The nationally ranked Hope College women's basketball team finished second in the 2017-18 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Preseason Coaches Poll.
Coach Brian Morehouse's Flying Dutch received one first-place vote and totaled 64 points. Last year's champion, Trine University, was a unanimous preseason favorite. Coaches could not vote for their own team.
Hope is coming off a 24-5 season in which the Flying Dutch reached the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Flying Dutch return two starters, including 2016-17 all-region honoree and All-MIAA First Team forward Francesca Buchanan of Grant, Michigan (Sparta HS) and senior guard Madison Geers of Scottville, Michigan (Mason County Central).
Hope tips off the season on Friday-Saturday, November 17-18 with its annual Tip Off Tournament at DeVos Fieldhouse that includes Heidelberg, Ohio, Finlandia and Rose-Hulman, Indiana.