Women’s Basketball Trio Earns All-MIAA Honors

Women’s Basketball Trio Earns All-MIAA Honors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's basketball team landed three All-MIAA selections on Thursday. The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association named Anna Timmer and Ali Spayde to the All-MIAA First Team and Bre Luurtsema to the All-MIAA Second Team.

I think the All-MIAA awards shed light on the incredible accomplishments and contributions of these three ladies," said Calvin head coach Chuck Winkelman. "They are all very deserving of this honor and I am happy for all of them."

Anna Timmer -- A senior from Caledonia, Michigan, led the league in all rebounding categories. Timmer finished the MIAA season averaging 12.1 rebounds a game, with 68 offensive rebounds and 126 defensive rebounds. She has the third-highest shooting percentage at .570 and is fourth in steals with 31. Timmer finished sixth in total field goals with 86, eighth in points at 202 and averaging 12.6 per game. This is the second-straight year that Timmer has been named to the All-MIAA First Team. Timmer was named the MIAA Player of the Week one time this year.

Ali Spayde -- A junior from Lewis Center, Ohio, was the leading scorer in the MIAA in the 2016-17 season. She finished the MIAA season with 278 points, averaging 17.4 per game. Spayde also had the highest free throw percentage in the MIAA at .815. She was second in the league in assists with 62, third in the MIAA in free throws with 53 and in field goals with 97. From behind the arc, Spayde was fourth in the MIAA with 31 three-point baskets, with the fifth best shooting percentage of .397. This is the first time that Spayde has earned All-MIAA honors. This season, Spayde claimed MIAA Player of the Week honors once.

Bre Luurtsema -- A junior from Holland, Michigan, finished second in offensive rebounds in the league with 50. Luurtsema tallied 56 assists, for the fifth-most in the MIAA and had the eighth-best assists to turnovers ratio in the MIAA at 1.9. She had a solid season on the boards, with the sixth-most rebounds at 97, averaging 6.5 per game. Luurtsema was also a solid shooter for the Knights, shooting .440 in MIAA games and draining the fifth-most free throws in the MIAA, with 46. This is the second-straight year the Luurtsema has claimed All-MIAA honors.

Also on the first time was MIAA MVP Brandi Dawson of Trine, MIAA Defensive Player of the Year Hayley Martin of Trine, Oreyana Curry of Albion, and Francesca Buchanan of Hope. On the second team was Emily Bernas of Albion, Adia Johnson of Adrian, Kelsye Wolffis of Alma, and Angelique Gaddy and Mandy Traversa of Hope.

The Knights return to the court on Friday in the semifinal round of the MIAA Tournament in Angola, Indiana, against the Flying Dutch of Hope College. Calvin record a 12-4 record in MIAA play.