GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin fell to defending MIAA champion Trine 77-41 Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena.
Calvin started the game with the first bucket with a three pointer by sophomore Stephanie Coors (Evergreen CO / Valor Christian) but it was all Trine for the rest of the first quarter. The Thunder scored the next five field goals and took a 13-3 lead. The Knights had nine turnovers in the first quarter and Trine capitalized, scoring 16 points off turnovers. Trine took a 28-11 lead heading into the 2nd quarter,
Both teams were more evenly matched in the second quarter. Sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, MI / South Christian) scored six of her 10 points in the second quarter. The Thunder didn't give much as the Thunder continue to score from the outside by making seven first half three pointers.
Trine (5-2 overall, 2-0 MIAA) added to its lead and was up 44-24 at halftime. Calvin was 9 of 22 from the field in the first half and Trine was 16 of 34. The Thunder had three turnovers while the Knights had 13 in the first half.
The Thunder stayed red hot into the third quarter, outscoring Calvin 18-3 in the third frame. Trine took a 61-27 lead going into the 4th quarter and held on to it the rest of the way.
Calvin (6-5 overall, 0-2 MIAA) shot 27.5% from the field while shooting 19% from three. Trine shot 41.2% from the field while shooting 37.5% from three. Gabby Timmer finished with 10 points while freshmen Leah Harris (Frisco, TX / Lone Star) finished with 9 points.
COACHES COMMENT: "In different parts of the season every team faces some adversity," said Calvin women's basketball head coach Mark Christner. "Ours was in the form of fatigue and confidence. We've had two strong teams come into our building and impose their will. We need to find a way to start fighting back. We have one more opportunity to respond next week before the break. We won't give in. There is a lot of the season still in front of us."
UP NEXT: Calvin will play at Olivet College on December 18 at 7:00PM.