GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - On Saturday afternoon, the No. 24 Calvin women's basketball team got back to its winning ways with a 77-43 victory over the Kalamazoo Hornets.
Calvin picked up its first loss of the year at Hope on Wednesday evening, falling 82-61 to the No. 10 Flying Dutch. Senior Anna Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian HS) scored her 1000th point in the defeat; Timmer is the 16th player in program history to eclipse the 1000-point plateau.
Kalamazoo entered the game looking to earn its first win of the season. The Hornets also lost their MIAA opener, as they were defeated 81-39 by Adrian College.
Behind 13 first quarter points by Lauren Goldthorpe (St. Ignace, Mich./Lasalle HS), the Knights built an early lead that the Hornets were unable to recover from.
Two early three-point field goals by Kalamazoo's Emily Kozal put the Hornets up 6-5. Goldthorpe responded for the Knights, knocking down three triples in the first four minutes of play to give Calvin a seven-point lead.
With 2:28 remaining in the first quarter, junior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthington Christian HS) converted on a three-point play to put the Knights up by double digits (23-12). A last second jumper by Goldthorpe put the home team up 29-14. 15 of the Knights 29 first quarter points were scored off eight Kalamazoo turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Knights continued to gain separation from the Hornets, fueled by two three-pointers by Spayde. Holding the Hornets scoreless for over seven minutes, the Knights used a fourteen-point run to take a commanding 46-19 lead. Heading into halftime, the scoreboard read 48-23 in favor of the Knights.
At the half, Spayde led all players with 19 points, including 11 in the second quarter.
In the second half, the Knights continued to roll. Using a well-balanced scoring attack, the Knights earned a 32-point advantage by the end of the third quarter. Timmer and Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower HS) scored four points apiece while Sarah Cassel added three, as Calvin outscored Kalamazoo 14-7.
The Hornets nearly matched the Knights scoring effort in the fourth quarter, but Calvin led 77-43 when time expired.
Calvin was led in scoring by Ali Spayde who finished with 24 points, five assists and three steals. Goldthorpe added 13 points in the victory, while Anna Timmer posted her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) had a solid all-around game, contributing six points, six assists and four steals.
Emily Kozal led Kalamazoo's offense with 16 points.
The Knights outrebounded the Hornets 45-27 on the afternoon. Calvin shot 46.9% from the floor (30-64) while the visitors only converted on 28.6% (14-49) of their field goal attempts.
With the conference win, the Knights improve to 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the MIAA. The Hornets remain winless on the year, dropping to 0-4 overall with a 0-2 conference mark.
The Knights are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Alma to take on the Scots (1-3 overall, 0-0 MIAA). Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.