Flying Dutch Roll Past Saint Mary's 93-53 With Balanced Effort
The second-best shooting performance of the season led the nationally ranked Hope women's basketball team to a 93-53 win at Saint Mary's on Thursday in Notre Dame, Ind.
The Flying Dutch shot 52.8 percent from the field as they raised their record to 13-0 overall and 5-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.
Hope is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today NCAA Division III coaches poll and No. 5 by d3hoops.com.
"We knocked down a bunch of shots," Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. "When we make a bunch of shots, everybody feels better, everything looks better. It all seems to flow together."
Sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) topped Hope with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field in 13 minutes of action.
The Flying Dutch's balanced effort saw their starters combine for 50 points, but eight reserves score as well.
Two other starters reached double figures for Hope — senior guard Megan Kelley of Rockford (Rockford HS) with 11 points in 15 minutes and freshman point guard Angelique Gaddy of Caledonia (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) with 10 points in 22 minutes.
The Flying Dutch shot 52.8 percent from the field as a team. The production is only surpassed this season by a 57.6-percent effort during a 126-56 win at North Central (Ill.) on Nov. 16.
Hope finished with 20 assists, matching its second-best output of the season. Senior guard Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) shared team-high honors with Gaddy as both players collected four assists.
The Flying Dutch also recorded 19 steals — equaling their second-highest output of the season. Five players had three steals apiece — Gaddy, Kelley, McAfee, junior guard Melissa LaReau of Bradley, Ill. (Bishop McNamara Catholic HS) and sophomore guard Autumn Anderson of Dorr (Wayland HS).
Morebouse said his team's transition game was outstanding against Saint Mary's (4-9, 2-2 MIAA).
"I thought our defense created a lot of offense tonight," Morehouse said. "We were able to play one of our best defensive games of the season. We started creating some easier shots in our offense with steals and runouts."
The Flying Dutch return to action on Saturday when they host Adrian at DeVos Fieldhouse. Tipoff is 3 p.m.
It is a free youth poster game, with Hope players available after the game for autographs. Orange Leaf will give away free frozen yogurt as well.