Olivia Voskuil sparked a furious finish for the Hope College women's basketball team with back-to-back steals and fast-break layups.
The Flying Dutch nearly overcame a 13-point deficit with less than four minutes remaining before falling to Trine 58-55 at DeVos Fieldhouse in a matchup of nationally ranked teams.
Hope — No. 2 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Poll and No. 3 by D3hoops.com — dropped to 18-1 on the season and 9-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.
Trine — No. 11 in the D3hoops.com rankings and No. 12 in the WBCA poll — improved to 18-2 on the season and took a half-game lead in the MIAA standings with a 10-1 league record. The Thunder have played one more MIAA game and the Flying Dutch.
"We lost to a really good team," Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. "Amherst continues to win. Trine barely lost to them, the No. 1 team in the nation. Disappointed we lost, but as a measuring stick, I think Trine is pretty good. I think we're pretty good. They fought back to even the ledger. Now we've got to regroup and be ready to play on the road Wednesday."
Freshman guard Kenedy Schoonveld of Zeeland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS) scored a game-high 24 points for the Flying Dutch. She hit two 3s during the final 35 seconds to propel Hope — the final one coming with four seconds remaining and cutting Trine's lead to 57-55.
The Flying Dutch trailed 52-39 after a Katy Steers 3-pointer with 4:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Two layups from Voskuil — a freshman from Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) — injected energy into Hope. Two free throws from senior forward Jacquelyn Schwark of Fraser, Michigan (Lutheran North) and a jumper from senior guard Madison Geers of Scottville, Michigan (Mason County Central) added fuel to the rally against the nation's No. 2 scoring defense.
Trine — seeking to avenge a 57-46 home loss to Hope on January 3 — held off the Flying Dutch with a layup from guard Brandi Dawson and two free throws from forward Hayley Martin.
Dawson led all scorers with 25 points on 80-percent shooting from the field (12-of-15). She eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career.
Martin added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Eleven first-half points from Martin and nine from Dawson staked Trine to a 28-14 halftime lead. It was the fewest points Hope had ever scored in a half at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The Flying Dutch shot 18.5 percent from the field (5-27) during the first and second quarters.
"As the head coach, I've got to accept a huge part of the responsibility of this loss," Morehouse said. "We weren't ready to play. You score 14 points in a half, that's preparation and I've got to own that as the head coach. I'm trying to direct a group of 18-22 year-olds and today I didn't do a very good job of it."