Twenty-seven points allowed in the first quarter, but just 20 combined allowed over the next three.
The Hope College women's basketball team sprung a matchup zone defense after a slow start that that paved the way for a 93-47 win over Finlandia on Friday in the opening round of the Tip-Off Tournament at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch will play for the tournament championship on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. against Franklin, Indiana, a 74-47 winner over Carroll, Wisconsin in Friday's first game.
Hope (2-0 overall) switched away from a man-to-man defense after giving up six 3-pointers and 10 field goals in all on 50 percent shooting during the first quarter. Finlandia (0-1) made only seven more basketball on 17.1 shooting the remainder of the game.
The Flying Dutch went from trailing 27-18 after the opening quarter to leading 48-32 at halftime and 71-36 after three quarters.
Senior co-captain Angelique Gaddy said her team has many options for in-game changes like the defensive one that worked exceptionally well against Finlandia (0-1).
"If something's not working, we have different things in our pocket we can pull out and use it just as effectively," Gaddy said. "We practice a lot of defenses and if the issue is offense, we have a lot of different offenses that we can use as well. Our man defense wasn't as well as our zone today so we subbed with zone, and I think that was a key factor — not only just implementing it, but implementing it very well."
Sophomore center Francesca Buchanan of Grant, Michigan (Sparta HS) led Hope in scoring for the second consecutive game with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior guard Tyra Smith of Grand Rapids, Michigan (GR Christian), pictured, chipped in 11 points.
Junior center Jacquelyn Schwark of Fraser, Michigan (Lutheran North) added 10 points off the bench.
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