GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Lady Redhawks (23-5) fell to Calvin College (25-4) 73-37 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Van Noord Arena. It is their first loss in fourteen games.
Calvin jumped out to a 35-8 halftime lead by giving the ball to their All-American Carissa Verkaik. Verkaik recorded 14 points, 10 points, and 7 blocks in the first half.
La Roche tried to chip away at Calvin's lead in the second half but the halftime deficit was too much. Casie Cygan led the way with 13 second half points and Jessica Pitts registered 6 points and 4 rebounds.
Cygan finished with 14 points and Pitts added 8 points and 6 rebounds. Chloe' Stewart had 3 steals.
Verkaik recorded 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 blocks in the Knight's win. Verkaik was one block away from Calvin's first ever triple-double.
Despite the loss, the Lady Redhawks made 14 of 21 free throws including a 12 of 15 performance in the second half. La Roche also recorded their highest rebound total in eleven games.