Unbeaten Flying Dutch Top Adrian In Front Of Season-High DeVos Crowd
Maura McAfee recorded her sixth double-double of the season to lead the nationally ranked Hope College women's basketball team to a 71-52 win against Adrian on Saturday at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The sophomore forward from Midland (Midland HS) matched her season best with 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in only 20 minutes of action.
McAfee came within one rebound of equaling her season-high for rebounds of 16 against Calvin on Nov. 19.
Team Poster Day drew a season-high DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,119 for the Flying Dutch.
Hope coach Brian Morehouse thanked all the Hope fans for their attendance amid a busy day with the Hope men's basketball team playing at Calvin in Grand Rapids.
"I think that speaks well to the respect level that our community has for our women's basketball program and the tremendous support that we have for both programs," Morehouse said after he and his players signed posters for local youth after the game. "I'm sure there were a ton of Hope fans at the men's game, and rightly so. That's a huge game.
"What a great turnout for our women's game. The support we have we do not take for granted."
Hope raised its record to 14-0 overall and 6-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. The Flying Dutch are ranked No. 2 by USA Today NCAA Division III coaches poll and No. 5 by d3hoops.com.
Hope raced out to a 40-17 halftime lead as McAfee scored 11 points and collected nine rebounds.
"Mac is playing really, really well right now," Morehouse said. "She's stepping out and knocking down outside shots. It's not just layups and post moves. She has an inside-outside game. She's just like a heat-sinking missle when the ball goes off the rim. She's going to go find it."
Freshman point guard Angelique Gaddy of Caledonia (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) chipped in 10 of her 14 points during the first half. Gaddy came within two points of matching her season-high of 16 points in the win against Calvin.
The Flying Dutch dropped Adrian to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in the MIAA.