January 12, 2013

Calvin women lock down Hope, Tommies fall

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Kayla Engelhard scored seven of Calvin's first nine points and also hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds to seal the No. 2 Knights' win.
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No. 2 Calvin bounced back from a two-possession second half deficit and held off its archrival down the stretch to defeat No. 5 Hope 64-59.

Carissa Verkaik scored a game-high 17 points while Kayla Engelhard added 16 for the Knights, who held Liz Ellis to 3-for-20 shooting from the floor and Courtney Kust to 1-for-10 in the win. Calvin turned the ball over twice in the final minute but Hope was unable to take advantage.

St. Thomas' 33-game win streak against MIAC opponents came to an end as St. Benedict knocked off the Tommies 66-62. Whitney Canton scored 14 and Morgan Dale had a game-high 16 rebounds for the Blazers. St. Thomas hadn't lost a conference game since Sept. 16, 2011. 

Thomas More scored most of its points in a 41-9 run in a 63-50 win against St. Vincent. The Saints scored the last 22 points of the first half and blew it open in the second but had to survive a run from St. Vincent in the win. Allison Long led Thomas More with 15 points, while Devin McGrath had 16 points and 16 boards for St. Vincent.

The UW-Superior duo of Sally Linzmeier and Connie Urmanski combined for 46 points to lead the Yellowjackets to a 67-59 win over No. 15 UW-Whitewater, giving the Warhawks their first WIAC loss of the season and dropping them to 12-4 overall.

Moravian beat No. 17 Catholic 62-59 to end the Cardinals' undefeated run. The Greyhounds converted three of four free throws in the final minute to grab the victory. Watch our video recap to the right.

No. 19 Whitman lost its second consecutive game after joining the D3hoops.com Top 25 for the first time in its history, losing 50-38 at No. 25 George Fox. No. 10 Lewis and Clark narrowly escaped defeat as the Pioneers scored a layup with 0.4 seconds left to beat Puget Sound 58-56. Haley Jordan scored a season-high 24 points to lead No. 13 Southern Maine to an 82-61 win over Mass-Dartmouth.

No. 18 York (Pa.) snapped its three-game losing streak by shutting down Marymount 57-44. Kelsey Murphy scored 17 points to pull the Spartans into a first place tie with the Saints.

Carthage stayed perfect in the CCIW with a 62-48 win at Illinois Wesleyan. The Lady Reds dropped all four games to the Titans last year, including the season-ending loss in the NCAA tournament. Stephanie Kuzmanic made sure that trend didn't continue for Carthage this season by notching 28 points and six assists.

Colby-Sawyer had a day to remember as the Chargers topped previously unbeaten Castleton State 60-39. Taylor DeSanty scored 13 points and became the school's all-time scoring leader and Cailin Bullett dished six assists to set the career mark in that category.

The other two undefeated and unranked teams that played on Saturday won their games. Ferrum handled Methodist 82-66 and New Paltz State won at Oneonta State 50-36.

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