KENOSHA, Wisc. - The head women's basketball coaching debut was a winning one for Mark Christner as the Knights edged Carthage 71-68 on the road Saturday afternoon.
Calvin raced out to a 16-6 lead and led 16-8 after one quarter of play.
Fighting early foul trouble, Calvin fell behind 19-16 as the Lady Reds scored 13 unanswered points. Calvin regained the lead at 20-19 on a three-point shot by sophomore Baylee GalanBrowne (Evergreen, Co./Evergreen HS). Carthage closed out the quarter on a 9-4 run to take a 28-24 halftime lead.
Calvin outscored Carthage 22-17 in the third quarter to go up 46-45. Calvin bumped its lead to 58-51 early in the fourth quarter on another jumper by GalanBrowne.
A three-point shot by sophomore Stephanie Coors (Evergreen, Co./Valor Christian HS) put the Knights up 63-54. She then swished another triple to put the Knights up 66-57 with 5:06 remaining.
Carthage answered with a 7-0 run to creep to within 66-64 with just under two minutes remaining.
Carthage later had a chance to take the lead but misfired on a three-point shot. Calvin sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian HS) then coverted a bucket inside on a feed from senior Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) to give the Knights a 70-66 advantage. Carthage banked in a layup with three seconds remaining to close to within 70-68 but Minderhoud was fouled on the inbounds play. The senior then connected on her second free throw and a long three-point attempt by Carthage at the buzzer was off the mark.
Timmer notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, connecting on 8 of 14 from the floor. Coors had 12 as did GalanBrowne. Sophomore Mady VanderZwaag (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) pumped in 11 points to go with six rebounds. Minderhoud had a strong all-around game with eight points, eight rebounds and four assists. Freshman Leah Harris (Frisco, Tx./Lone Star HS) contributed seven points and three assists in her collegiate debut.
Calvin was 12 of 24 from three-point range and 13 of 17 (.765) at the free throw line. Sammie Woodward led Carthage with 23 points.
COACHES COMMENT: "Our group played with an awful lot of resolve on the road against a quality opponent," said Christner. "Our execution down the stretch was terrific, especially on the offensive end. We were able to start each half well which put us in good position. We threw the first couple of punches in each half which was very important. Carthage was a veteran team that kept coming back at us with a lot of intensity but I thought we stepped up and won it. I'm really proud of our poise and composure. I also thought our group had a lot of fun. They embodied what it meant to compete well together. Our bench was incredible. Their energy was great and our scoring was very balanced. We hit open shots and we had 21 assists. I liked the way we shared the ball. It was a great game to build on and we are looking forward to our next game."
NEXT UP: Calvin will host UW-Whitewater Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Van Noord Arena in its home opener. The Warhawks were a 2019 NCAA III Tournament team.