Francesca Buchanan scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Hope College women's basketball team in an 83-77 overtime loss at Albion on Wednesday.
The sophomore center from Grant, Michigan (Sparta HS) helped the sixth-ranked Flying Dutch rally from an eight-point, second-quarter deficit and have a chance to win the game at the end of regulation.
Hope missed a 3-pointer right before the second-half buzzer, sending the game to overtime. Albion outscored the Flying Dutch 15-9 during the extra five-minute period to knock Hope out of sole possession of first-place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings.
The Flying Dutch fell to 17-2 overall and 9-1 in MIAA play. They are tied for first place with Trine.
Hope and Trine are one game ahead of third-place Calvin and two games ahead of fourth-place Albion (14-4, 7-3).
The Flying Dutch could not overcome Albion's 26-of-27 effort from the foul line (96.7 percent) to their 24-of-34 effort (70.6 percent).
Hope also shot 37.3 percent from the field (25-67), including 12.5 percent from 3-point range (3-24). Buchanan led the Flying Dutch by hitting 9-of-15 field-goal attempts for 60 percent.
Sophomore guard Victoria Swift of LaGrange, Illinois (Lyons Township) was the only other Hope player to score in double figures with 11 points off the bench.
Senior forward Mandy Traversa of Winfield, Illinois (Wheaton North) added nine points and matched her career-high 13 rebounds.
Albion put five players in double figures. Freshman Emily Bernas led the Britons with 25 points.
Hope returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28 with the Purple Community game against Alma. Tipoff is 3 p.m.
The Flying Dutch will don purple to help raise funds for Van Andel Institute's biomedical research and science education efforts. Learn more and how to donate.