GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's basketball team improved to 4-1 in MIAA action with a 59-50 victory over Alma on Saturday afternoon. The victory keeps the Knights tied for second place in the MIAA and moves Calvin to 9-5 on the season.
Calvin opened the game with a pair of baskets from junior Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) and senior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian). The Scots used a 6-1 run to regain the lead at 6-5. Calvin responded with a layup from Caitlyn Demaree to take the lead right back. A layup from senior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) gave the Knights an 11-9 lead going into the second quarter.
The Maroon and Gold jumped out to a 5-1 run in the opening minute of the second quarter with a three-point basket from sophomore Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian) and a layup from Bre Luurtsema. The Knights would go seven minutes until their next basket. Freshman Caitlyn Demaree (St. Louis, Mo./Principia) ended the drought with a three-point basket and a layup from Rachel Warners gave Calvin a 21-18 lead at halftime.
Calvin scored 21 points in the third quarter, matching the Knights entire first-half scoring. After Alma cut the lead to 21-20, the Knights went on a 7-0 run to earn some separation. Ali Spayde led all players with nine points in the third quarter.
Sophomore Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower) started the scoring in the fourth quarter. With Calvin leading 46-36, Meyer started a 9-0 run to push the lead to 55-36. The Scots tried to claw back, but it would not be enough to knock off the Knights.
Bre Luurtsema finished with a game-high 15 points on Saturday. She also recorded four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Kara Minderhoud led Calvin with a career-high eight rebounds in the win, she also had 11 points and two assists.
Ali Spayde checked in with eight assists that ties her career high, four rebounds, five steals and 13 points.
Nicole Meyer tallied a season-high six points on Saturday.
The Knights face a tough challenge next week when they host Albion on Wednesday and close the week at Hope.