The nationally ranked Hope College women's basketball team begins pursuit of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. in its league opener against Olivet College at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The Flying Dutch were picked second in the MIAA preseason coaches poll. Olivet finished seventh in the poll.
Hope 3-0, 0-0 MIAA - Ranked No. 4 in WBCA poll and No. 7 by D3hoops.com
Olivet 2-1, 1-0 MIAA
Hope: Brian Morehouse, 22nd season (530-83); Olivet: Zach Ingles, 2nd season (4-23)
This is the 91st all-time meeting between Hope and Olivet. The Flying Dutch lead the all-time series 77-13 after winning the past 41 games. The last Olivet victory came in 1999: a 63-53 final score.
SCOUTING THE COMETS
Guard/forward Shannon Dingman leads Olivet in scoring at 13.3 points per game. The Comets are averaging 75.0 points per game — third-highest in the MIAA.
Former Hope College guard and assistant coach Brittany Berry returns to DeVos Fieldhouse as a first-year assistant coach at Olivet College. Berry is the Flying Dutch recordholder with 229 3-pointers in 114 games between the 2010-11 and 2012-15 seasons.
HOPE'S LEADING SCORERS
Freshman guard Kenedy Schoonveld and junior forward Francesca Buchanan top the Flying Dutch in scoring at 12.3 and 12.0 points per game, respectively. Senior guard Madison Geers and freshman guard Lauren Newman both almost are in double digits at 9.7 points per game apiece.
Photo of Vanessa Freberg by Steve Herppich