NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Calvin women's basketball team won its second-straight game on Saturday. Calvin won the Carleton College Town Classic with a 73-61 victory over the host Knights of Carleton. With the victory, Calvin improves to 2-3 on the year; Carleton falls to 2-2.
Calvin started the game with a 9-2 deficit in the first four minutes. A three-point basket from junior Sarah Cassel (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) started the Calvin comeback. The Maroon and Gold tied the game at nine with 3:20 left in the first quarter, with a pair of free throws from senior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian). Carleton regained the lead and pushed the score to 13-9. The Calvin offense erupted in the final two minutes of the quarter with an 11-3 run to close the quarter. Freshman Caitlyn Demaree (St. Louis, Mo./Principia) drained two three-point baskets in the final two minutes.
The Knights started the second quarter with a three-point basket from junior Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) to push the lead to 24-16. An 8-0 run over the next three minutes tied the game at 24 for the Yellow and Blue. The two teams played close until halftime. With 15 seconds remaining in the half, Ali Spayde sunk a three-point basket to give Calvin a 33-28 at halftime.
The Maroon and Gold got off to a quick start in the third quarter with senior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) score three points the old-fashioned way, nine seconds into the half. Calvin broke the game open with a 14-4 run in the first five minute of the half to take a 47-32 lead. Ali Spayde had 11 of the 14 points in the run. A late Carleton basket trimmed the Calvin lead to 57-45 going into the final 10 minutes. The Knights scored 24 points in the third quarter; the most Calvin has scored in any quarter, this season.
Calvin opened the fourth quarter on a 6-2 run, with Bre Luurtsema recording four points. A three-point basket for Carleton made it a 67-58 game, but that is as close as Carleton could get as Calvin closed the game on a 6-3 run, to win 73-61.
Ali Spayde led all players with 28 points.
Calvin edged Carleton on the boards on Saturday, winning the rebounding battle, 39-35.
The Maroon and Gold scored 18 points off Carleton turnovers.
Calvin returns to action on Friday for the home opener against Martin Luther.