The last of a DeVos Fieldhouse-record 10 assists for Angelique Gaddy made sure the seventh-ranked Hope College women's basketball team squashed a valiant upset bid and remained unbeaten on the season.
The senior point guard from Caledonia, Michigan (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) set up Victoria Swift for the game-clinching 3-pointer in a 78-71 victory against Albion on Wednesday at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Swift's shot on the wing in front of the Hope bench extended the Flying Dutch lead to 75-68 with 45 seconds remaining. Hope outscored Albion 21-7 over the final 6 ½ minutes.
The Flying Dutch improved to 11-0 overall and 4-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play with their ninth home win of the season.
Gaddy also recorded a team-high 15 points, nine of which came during the fourth quarter. She made all five of her free-throw attempts during the final stanza.
Gaddy passed the previous team record of seven assists shared by Julie Henderson and current Hope assistant coach Brittany Berry.
Five Hope players scored in double figures, including Swift. The sophomore from La Grange, Illinois (Lyons Township HS) netted 13 points off the bench.
Junior Madison Geers of Scottville, Michigan (Mason County Central) scored 14 points. She sank a game-high four 3-pointers.
Senior forward Mandy Traversa of Winfield, Illinois (Wheaton North) and sophomore forward Francesca Buchanan of Grant, Michigan (Sparta) chipped in 10 points apiece. Traversa grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, including three over the past 1 ½ minutes.
The Flying Dutch overcame being outrebounded 40-28.
Hope returns to action on Thursday-Friday, Dec. 29-30 at the Bluffton, Ohio holiday tournament. The Flying Dutch open against third-ranked St. Thomas, Minnesota.