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Breanna Verkaik Receives D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Honors

Monday, March 17, 2014

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Calvin College junior Breanna Verkaik has been named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region third team. She is receiving D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region honors for the first time. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik had a break-out season this year, averaging 15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists-per-game. At the conclusion of the MIAA season, she was named to the all-conference first team. She was also named MIAA Player of the Week once. The Calvin women’s basketball team finished 19-8 overall and 12-4 in the MIAA which was good for a third place league finish. The Knights then reached the MIAA Tournament finals before falling to Hope to end the season.

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Breanna Verkaik and Kayla Engelhard Receive All-MIAA Women’s Basketball Honors

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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Two members of the Calvin women’s basketball team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are junior Breanna Verkaik while junior teammate Kayla Engelhard has been named to the All-MIAA second team. This year, Breanna Verkaik finished third in the MIAA scoring race, averaging 16.3 points a game in league play. She closed the year with a nine-game double-figure scoring streak, averaging 19 points a game during that stretch. She also led the league in field goal percentage (.549) and was second in free throw percentage (.836) and three-point field goal percentage (.424) and was third in blocked shots per-game (1.19). She was named MIAA Player of the Week once during the year. Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) averaged 12.2 points,  3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per-game while connecting on 37 percent of her three-point field goal attempts in league play. Engelhard was ranked third in the MIAA in steals, tied for fourth in assists, sixth in three-point field goal percentage and 11th in scoring average.  In the MIAA Tournament, she averaged 17.5 points a game.

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Late Comeback Effort Comes Up Short in MIAA Tourney Finals for Calvin Women’s Basketball Team

Sunday, March 02, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

Coming off an upset of nationally ranked Olivet in the first round of the MIAA Tournament on Thursday, the Calvin women’s basketball team was looking for a repeat performance against the Flying Dutch of rival Hope College in the Tournament Final on Saturday night. The Knights faced a tall-task in Hope, ranked #1 in the nation and entering with a perfect 26-0 record. Calvin trailed by 16 at half and by 20 with just over ten minutes to go, and a Knights rally in the second half drew Calvin within four at 81-77, but the Knights would come no closer as Hope closed out an 88-79 win. Junior Kayla Engelhard led Calvin with 19 points while junior Breanna Verkaik added 18 points and six rebounds. Junior Hannah Acre had 12 points while freshman Anna Timmer chipped in 11. The loss is the final game in the collegiate career of lone senior Kirstin Tripp, who goes down as one of the winningest players in Knights history at 95-19 for her career. Calvin’s season ends with an overall record of 19-8.

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Calvin Women’s Basketball Upsets #18 Olivet 80-76 in MIAA Tournament - Travels to Hope for Finals

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin women’s basketball team traveled to Olivet on Thursday night for an MIAA Tournament semifinal contest. The Knights faced a win-or-go-home scenario against the Comets, an opponent that swept the regular season series from Calvin by scores of 77-73 and 82-67. Despite twice falling to Olivet, it was the Knights that came out on top when it mattered most, as 27 points and 14 rebounds from junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) paced Calvin en route to a hard-fought 80-76 victory. Senior Kayla Engelhard added 16 points while junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) and freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) each scored 10. The win sends Calvin into the MIAA Tournament final on Saturday which will be hosted by Hope. Saturday’s final will be played at 7:30 p.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse, following the 3 p.m. men’s tournament final, also between Calvin and Hope.

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Breanna Verkaik Named MIAA Co-Player of Week in Women’s Basketball

Monday, February 24, 2014

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Olivet guard Kelsey Campbell and Calvin forward Breanna Verkaik its Players of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through February 22. Verkaik, a sophomore from Holland (Holland Christian HS), averaged 17.5 points per game in leading the Knights to two MIAA victories. She had 12 points and four assists in an 82-55 win over Adrian. She then followed with 23 points, five rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals while playing only 22 minutes as Calvin defeated Kalamazoo, 72-57. Verkaik, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and in her career, shot 57 percent from the field (12 of 21), 44 percent on 3-point shots (4 of 9) and 78 percent from the line (7 of 9) for the week. Calvin will travel to Olivet on Thursday for an MIAA Tournament semifinal game slated for 7:30 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Closes Regular Season with 72-57 win at Kalamazoo

Saturday, February 22, 2014

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KALAMAZOO – Calvin closed out its regular season campaign with a 72-57 victory at Kalamazoo College, boosting its overall season record to 18-7 and completing its MIAA season at 12-4 – good for third place in the final league standings. Calvin was led in scoring by junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) who pumped in a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting while also blocking four shots and grabbing five rebounds. Engelhard and sophomore Kally Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had eight points apiece while DeKuiper and junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) had seven points apiece. Acre also ripped down a game-high 11 rebounds as the Knights held a 43-39 rebounding advantage. Kalamazoo was led in scoring by Perri Nicholson with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Calvin will now prepare for the MIAA Tournament next week as the Knights travel to Olivet next Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

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Women’s Basketball Clinches Third Place in MIAA With 82-55 Win Over Adrian

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin women’s basketball entered Wednesday night’s MIAA matchup looking to secure its spot in the four-team MIAA Tournament, while the Adrian Bulldogs were tied with Kalamazoo and fighting for their postseason lives. Wednesday night was also Senior Night for Calvin, as the team honored its lone senior in Kirstin Tripp (Brighton/Brighton HS). Calvin made Senior Night a winning night as the Maroon and Gold defeated the Bulldogs 82-55 to improve to 17-7 overall and to 11-4 in the MIAA. Junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) matched a career scoring high in leading the Knights with 18 points.  Calvin also clinches the third seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament and will travel to Olivet on February 27 for an MIAA Tournament semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Calvin now looks forward to its regular season finale on Saturday at Kalamazoo College. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Kalamazoo is currently tied with Adrian for the fourth and final spot for the MIAA Tournament.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to Olivet 82-67 - Remains in Third Place in MIAA Standings

Saturday, February 15, 2014

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In a showdown for second place in the MIAA standings, the nationally-ranked Comets of Olivet withstood a furious effort by the Knights of Calvin in gaining an 82-67 victory Saturday afternoon inside Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. With the win, Olivet clinches the number-two seed for the upcoming MIAA Tournament and homecourt advantage for the MIAA Tournament semifinals February 27. Junior Breanna Verkaik led Calvin with a career-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with seven rebounds while junior Hannah Acre added 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Junior Maria DeKuiper had nine points while senior Kirstin Tripp had nine assists. Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Adrian at 6 p.m. Adrian is currently tied for fourth place in the league standings with Kalamazoo at 8-6, two games behind Calvin.

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Women’s Basketball Rolls to 88-59 Victory at Rochester College

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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OAKLAND – Calvin improved to 16-6 overall with an 88-59 non-conference victory over Rochester College Wednesday night in a game played at Oakland Christian High School. Calvin roared out to a 45-26 halftime lead and never looked back at it forced the host Warriors into 25 turnovers. Calvin shot 46 percent from the field and had four players notch double-digits in scoring led by junior Breanna Verkaik with 14 points while freshman Anna Timmer had 11 points and juniors Maria DeKuiper and Hannah Acre 10 points apiece. Timmer also had six rebounds and four steals. As a team, Calvin had 13 players reach the scoring column. Calvin also outrebounded Rochester 39-38. Rochester was led in scoring by Megan Heiden with 13 points while Ke’ala Ka’aikala had 12 points. Calvin will now prepare for a pivotal MIAA contest on Saturday against nationally-ranked Olivet at 3 p.m. at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. The Knights trail Olivet by one game in the league standings.

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Women’s Basketball Claims Road Win at Alma For Third Win of Week

Saturday, February 08, 2014

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ALMA - The Calvin women’s basketball team finished out a busy week of play with an 82-70 victory at Alma College Saturday afternoon. The game marked the fourth game in seven days for the Knights. With the win, Calvin moved within a half-game of second place Olivet (10-2 MIAA) as the Knights improved to 10-3 in league play and to 15-6 overall. Calvin led 39-28 at halftime holding Alma to 32.4 percent shooting in the first half. The Knights stretched their lead to as many as 21 points at 76-55 with just over six minutes remaining before the Scots made a late run to close the final deficit down to 12.

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