Members of the sixth-ranked Hope College women's basketball team played for more than themselves despite their drive to rebound from just their season loss of the season.
Inspired by the family and friends they were honored for Saturday's Purple Community games benefiting Van Andel Institute, the Flying Dutch rebounded with an 83-65 win against Alma at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The Flying Dutch improved to 18-2 overall and remained tied atop the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings with Trine. Both teams are 10-1 in league play after Trine beat Albion 69-45 on Saturday.
Sophomore center Francesca Buchanan of Grant, Michigan (Sparta HS) topped four Hope players who scored in double figures with 22 points. She shot 7-of-11 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line while grabbing a team-high six rebounds.
The Flying Dutch never trailed after claiming a 13-4 lead in the first 3 ½ minutes of the game.
Junior forward Madison Geers of Scottville, Michigan (Mason County Central) chipped in 16 points.
Junior guard Tyra Smith of Grand Rapids, Michigan (GR Christian) netted 14 points.
Senior forward Mandy Traversa of Winfield, Illinois (Wheaton North) scored 11 points after burying a team-best three 3-pointers.
Senior guard Angelique Gaddy of Caledonia, Michigan (South Christian) added eight games and a game-high eight assists.
Hope returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at third-place Calvin. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.