ALMA, Mich. - The Calvin women's basketball team secured the season sweep over the Scots of Alma in convincing fashion on Wednesday night. The Knights blasted the Scots 80-37 to improve to 14-7 on the year and 9-3 in MIAA play. The Scots sink to 2-18 and 1-17 in MIAA action. The victory secures a spot in the MIAA Tournament for the Knights.
The Knights started the game with a blistering 18-0 run and never looked back. Senior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) led the Knights with seven points in the run. Calvin did not allow a point until the 2:17 mark of the first quarter. The first quarter ended with a 9-0 run from the Knights to finish at 27-2. Senior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian) led the Knights with 10 points.
Junior Becca Richards (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern) started the scoring in the second quarter with a layup. The Knights outscored the Scots 15-11 in the second quarter to head into halftime with a 42-13 lead. Bre Luurtsema and Becca Richards both notched six points in the second.
Bre Luurtsema started the scoring in the third quarter with three points the old-fashioned way. Alma cut the Calvin lead to 48-23 with 2:30 remaining, but the Knights closed the quarter on a 12-0 run. Ali Spayde chipped in six of the 12 points.
Six different Knights scored in the fourth quarter, including five off the bench. Sophomore Jordyn Schluter (Novi, Mich./Mercy) led Calvin six points. After the Scots started the fourth quarter on a 3-0 run, sophomore Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower) stopped the streak with a layup. With 1:44 remaining, freshman Erin Fankhauser (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy) recorded her first points at Calvin with a layup.
Bre Luurtsema led the game with a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds. Wednesday was her fifth double-double of the year and 17th in her career.
Nicole Meyer posted eight points, six rebounds and two steals.
The six rebounds for Becca Richards ties a career high.
The six points for Jordyn Schluter were her first at Calvin.
Freshman Erin Van Beek (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) earned her first assist for the Knights on Wednesday. Sophomore Alexus Thomas (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Christian Academy) finished with a career-high two assists. The three assists for junior Logan Winton (Fairview, Mich./Fairview) were also a career-high.
Freshman Meredith Bult (West Chicago, Ill./Wheaton Academy) flexed her muscles and recorded her first rebound at Calvin. As did freshman Annaka Ediger (Hudsonville, Mich./Hamilton) on Wednesday evening.
The Knights held a 38-27 rebounding advantage on Wednesday. Calvin forced 26 turnovers in the victory.
Calvin returns to action on Saturday for a key MIAA matchup at Albion.