Calvin Women's Basketball Beats Brits With Grit and Determination

Calvin Women's Basketball Beats Brits With Grit and Determination

ALBION, Mich. - The Calvin women's basketball team came up with a key 63-58 road win at Albion Saturday afternoon at Kresge Gymnasium.

The Knights (14-2 overall, 6-2 MIAA) overcame a frigid start to the game as they fell behind 13-0 to open the game and did not convert a field goal until the 2:40 mark of the first quarter.

Calvin scored the final eight points of the first quarter however to trail just 13-8 and remained within striking distance at halftime, trailing just 22-18.
In the third quarter, senior Lauren Goldthorpe (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle HS) got loose for 11 points. Albion (11-4 overall, 4-3 MIAA) led 37-30 with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter but the Knights closed out the quarter with a 13-2 scoring run with Goldthorpe giving the Knights the lead for good on a pair of free throws during the surge.

Albion cut the Calvin lead down to one on two occasions in the fourth quarter but the Knights responded each time as junior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) scored inside to put the Knights up 47-44 and senior Ann Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian HS) added a layup to give Calvin a 52-49 advantage.

Goldthorpe was then clutch for Calvin down the stretch, scoring nine points in the final 5:36 to help the Knights hold on for the win. Goldthorpe swished a key three-pointer with to put the Knights up 55-49 and went 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the final minute of play.

Goldthorpe finished the game with a career-high 26 points, shooting 8 of 17 from the field and 9 of 9 from the free throw line while also grabbing five rebounds. Luurtsema just missed a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Timmer had 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting while junior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Oh./Worthington Christian HS) had 10 points and six assists. Freshman Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower HS) had a career-high eight rebounds in a reserve role.

"We are excited to pick up this win," said Calvin women's basketball coach Chuck Winkelman. "This was a gritty win for the Knights on the road. We never quit and battled back after spotting them a 13-0 lead to start the game."
Calvin shot 51.1 percent from the field including 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half. The Knights also converted 15 of 18 (.833) of their free throw opportunities.

Albion shot 35.9 percent from the floor. The Britons were led in scoring by Oreyana Curry with 18 points. Calvin held a 35-32 rebounding advantage.

The Knights return to action next Wednesday, traveling to Rochester College (Mich.) for a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m.