Calvin Women's Basketball Blasts the Britons

Calvin Women's Basketball Blasts the Britons
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin women's basketball team picked up an important 82-59 conference victory over visiting Albion Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena.
 
The Knights (10-5 overall, 5-1 MIAA) move a game ahead of the Britons (10-4 overall, 4-2 MIAA) in the league standings and are now tied for second place with Trine and sit just a game behind league-leading Hope heading into a Saturday rivalry showdown in Holland.

Calvin sprinted out to a 40-28 halftime lead by hitting 5-of-8 from three-point range while shooting 55.6 percent overall. Defensively, the Knights limited Albion to 29.4 percent field goal shooting in the first half.
 
Albion scored the first five points of the second half to slice the deficit down to seven points at 40-33 early in the third quarter. 

Leading 44-37, Calvin responded with a 7-0 run to build a double-digit lead it held the rest of the way. 

Calvin was led in scoring by senior Ali Spayde (Lewis Center, Oh./Worthington Christian HS) who poured in 23 points to go with seven assists and four rebounds. 
 
Sophomore Kara Minderhoud (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) notched her first collegiate double-double with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Minderhoud knocked in a pair of timely three-pointers and chalked up three assists.
 
Junior Rachel Warners (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 13 points and eight boards. Senior Bre Luurtsema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) had 11 points. Junior Becca Richards (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern HS) had 12 points and also a pair of key three-point baskets in a reserve role.
 
Sophomore Nicole Meyer (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower HS) had one of her best games of the season, scoring six points and grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds to go with four assists and four steals.
 
As a team, Calvin was credited with 20 assists on 30 field goals. 
 
Albion was led by Brittany Leutz with 15 points. The Britons shot just 33.9 percent from the field and were just 7-of-23 (.304) from three-point range. 
 
Calvin shot 50.8 percent overall and 9-of-19 (.474) from three-point territory.
 
The Knights will travel to rival Hope on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game at DeVos Fieldhouse.