The nationally ranked Hope College women's basketball team rebounded swiftly and decisively — stifling Kalamazoo College for a 64-30 road victory on Wednesday.
The Flying Dutch put together their second-best defensive effort of the season en route to their 19th victory in 20 tries this season.
Hope — ranked sixth in both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and D3hoops.com poll — improved to 10-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play and remained one-half game behind Trine.
The 30 points allowed the second-fewest yielded by the Flying Dutch this season. They gave up 27 to Saint Mary's on January 17.
Hope held Kalamazoo to 19.1 percent shooting from the field (13-68). The Flying Dutch did not give up a 3-pointer in 19 Kalamazoo attempts.
Offensively, junior forward Francesca Buchanan of Grant, Michigan (Sparta HS) scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the first half to lift Hope to a 34-20 halftime lead.
Buchanan, pictured, also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Senior guard Madison Geers of Scottville, Michigan (Mason County Central) chipped in 10 points.
Emily Kozal topped Kalamazoo (7-13, 4-7 MIAA) with 10 points.
The Flying Dutch return to action on Saturday, February 3 when they host Alma at 3 p.m. There will be a free team poster giveaway and autographs with Hope players after the game at DeVos Fieldhouse.