Women’s Basketball Upsets No. 12 Hope in MIAA Semifinals

Women’s Basketball Upsets No. 12 Hope in MIAA Semifinals

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Calvin women's basketball team defeated archrival Hope in the semifinals of the MIAA Tournament on Friday. The Knights edged the Flying Dutch to advance to the MIAA Tournament finals, 67-65. Calvin will play the No. 1 seed Trine Thunder on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Trine. Calvin improves to 22-4 on the year and Hope falls to 22-4.

The Knights jumped out to a slow start on Friday, with the Flying Dutch jumping out to an 11-0 run and holding onto a 20-10 lead after the first 10 minutes. Senior Lauren Goldthorpe (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) scored eight of the 10 first quarter points for Calvin.

The second quarter would be all Calvin, outscoring the Flying Dutch in the second frame, 22-13. After trailing 22-10, Calvin would go on an 18-6 run to take the lead at the 3:22 mark with a jump shot from senior Anna Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian). Junior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian) scored eight points in the Calvin run. The two teams would exchange the lead a few times and would go into halftime with Hope leading, 33-32.

Calvin and Hope would play tight in the first five minutes of the third quarter. The Knights would get some separation with 4:21 left in the third quarter with a 6-0 run, four of those points from Anna Timmer. Tyra Smith would hit a three-point basket for Hope to trim the Calvin lead to one point at 47-46 going into the fourth quarter.

The Flying Dutch would start the fourth quarter on a 4-0 run to regain the lead and would push the lead to 54-49 with 7:59 remaining. Junior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) would drain a pair of free throws to cut the lead to three and Ali Spayde tied the game with a three-point basket at the 6:22 mark. With 4:30 remaining, Anna Timmer gave the Knights the lead with a pair of free throws and the Knights would not give up the lead the rest of the day. Jacquelyn Schwark hit a three-point basket for the Flying Dutch to cut the Calvin leas to 62-61 with 2:08 left. Bre Luurtsema and Paris Madison would exchange buckets to make it a one-point game with 1:29 left. Anna Timmer made both of her free throws to give the Knights a three-point lead. With 45 second left on the clock, Angelique Gaddy made a layup to make it a one-point game. Madison Geers missed a three-point attempt for the Flying Dutch and Bre Luurtsema came up with the rebound for Calvin and made a free throw to make it a two-point game. Francesca Buchanan put up a three-point basket that went too high in the final seconds that sealed the victory for Calvin.

Anna Timmer finished with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for her 18th double-double of the season. Timmer now has 304 rebounds on the year and is the second player in program history to tally 300 rebounds in a season. Bre Luurtsema recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 11 rebounds and 10 points. Lauren Goldthorpe finished with game with 12 points and Ali Spayde had 15 points.

The Knights edged the Flying Dutch in the rebounding battle, 38-37. Calvin also held the edge in the paint on Friday with 38 points in the paint.

Calvin looks to win the eighth MIAA Tournament title in program history on Saturday night against Trine.