Calvin College Bests Women's Basketball in Home Finale, 82-52

Pictured, left to right, Assistant Coach Rita Carter, Bulldogs senior class of Kennedy Kunce, Emilee Davidson, Paige Machnacki, Brigitte Zavithsanos, and Head Coach Kathy Morris.
Pictured, left to right, Assistant Coach Rita Carter, Bulldogs senior class of Kennedy Kunce, Emilee Davidson, Paige Machnacki, Brigitte Zavithsanos, and Head Coach Kathy Morris.

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College women's basketball team fell to visiting Calvin College, 82-52, in the Bulldogs' home finale in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action on Saturday.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Calvin 82, Adrian 52 

Location: Adrian, Mich.; Merillat Sport & Fitness Center

Records: Calvin 20-4 overall, 11-4 MIAA ; Adrian Bulldogs 12-11 overall, 7-8 MIAA

National Rankings: Calvin is "receiving votes" in D3hoops.com and Women's Basketball Coaches' Association polls for NCAA Division III

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Brigitte Zavithsanos led the team with 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field.

= Classmate Paige Machnacki (3 points) came off the bench to grab seven rebounds to tie for the game high and she added a blocked shot.

= Freshman Sadia Johnson (7 points) had game highs of four assists and three steals.

THE OPPOSITION
= Ali Spayde netted a game-high 20 points to lead three Knights in double-digits. She made 7 of 10 field goal attempts and hit on all five free throws. She also had four assists and three rebounds.

Anna Timmer stuffed the statline with 14 points (6-8 FGs), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

= Bre Luurtsema also had 14 points, plus five rebounds and three assists.

Becca Richards tied teammate Spayde and Johnson with game-high honors with four assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Calvin shot 50 percent (29-58) from the field and held Adrian to just 26.2 (16-61).

= The Knights took advantage of 21 Bulldog turnovers that translated to 27 points.

= Adrian hung with Calvin by trailing only 18-15 after the first quarter. A Machnacki 3ball from the left corner gave the Bulldogs an 11-9 lead with 4 minutes and 4 seconds left.

= The Knights took control in the second quarter, outscoring AC 25-10 to take a 43-25 halftime lead. 

= Calvin also had statistical advantages in these categories: rebounds (43-38), assists (20-11), points in the paint (38-18) and fastbreak points (16-6).

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= At 114 games, the Adrian-Calvin series is the most played for a Bulldogs opponent. The Knights lead 88-26 all-time.

= The Bulldogs went 17-for-21 at the free throw stripe for 81.0 percent, matching their season's best for that many makes. Adrian also was 17-of-21 on Dec. 15 at Lancaster Bible (won 83-79).

= Adrian outmuscled Calvin on the offensive glass, 18 to 13.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will have its last game of the season next Saturday on the road against MIAA foe Alma College. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. Live stats

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