By Gina de Haan
In its season opener, the Calvin women's basketball team handily defeated Great Lakes Christian College 118-18.
Calvin women's basketball head coach Chuck Winkelman made his coaching debut on Tuesday night. A native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Winkelman brings 15 years of head collegiate women's basketball coaching experience with him to the Calvin sideline.
The Knights got on the board quickly as senior guard Lauren Goldthorpe (St. Ignance, MI/Lasalle HS) hit a three-pointer 11 seconds into the game. A trio of layups by sophomore Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian HS), junior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, MI/Holland Christian HS) and senior Anna Timmer (Caledonia, MI/South Christian) gave Calvin an early 9-0 lead.
Fueled by 12 points by Timmer, the Knights outscored the Lakes 34-4 in the second quarter. At the half, Calvin led 64-6.
The Lakes' Icesis Chandler-Pool scored the first bucket of the second half, but the Knights would go on a 29-0 run for the remainder of the third quarter.
12 Knights saw playing time in the victory, and all contributed points. Calvin's bench contributed 58 points in the winning effort.
The Knights outrebounded their visitors 55-23, while also forcing 32 turnovers.
"Tonight, we looked like we should look. There are no more games like this on the schedule," said Winkelman. At the two tournaments we're about to go to before we play in Holland on the 30th, we'll face four teams that are very capable. This was a good tune-up for us to grow together before that."
Calvin's 118-point output marked a new Calvin single-game scoring record, surpassing the 111 points scored in a win over Marygrove College on December 27, 2013. Calvin's 14 three-point field goals Tuesday night were just one shy of matching the Calvin single-game record.
"Our first game against Dubuque will be a great challenge. The league Dubuque plays in saw one of its own (Wartburg College) advanced to the Final Four. They're not going to be intimidated by the Calvin logo across the front of the jersey at all," said Winkelman.