Calvin Women's Basketball Scoots by Scots to Stretch Conference Win Streak to Three Games

Calvin Women's Basketball Scoots by Scots to Stretch Conference Win Streak to Three Games

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin defeated Alma by a score of 66-48 at Van Noord Arena Wednesday night. The Knights now own a three-game conference win streak, improving to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. 

The game started with Calvin getting two steals and two blocks in the early minutes of the first quarter. The Knights used the stops to go on an 8-2 run in first five minutes of the quarter. The run was capped by a jumper freshman freshman Leah Harris (Frisco, TX / Lone Star). Alma struggled to score in the first quarter and only had 10 points total. The Knights scored 20 points in the first quarter and had 6 assists.

Sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, MI / South Christian) started out the second quarter strong with six straight points and led the Knights on an 11 – 3 run as Calvin rolled out to a 31-13 lead. The Scots did not give up and responded with an 8-0 run to close within 10.

It was a closely contested match the rest of the half and Calvin was up 32-24 heading into halftime. Calvin shot 53% from the field and was 3 of 6 from the three-point line at halftime.  

Out of the break, Alma came out with energy and went on a 13-8 run to close to within seven at 42-35. The reminder of the third quarter was a defensive battle until sophomore Stephanie Coors (Evergreen, CO / Valor Christian) hit a three with a minute left to put Calvin up 47-35 heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, Timmer converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put Calvin up 56-41 with 6:30 left in the game. The Knights held the lead the rest of the game and came out with a conference win against Alma.

Timmer finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Coors finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Senior Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) had seven points 10 rebounds and six assists. Harris also had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. The team shot 44% from the field and was 33% from the 3-point line. Calvin also had 20 assists and outrebound Alma 47-26.

COACHES COMMENT: "I thought our team vibe was really good tonight," said Calvin women's basketball head coach Mark Christner. "We had a great start knowing Alma would make a run, we stayed the course. It might have been our most consistent 40 minutes of the year. Our goal is to continue to grow as a team."

UP NEXT: Calvin will be at home against St. Mary's on Saturday with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m.