Calvin Women's Basketball Posts Puerto Rico Victory Over Kean University

Calvin Women's Basketball Posts Puerto Rico Victory Over Kean University

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Calvin opened play at the Puerto Rico Clasico with a gritty 65-55 victory over Kean University (N.J.) Wednesday afternoon at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Playing its first game in 10 days, Calvin (10-1) showed signs of sluggishness early but found a way to forge a 15-13 lead at the end of one quarter of play.

Kean (7-4) opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run to build a 20-15 lead but Calvin closed out the half on a 12-3 run capped off by a layup by sophomore Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) just before the first half buzzer. The bucket by Warners boosted the Knights into a 27-23 halftime lead. Senior Lauren Goldthorpe (St. Ignace, Mich./Lasalle HS) was red-hot from the perimeter in the first half, connecting on all six of her field goal attempts including three from beyond the three-point arc to post 15 points over the opening 20 minutes.

Calvin bumped its lead up to 35-26 early in the third quarter but the Cougars ripped off 10 unanswered points over the next two minutes to take a brief 36-35 lead. Senior Anna Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian HS) and junior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) combined to score the next eight points for the Knights however and Calvin used free throws from freshman Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower) and Warners to take a 45-40 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

Junior guard Ali Spayde (Lewis, Center, Oh./Worthington Christian HS) then came alive for the Knights in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of her 17 points. Spayde was clutch down the stretch, connecting on a pair of crucial jumpers with the shot clock winding down inside the final two minutes of play to help seal the win.

Goldthorpe finished the game with a career-high 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting including 5 of 9 from three-point range. She also grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds to notch her first collegiate double-double. Timmer also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The double-double was the 16th of her career and her eighth of the season.

In addition to her 17 points, Spayde had three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Luurtsema had nine points, eight rebounds and three assists while also playing strong defense on Kean's Marajiah Bacon - the 2016 NCAA III scoring champion. Bacon finished the game with 19 points but was just 7 of 19 from the field. Warners also chipped in with seven points and six rebounds for Calvin.

The Knights finished the game with a 52-44 rebounding advantage after being outrebounded 22-20 in the first half.

Calvin will now turn its attention to a Thursday morning game against Grove City College (Pa.) which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (EST) in San Juan.