GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin picked up its fourth win on the season, defeating University of Northwestern Ohio 69-51 Tuesday night at Van Noord Arena.
The two opponents traded leads throughout the opening quarter with Calvin finishing the quarter with a 16-15 advantage.
The Knights picked up it up on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball in the second quarter. Calvin (4-2) forced four turnovers and held Northwestern Ohio to just three points in the quarter. Freshman Leah Harris (Frisco, TX / Lone Star) sparked the offense by hitting two three pointers and an elbow jumper to go on an 8-0 run by herself. The Knights went on to outscore the Racers 22-3 in the second quarter to take a 38-18 lead into the half.
The start of the third quarter had both of the teams evenly matched. The Racers came out with more energy and outscored Calvin 17-10 cutting into the lead and making it a 48-35 game headed into the fourth quarter.
Northwestern came out ready to play in the fourth quarter and trimmed the lead down to 50– 41. Sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian HS) got the offensive going for the Knights with seven straight points. Calvin kept the scoring up to go on a 14–5 run to take a 64- 46 lead with two minutes left in the game. Calvin held off the Races (2-8) the reminder of the game to take home the victory.
Gabby Timmer finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and two assists to record her 15th collegiate double-double. Freshman Leah Harris had 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. Senior Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, MI / Covenant Christian) added 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Mady Vander Zwaag (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) had eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Sophomore Stephanie Coors (Evergreen, Co./Valor Christian HS) had six points, nine boards, three assists and two blocked shots.
Calvin held a 50-rebounding advantage and limited Northwestern of Ohio to 26.8 percent field goal shooting including 27.8 percent (10 of 36) from three-point range.
COACHES COMMENTS: "I thought our focus was really good," said Calvin head women's basketball coach Mark Christner. "I thought our fourth quarter was good. In order for us to grow and to be able to play a good consistent 40 minutes we needed a good fourth quarter. I commend our players for a good solid effort against a good offensive team."
UP NEXT: Calvin heads to Iowa to play at the Simpson College Classic against Buena Vista on Friday at 6 p.m. EST.