Nationally Ranked Flying Dutch Travel to Saint Mary's For MIAA Game
Senior Kelsey Masserant, pictured at right, and the nationally ranked Hope women's basketball goes for its 13th win this season Thursday when it travels to Saint Mary's.
Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at the Angela Athletic Facility in Notre Dame, Ind.
The Flying Dutch are 12-0 overall and 4-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play. They are second in this week's Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll and fifth in the d3hoops.com rankings.
Saint Mary's enters with a 4-8 overall record, but a 2-1 mark in MIAA action. The Belles edged host Alma 70-67 in their last game on Jan. 4.
Hope leads the all-time series that started in 1983 by a 44-6 margin. The Flying Dutch won both regular-season meetings last season.
Hope carries one of the nation's highest-scoring offense. The Flying Dutch rank sixth at a MIAA-leading 87.5 points per game and sixth in scoring margin at 27.0 points per game.
Hope also is in the top 10 in two other categories — sixth in rebound margin at plus-12.8 and ninth in turnover margin at plus-9.92.
The Flying Dutch also top the MIAA in scoring defense, allowing 60.5 points per game. Saint Mary's is fifth in the MIAA in team scoring at 68.1 points per game and seventh in scoring defense at 69.3.
Sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) leads Hope in scoring at 13.8 points per game. She ranks fifth in the MIAA.
Hope senior guard Megan Kelley of Rockford (Rockford HS) is 13th in the MIAA in scoring at 11.6 points per game.
Saint Mary's features three of the MIAA's top 20 scorers. Senior guard Shanlynn Bias is tied with McAfee at 13.8 points per game. Junior forward Ariana Paul is seventh at 13.5 points per game. Sophomore Krista Knapke is tied for 16th at 11.0 points per game.