Calvin Women's Basketball Holds Off Saint Mary's 64-59 in Overtime

Calvin Women's Basketball Holds Off Saint Mary's 64-59 in Overtime
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Calvin women's basketball held off an upset bid by Saint Mary's Saturday afternoon, defeating the Belles 64-59 in overtime.
 
Saint Mary's (5-12 overall, 3-6 MIAA) took a 4-2 lead midway through the first quarter and held the lead deep into the fourth quarter.
 
Saint Mary's led 31-26 at halftime and 41-38 heading into the third quarter.
 
Calvin went on an 8-3 run to start the fourth quarter with senior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) scoring on a layup to cap off the run and give the Knights a 46-44 lead with 5:30 left in regulation.
 
Saint Mary's answered with six unanswered points to take a 50-46 lead with 3:38 remaining but junior Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) hit a jumper and junior Becca Richards (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern HS) hit three free throws to put the Knights up 51-50 with 2:29 left.
 
Saint Mary's regained the lead at 52-51 on a Gabby Diamond layup with 1:23 left. Calvin senior Ali Spayde (Lewis, Center, Oh./Worthington Christian HS) connected on a free throw with 51 seconds remaining to tie the score at 52-52.
 
Calvin came up with a defensive stop and had a chance to win in regulation but a shot in the final seconds was off the mark, sending the contest into overtime.
 
The Knights (12-6 overall, 7-2 MIAA) took early control of overtime with a 7-1 run fueled by four points from Warners that pushed them into a 59-53 lead.
 
Saint Mary's got within four points on two occasions inside the final 1:17 of play but the Knights were able to connect on five free throws down the stretch to seal the win. 
 
Spayde led Calvin in scoring with 19 points to boost her career scoring total to 1,308 points. 
 
Luurtsema notched her 16th collegiate double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds to boost her career rebounding total to 602.
 
Warners had 13 points while Richards had 11. Sophomore Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) had five points and a career-high 14 rebounds. 
 
Saint Mary's was led by Giavanna Paradiso with 15 points and 15 rebounds. 
 
Calvin shot a season-low 28.4 percent from the field and was 0-of-12 from three-point range. The Knights forced Saint Mary's into 33 turnovers however and scored 26 points off of opponent turnovers in the game.
 
With the win, Calvin remains in sole possession of third place in the MIAA standings with a 7-2 conference mark. The Knights are one game back of 8-1 Trine. The Knights will host Trine on Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena at 7:30 p.m.