GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin hosted it first home game Tuesday night with the Knights falling to Wisconsin-Whitewater by a score of 66-54 at Van Noord Arena.
The Knights didn't start out the first quarter they wanted to with Wisconsin-Whitewater taking a 7-0 lead early. Calvin picked it in the middle of the quarter to go on a 10–4 run, making it a one-point game with three minutes left. An NCAA III Tournament team 12 out of the last 13 years, the Warhawks answered with two quick layups to go up 15-11 at the end of opening quarter.
Wisconsin-Whitewater (1-0) kept going where it left off after the first quarter by going on a 9-0 run to take 24-11 lead. Sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, MI / South Christian) got the scoring started for Calvin in the second quarter with a layup and jumper from the elbow. This sparked a 9-2 scoring run for the Knights and they pulled within six right before halftime with a score of 26-20.
The second half didn't start in favor of the Knights as they fell behind 37-27. Sophomore Stephanie Coors (Evergreen, CO / Valor Christian) hit a three pointer to get Calvin going offensively. The momentum swung to the Knights and Calvin (1-1) was able to pull within five at the end of third quarter trailing 46-41.
Calvin trailed by just five at 54-49 with 4:13 remaining but the Warhawks continued to put points on the board and took a 59 – 49 lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Calvin tried to cut into the lead but couldn't get the offense rolling. Wisconsin-Whitewater came away with the win with a score of 66 – 54.
Calvin shot 37.9 percent from the floor including just 13.6 percent (3 of 22) against a staunch Whitewater defense. Calvin limited Whitewater to 33.9 percent field goal shooting and held a 44-32 rebounding advantage. Calvin committed 24 turnovers however which led to 18 Whitewater points.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Our effort was outstanding," said Calvin head women's basketball coach Mark Christner. "Wisconsin-Whitewater is a high-caliber team and program and I thought our compete level was high. We fell behind early but to our credit we recovered, came back and gave ourselves a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter. By the same token, credit Wisconsin-Whitewater for stepping up to make the plays it needed to make to win. That's a really good team we played tonight. We will be better in the long run for playing Wisconsin-Whitewater."
NEXT UP: The Knights now head to DePere, Wisconsin, to play St. Norbert on Friday November 15 at 7:00 PM CST.