No. 2 Hope Nips Women’s Basketball

No. 2 Hope Nips Women’s Basketball

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Calvin women's basketball team fell short in a hard-fought battle at No. 2 Hope on Saturday afternoon. The Flying Dutch walked away with a 58-51 victory. Calvin moves to 10-6 on the season and 5-2 in MIAA play. Hope remains perfect at 16-0 and 7-0 in MIAA action.

"Congratulations to Hope, it was a gritty performance and they made the plays when they had to," said head coach Chuck Winkelman. "They are having an outstanding year and they are willing their way to some really hard-fought wins."

After trailing 0-4, Calvin took the lead for the first time in the game at the 9-8 mark with a jump shot from sophomore Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian). A jump shot from sophomore Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower) pushed the lead up to 11-8 with over five minutes to play in the first quarter. The Flying Dutch cut the Calvin lead to 14-13, but senior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian) scored a layup in the final seconds to give the Knights a 16-13 lead after 10 minutes.

The Flying Dutch regained the lead with a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. A jump shot from Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) snapped the streak for the Knights. A 4-0 run at the end of the half gave Hope a 29-23 lead at halftime.

Hope pushed the lead up to 10 points on three occasions in the third quarter. Trailing 29-39, the Knights used a 9-0 run to get right back in the game, including seven-straight points from Bre Luurtsema.

A three-point basket from Ali Spayde gave the Knights a 41-40 lead. With the basket, Spayde moved into a tie for first place in the career three-point basket list in Calvin women's basketball program history with 187.

Hope headed into the fourth quarter with a 45-43 lead.

The two teams found themselves in a defensive battle in the fourth quarter. The Flying Dutch pushed the lead up to 50-43, but the Knights did not back down and cut the lead to 54-51 with three minutes remaining. Hope sealed the deal with a 4-0 run in the final three minutes.

The Knights made more field goals than the Flying Dutch on Saturday, 22-21. The Maroon and Gold had an assist on 10 of the 22 baskets.

Nicole Meyer led Knight with a game-high 10 rebounds and game-high three assists.

Bre Luurtsema finished with a team-high 18 points, she also notched a game-high four steals, four rebounds, and two assists.

Ali Spayde checked in with 15 points, junior Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) tallied 10 points and eight rebounds.

Calvin returns to MIAA action on Wednesday against Kalamazoo at Van Noord Arena.