GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - On Wednesday evening, the No. 25 Calvin women's basketball team welcomed the Alma College Scots to Van Noord Arena, marking the second matchup between the two conference teams this season. The Knights took the first meeting of the year, defeating the Scots 71-64 at Alma's Art Smith Arena.
Calvin claimed the second meeting by a score of 62-52, earning its sixth consecutive victory. The Knights improve to 17-2 overall and 8-2 in the MIAA. With the loss, the Scots drop to 5-13 overall with a 3-6 conference mark.
Fueled by eight points by senior Anna Timmer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian HS), the Knights jumped out to a 19-5 first quarter lead. The Knights held the Scots scoreless for the final three minutes of the quarter, going on a 9-0 run.
With just over a minute remaining in the first quarter, freshman Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower HS) knocked down her first career three-point field goal.
The Scots outscored the Knights 17-14 in the second quarter, but Calvin held onto a 33-22 lead at halftime.
At the break, Timmer led all players with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Knights scored the first five points of the second half to go up by 16. Junior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Ohio/Worthingon Christian HS) knocked down a three-pointer, and sophomore Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) followed with a made layup.
The Scots responded by outscoring the Knights 13-2 in the following six minutes to cut the Knights' lead to five points. Alma knocked down three triples in the offensive surge.
Despite the pressure from the Scots, Calvin closed out the third quarter with a strong offensive effort, scoring nine straight points. Junior Lauren Goldthorpe (St. Ignace, Mich./Lasalle HS) knocked down a three-pointer and a pair of jump shots, contributing seven points in the run.
Calvin possessed a 53-39 lead to start the fourth quarter. With 7:41 left to play, Timmer put in a layup to put the Knights up by 15. However, the Scots scored seven straight points, holding the home team scoreless for nearly five minutes.
With 3:22 remaining, the Scots trailed by eight. However, the Knights were able to maintain possession and run down the clock, forcing Alma to foul. Calvin led by ten points as time expired.
Timmer led all players in scoring and rebounding, finishing with 16 points and 11 boards to log her thirteenth double-double of the season. She also moved past Kayla Engelhard and into 10th place on the Calvin career scoring list, boosting her career total to 1,165 points. Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) contributed 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Goldthorpe and Spayde chipped in 12 points apiece; 10 of Goldthorpe's points came in the second half. Meyer snagged 10 rebounds and also recorded two blocks.
Alma was led in scoring by Abbigale Philipson and Tara Padgett who finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Knights are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host the Belles of Saint Mary's. In the first meeting of the year between the two teams, Calvin earned an 82-37 road victory. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.