DEPERE, Wisc. - In the championship game of the St. Norbert College Tip-Off Tourney, Calvin fell to Illinois Wesleyan 60-44 for its second loss of the season.
Illinois Wesleyan came out red-hot to begin the game on a 10-0 run. Calvin struggled to find points immediately and throughout the rest of the quarter. Sophomore Stephanie Coors hit a three at the end of the quarter, but the Knights found themselves down 22 – 9.
Calvin (2-2) started to find some scoring in the second, but the Titans kept answering right back. Illinois Wesleyan held onto a larger lead going into halftime with a score of 34–20.
The Knights picked up the scoring in the third quarter, but the Titans were able to answer every Calvin surge. In the fourth quarter it came down to a defensive battle with little scoring.
Sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, MI / South Christian) was 10-17 from the field with 16 points, 7 rebound and an assist while Senior Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) added three points, nine rebounds and a pair of assists.
At the conclusion of the tournament, Timmer was named to the St. Norbert Tip-Off Tournament all-tournament team.
COACHES COMMENT: "Our compete level was really high but a credit to Illinois Wesleyan," said Calvin head women's basketball coach Mark Christner. "They are a very strong and balanced team. We've gone through a gauntlet of tough teams early in the season. Our offense will come. We've got a few things to work on in practice but I liked the camaraderie and effort today. We will build and get ready to compete again next Saturday."
NEXT UP: Calvin will travel to the College of Mount St. Joseph next Saturday for a 2 p.m contest.