GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin dominated St. Mary's in a conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena 65-43.
The Knights came out hot out of the gate by going on an 11-4 run in the opening four-and-a-half minutes of the game. The Belles (6-8 overall, 3-2 MIAA) struggled to put up points and kept turning the ball over. Calvin took advantage and had 10 points off turnovers in the 1st quarter. The Knights took a 22-7 lead heading into the 2nd quarter and had a lot of momentum in their favor.
The offense for both teams struggled in the first five minutes of the second quarter as each team could only get four points. Calvin picked up the offensive and went on a 17-4 run to close the quarter which was capped off by a 3-pointer by freshman Abbie Cooley (). The Knights took a 43-15 heading into halftime. Calvin was shooting 50% from the field and was 7 of 15 from the three-point line. They were also moving the ball around with 15 assists.
Calvin played great defensively coming out of the half and held St. Mary's to just 8 points during the third quarter of paly. The offensive was still consistent as the Knights scored 17 points which was finished off with a layup by sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian HS). Calvin took a 60-23 lead heading into the 4th quarter.
St. Mary's played with some energy over the final 10 minutes, scoring 20 points in the fourth and the Knights only scoring three points, but Calvin still had a large enough lead to win. The Knights shot 42% from the field and were 9 of 19 from the three-point line. They also had 21 assists and scored 22 points off turnovers.
Gabby Timmer lead the Knights in scoring with 18 points and also had 7 rebounds while teammate Baylee GalanBrowne (Evergreen, Co./Evergreen HS) had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Senior Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Our players deserve a ton of credit for the execution and preparation today," said Calvin head women's basketball coach Mark Christner. "I loved our energy. I thought our team defense was outstanding against a team that is tough to guard."
UP NEXT: Calvin will head to Hope College on Wednesday January 15 with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.