory in the championship game of the Baldwin-Wallace Invitational. Calvin (2-2) led 42-41 at halftime, shooting 51.6 percent from the floor but shot just 27.6 percent from the floor in the second half while the Yellow Jackets (4-1) were able to move ahead by connecting on 10-of-14 free throw attempts over the final 20 minutes of play. Junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) led Calvin with a career-high 18 points while junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had 10 points and seven rebounds. Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) added 10 points and four assists. At the conclusion of the tournament, Engelhard and junior forward Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) were both named to the all-tournament team. Calvin is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Manchester for a 6 p.m. game.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
BEREA, OH - The Calvin women’s basketball team continued early season non-conference play on Friday evening, traveling to Ohio to take part in the Baldwin-Wallace Invitational this weekend. Calvin came out on top in a first round matchup Friday night, defeating Ohio Wesleyan 70-60. Junior Breanna Verkaik led the Knights with 16 points and seven rebounds. Junior Kayla Engelhard added 15 points while junior Hannah Acre had 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting to go with five boards. The Knights, now 2-1, will play host Baldwin-Wallace tomorrow in the championship game at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
In a rare early-season meeting of conference rivals, Hope recorded an 88-81 victory over Calvin Tuesday night at Van Noord Arena in the MIAA opener for both teams. Using a new up-tempo offensive and a full-court pressure defense, Calvin raced out to an 18-3 lead, connecting on eight of its first 10 field goal attempts including three-pointers by juniors Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS). Hope (3-0 overall, 1-0 MIAA) took its first lead of the game at 39-38 early in the second half and never trailed again. Calvin (1-1 overall, 0-1 MIAA) remained in contact with the Flying Dutch never trailing by more than 10 and closing to within four on two separate occasions inside the final minute of play before Hope closed out the game with a series of free throws. Calvin’s 81 points were the most scored against Hope since an 82-44 win in 1996. The 88-81 final score marked the most combined points scored by the two teams in a game in the rivalry’s history. Calvin was led in scoring by DeKuiper who scored a career-high 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting including 3-for-3 from three-point range. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had 15 points aznd six boards while Engelhard had 13 points and eight assists against just one turnover. Senior Kirstin Tripp (Brighton/Brighton HS) added 11 points and four assits while junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) chipped in with eight points and five rebounds.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
SHEBOYGAN, WI - The Calvin women’s basketball team opened its season with a 65-45 victory at Lakeland College Friday night. Calvin forced Lakeland into 35 turnovers and were led in scoring by junior Breanna Verkaik who had 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Senior Kirstin Tripp had 13 points including a trio of triples while junior Hannah Acre had 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Knights. Calvin led 28-20 at halftime. The Knights are back in action next Tuesday, hosting rival Hope at Van Noord Arena a 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Calvin women’s basketball team has been picked to finish second in the MIAA in the preseason conference coaches’ poll released earlier this afternoon. Defending co-champion Hope has been installed as the preseason favorite in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball race for the 2013-14 season. The Flying Dutch, who shared the MIAA title with Calvin last winter and won the conference tournament before advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III tournament, received eight out of a possible nine first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league’s coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own team. Calvin was picked to finish second, followed by Olivet and Adrian.
Women’s Poll Results (First-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Hope (8) 8 pts. 2. Calvin (1/2) 15. 3. Olivet (1/2) 21. 4. Adrian 38. 5. Albion 41. 6. Trine 42. 7. Alma 43. 8. Saint Mary’s 51. 9. Kalamazoo 64.
MIAA teams will tip off their season Nov. 15, with the first conference game just four days later, on Nov. 19 when Hope travels to Calvin.
Friday, November 01, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s basketball team enjoyed its most successful stretch in program history from the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2013, accumulating 100 victories and losing only 16 contests. The Knights earned national tournament berths all four years, advancing as far as the Elite Eight in March of 2012. And, it will come as no surprise to those who have followed Calvin women’s basketball that the impressive four year span aligned with the career of Carissa Verkaik, the 2012-13 Division III player of the year, four-time All-American, four-time MIAA MVP, and Calvin record holder in career points, career rebounds, and career blocked shots.Verkaik was part of six key seniors that have since graduated. While Calvin graduated six irreplaceable seniors, the Knights return three starters from a team last season that went 23-4. Calvin opens its season on November 15 when it travels to Lakeland College for a non-conference game. The conference season begins in earnest on November 19 when the Knights host rival Hope inside Van Noord Arena.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Calvin Game Day is hosting the second annual “MidKnight Madness” on Thursday, October 31, to introduce the 2013-2014 Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams and to rally Knight Nation for the fall postseason and winter sports seasons.The Calvin men’s basketball team returns nine players from a 26-4 team that made an NCAA III Sweet Sixteen appearance last year and captured MIAA regular season and MIAA Tournament titles.The Calvin women’s basketball team returns eight players from a successful 23-4 campaign last year that saw the Knights capture a share of the MIAA regular season title and reach the NCAA III Tournament.The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. inside Van Noord Arena but students should arrive at 9:30 p.m. so they can purchase the new student section t-shirts and take pictures for the costume contest. Students are encouraged to dress up because cash prizes will be given to the most creative costumes. The best individual costume will win $100, the best pair/couple will win $200, and the best group of four or more will win $400. On top of that, everyone that shows up in a costume will be entered into a contest to win an iPad. The night will be full of games, giveaways, and fun! For more information add Calvin Game Day on Facebook and follow @CalvinGameDay on Twitter. Last year Calvin student Brendan Coallier won a free semester’s worth of books by hitting a half-court shot at Calvin’s MidKnight Madness Event.
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