Calvin Women's Basketball To Host Kalamazoo in Play 4 Kay Cancer Awareness Game

Calvin Women's Basketball To Host Kalamazoo in Play 4 Kay Cancer Awareness Game

Calvin hosts the Hornets of Kalamazoo College this evening at Van Noord Arena at 7:30 p.m. as the Knights head down the home stretch of the MIAA regular season.

This evening's game will feature pink attire as the game has been designated as a Kay Yow Cancer Fund contest in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The late Kate Yow was a Hall of Fame women's basketball coach at North Carolina State University.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund www.kayyow.com is a charitable organization dedicated to raising money for research and the search for cures for cancers.

Former Calvin women's basketball player and current Calvin student McKay VanSickle has experienced cancer first hand within her family.

Her father Bryan VanSickle has stage 4 metastatic melonoma. The cancer has since spread. The family is praying that the tumors will shrink with the medication and immunotherapy he is taking. The process has been very hard on the VanSickle family especially for McKay as her family resides in Colorado. Acording to McKay the Calvin community has been amazing supporting her family through this time.

For a link to the VanSickle family's story, go online to: VanSickle Family Story

Special Cancer Awareness links:

American Breast Cancer Foundation: www.abcf.org

Kay Yow Cancer Fund: www.kayyow.com

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: ww5.komen.org

The Teams: Calvin and Kalamazoo. The Knights enter the game with an 14-8 overall record and an 8-5 MIAA mark. Calvin most recently won a conference matchup against Olivet with a score of 92-55. The Hornets enter the game with 4-17 overall and 2-10 MIAA mark. Kalamazoo recently lost a conference matchup against Albion in overtime with a score of 80-47.

The Coaches: Mark Christner is in his 1st season as head coach of the Calvin women's basketball program. Katie Miller is in her 9th season as the head coach of the Kalamazoo women's basketball program.

The Players: Gabby Timmer is the only Calvin player to average double digits with 17.0 points per game, and she is also averaging 9.2 rebounds per game. The Hornets have two players averaging double digits; Isabelle Clark (14.6) and Kaytlyn Tidey (12.6).

Tale of the Tape: Points per game – Calvin 61.5, Kalamazoo 50.6; opponents' points per game – Calvin 56.0, Kalamazoo 68.8; field goal percentage – Calvin 37.9, Kalamazoo 30.5; three-point percentage – Calvin 29.3, Kalamazoo 29.8; free throw percentage – Calvin 67.3, Kalamazoo 66.4; rebounds per game – Calvin 41.5 Kalamazoo 39.1; assist-to-turnover ratio – Calvin 0.85, Kalamazoo 0.50.

Tops in the MIAA: Gabby Timmer is second in the MIAA in scoring at 17.0 points per game and second in rebounds per game with 9.2.

Scoring Offense: The Knights are fourth in the MIAA in scoring offense at 61.5 points per game.

Recent History: Calvin won both meetings last year. They won at Kalamazoo with a score of 82-48 and won at home with a score of 75-61. Earlier this year, the Knights defeated the Hornets with a score of 70-38.

Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the game will be available at: http://www.calvinknights.com.

Social Media: Calvin athletics is represented on Facebook (Calvin Knights), Twitter (@CalvinKnights) and Instagram (@CalvinAthletics ). Follow all the happenings of Calvin University on social media by using the hashtag "#GoCalvin".

 

Up Next: Calvin is away against Albion College for a 3:00 p.m. contest on Saturday February 15.