GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's basketball defended home court and remained perfect on the season at home. The Knights picked up a 72-42 victory over Kalamazoo on Wednesday evening. The victory pushes the Knights to 11-6 on the year and sends Kalamazoo to 6-10.
After the first half of the MIAA season, the Maroon and Gold stand in third place at 6-2. Kalamazoo falls into a three-way tie for fifth place at 3-5. No. 2 Hope leads the way at 8-0.
The Knights and Hornets found themselves in a defensive battle in the first quarter. Senior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian) dominated the first quarter with 10 points in the first quarter. The Knights led 14-12 after the first quarter.
The Maroon and Gold broke open the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets, 20-6. The Knights started the second quarter on a 16-0 run. Junior Becca Richards (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern) led the way with seven points in the run. The Knights headed into halftime with a 34-18 lead.
Ali Spayde opened the second half with a three-point basket. That basket was the 188th three-point basket for her at Calvin and propelled her past Kelsey Irwin and Kristen McDonald to stand alone atop the career three-point list at Calvin College.
Leading 37-20, the Knights used a 7-0 run to push further away from the Hornets, with points from junior Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower), Becca Richards, Ali Spayde and senior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian).
Kalamazoo started the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run. Bre Luurtsema broke the streak with three points, the old fashion way. Seven Knights scored in the fourth quarter, including freshman Rebecca Boeve (Grandville, Mich./Covenant Christian), who scored her first point at Calvin. Boeve also recorded a block and steal.
Ali Spayde led all players with 27 points on Wednesday. On Wednesday, she moved up to fifth place on the Calvin all-time scoring list to 1289 points, passing Anna Timmer, Sharon Boeve, and Sarah Ondersma. She also finished the game with a game-high five steals, three assists, and three rebounds.
Bre Luurtsema tallied 16 points and a game-high five assists and six rebounds.
Junior Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) led Calvin with eight rebounds and two blocks.
Calvin forced 26 Hornets turnovers on Wednesday and only turned the ball over 12 times.
Sophomore Alexus Thomas (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Christian Academy) tallied her first rebound and assist at Calvin against Kalamazoo.
The Knights dominated the paint against Kalamazoo, outscoring the Hornets in the paint, 34-12.
The Maroon and Gold return to action on Saturday at Saint Mary's.