Women’s Basketball Edges Alma

Women’s Basketball Edges Alma

Alma, Mich. – The Calvin women's basketball team picked up a key MIAA road victory on Wednesday night at Alma. The Knights sank the Scots, 71-64. Calvin improves to 8-1 and 2-1 in MIAA play. Alma falls to 1-4 and 0-1 in the MIAA.

The Knights trailed the Scots for a majority of the first quarter on Wednesday and faced a six-point deficit, three minutes in. The Knights would fight back and take the lead back at the 2:11 mark with a three-point basket from senior Lauren Goldthorpe (St. Ignace, Mich./Lasalle). The Knights would take a 20-19 lead after the first quarter. Lauren Goldthorpe did not miss a basket in the first quarter and finished with 12 points, from four three-point shots.

The second quarter saw the Scots and Knights exchange the lead eight times before the Knights got some separation. Trailing 26-30, Calvin would go on a 9-0 run to take a 35-30 lead, senior Anna Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian) had four of the nine Calvin points in the run. Calvin would go into halftime leading, 41-38. Junior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) didn't miss a shot in the second quarter and tallied nine points on three field goals and three free throws.

Calvin would hold onto the lead for a majority of the third quarter, but the Scots would not go away. A three-point shot from Sophie Guzman would give Alma a 50-49 lead. A minute later, Bre Luurtsema would tie the game at 51 with a layup. A pair of free throws from junior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian) would give the Knights the lead and Calvin would lead after thirty minutes, 55-53.

With the game tied at 55, Lauren Goldthorpe would give the Knights the lead for good with a pair of free throws to give Calvin a 57-55 lead at the 9:32 mark of the fourth quarter. The Calvin defense would only allow one basket in the final five minutes of the game to seal the victory.

Bre Luurtsema led all scorers with a season-high 23 points, she also notched seven rebounds.

Lauren Goldthorpe finished the night with a career-high five three-point baskets to finish with a career-high 17 points.

Sophomore Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) collected a game-high three blocks and four rebounds. Ali Spayde finished with 16 points and team-high five assists.

Anna Timmer had her sixth double-double of the year and 14th in her career with 15 rebounds and 12 points. Timmer moved up to seventh place in career rebounds in program history with 565.

Calvin won the rebounding war, 42-34.

The Knights resume action on Saturday when they take on Saint Mary's in Indiana on Saturday.