GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's basketball team cruised to a 76-47 over MIAA rival Adrian on Wednesday evening. The win moves Calvin to 8-5 on the year and into a tie for third place in the MIAA at 3-1. With the victory, Calvin remains perfect at Van Noord Arena on the season and sends Adrian to 4-8 and 2-3 in MIAA play.
The Bulldogs came out swinging on Wednesday and started the game with a 12-5 lead. The Knights responded with a 13-3 run in the final five minutes of the first quarter. Junior Becca Richards (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern) started the run with a layup. A three-point basket from senior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian) tied the game at 12 points. The Knights would take the lead for good with a pair of free throws from senior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian). Calvin would head to the bench with an 18-15 lead.
The Maroon and Gold used a 4-0 run to push the lead up to 22-15. Adrian cut the Calvin lead to 24-20, baskets from Bre Luurtsema and sophomore Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian) pushed the lead back to eight points. Junior Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian made a layup as time expired in the half to send Calvin to a 32-22 lead at halftime.
It was all Calvin in the third quarter, the Knights opened the quarter on a 9-0 run to put the game out of reach. Kara Minderhoud led all players with five points in the run. A late 10-0 run in the third quarter but the Bulldogs to bed and set Calvin into the fourth quarter with a 56-33 lead.
Kara Minderhoud drained a three-point basket to start the scoring in the fourth quarter, the Calvin defense responded with a block from sophomore Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower). The Knights pushed the lead up to 29 points in the fourth quarter with a layup from junior Logan Winton (Fairview, Mich./Fairview) with 4:24 remaining. A layup from freshman Caitlyn Demaree (St. Louis, Mo./Principia) sealed the victory at 74-46.
Freshman Rebecca Boeve (Grandville, Mich./Covenant Christian) made her Calvin debut on Wednesday and finished with two rebounds and a steal. Sophomore Jordyn Schluter (Novi, Mich./Mercy) recorded her first assist and steal of the season.
Bre Luurtsema led all players with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Rachel Warners rang in the new year with a block party against the Bulldogs with five blocks, eight points, six rebounds and two steals.
The Knights dominated the glass on Wednesday, outrebounded the Bulldogs, 41-24. The Maroon and Gold held a 36-16 scoring advance in the paint.
Calvin returns to action on Saturday when the Knights host Alma.