GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin women's basketball took down conference opponent Kalamazoo by a score of 76-40 on Wednesday evening.
With the win, Calvin clinches a home court spot for a first round MIAA Tournament game when the tournament begins in two weeks. The Knight are assured of at least the fourth seed for the league tournament and could climb to as high as the No. 3 seed as they sit just one game behind Albion in the league standings. Calvin (15-8 overall, 9-5 MIAA will travel to Albion (18-5 overall, 10-4 MIAA) on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest at Kresge Gymnasium.
In Wednesday's game between Calvin and Kalamazoo, the contest started out with both teams finding their rhythms offensively and it was tied at 7-7 in the first four minutes. The Knights began pulling away by going on a quick 9-0 to take a 16-7 lead with 4:37 left in the quarter, and it was capped off by freshman Leah Harris (Frisco, TX / Lone Star) with a steal and score. Calvin continued to pour on the points and finished on a 16-2 run to close the quarter and take a 23-9.
Kalamazoo brought the energy to begin the second quarter and were trading buckets with Calvin the rest of the 2nd quarter. The Knights outscored the Hornets 14-12 in the quarter to take a 37-21 lead into halftime. Calvin shot 39.4% from the field and 3 of 15 from three in the first half and were 8 of 9 from the free throw line.
The Knights came ready to play in the second by going on an 8-0 run to begin the quarter and it was capped off by a layup by senior Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, MI / Covenant Christian). The Hornets couldn't gain any ground offensively as they were outscored 21-15 in the 3rd quarter. Calvin stayed in the control the rest of the way and held on to win with a score of 76-40.
Sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, MI / South Christian) led the Knights in scoring with 18 points and had 9 rebounds as well. Leah Harris finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while sophomore Stephanie Coors (Evergreen, Co / Valor Christian) had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Calvin shot 46.2% from the field and 26.1% from the three-point line. The Knights also outrebounded the Hornets 46-33 and had 18 assists.
COACHES COMMENT: "I thought our compete level tonight was really high," said Calvin head women's basketball coach Mark Christner. "I also thought we got better as the game progressed. That's a sign of a mature group. I'm really proud of our players finishing the regular season at home in the fashion we did tonight."
NEXT UP: Calvin heads to Albion this Saturday with a 3:00 p.m tip-off.