Senior Carissa Verkaik sets new conference scoring record in women’s basketball


Reid Petro

Photo by Reid Petro.

The Calvin Knights women’s basketball team earned more than a 23-point win over the Adrian Bulldogs Wednesday night.

Senior Carissa Verkaik put up 37 points during the game at the Bulldogs’ home court. While this impressive performance helped Calvin get the win, it also put her at 1,055 points in her collegiate conference career.

This meant that Verkaik surpassed the previous MIAA scoring record of 1,051 points, set by Allison Kessler of Saint Mary’s. Verkaik even took fewer games than Kessler to reach the mark; Verkaik played 56 games to reach the record while Kessler took 64 games from 2004 to 2008.

“I had no idea I was even close,” said Verkaik. “It was a complete surprise when I got on the bus and saw it on Twitter.”

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” she continued. “They’re the majority of the reason I made it this far.”

With 1,986 overall points in her collegiate career, Verkaik is also quickly nearing the 2,000-point mark.

“While I’m really proud of Carissa for her great record, we try not to focus on it going into games,” said head coach John Ross.

“We play well as a team and communicate well. So we focus more on having fun playing the sport we love, growing in our faith and academics, and just enjoying spending time with each other,” he said.

The Knights are scheduled to host Rochester College at 3 p.m. in Van Noord arena.