Hope-Albion Women's Basketball Preview

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association-leading Hope College women's basketball team is back in action Wednesday, Jan. 22, when it plays at Albion College.

Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at Albion's Kresge Gymnasium. The Flying Dutch lead the all-time series that dates back to 1973 by a 56-30 margin, including wins last season of 54-40 and 79-39.

Hope enters the game ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Sports Division III coaches poll and owners of a 15-0 record.

Coach Brian Morehouse's Flying Dutch also moved up one spot to fourth in the d3hoops.com rankings.

Click here to see both polls: USA Today Coaches and d3hoops.com.

Photo, at right, of Elizabeth Perkins by Katie Berry, Hope College Sports Information.

Hope is 7-0 in MIAA play. Albion (6-10 overall) is 2-5 in MIAA play.

Click here for MIAA standings and today's league schedule.

The Flying Dutch top the MIAA in scoring offense at 85.9 points per game and scoring defense at 59.1. They are ranked fifth in the nation in scoring offense.

Hope faces an opponent that is scoring 63.8 points per game, good for sixth place in the MIAA. Albion has the second-ranked defense in the league, allowing 62.8 points per game.

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) averages 13.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She is ranked sixth in the MIAA in scoring and second in rebounds. Senior guard Megan Kelley of Rockford (Rockford HS) is ranked 15th in the MIAA at 11.1 points per game.

Albion senior Brett deBear is the MIAA's second-leading scorer at 18.1 points per game. The 5-10 guard/forward is the Britons' only double-digit scorer.

Click here for MIAA statistics and leaders.

The Hope women's junior varsity team will play at Albion at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

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