Women's Basketball Tops Alma, Reaches 20-Win Mark For 20th Time In A Row

Jess Moorman wasn't born the last time the Hope College women's basketball team did not win at least 20 games in a single season.

The freshman from Northville, Michigan (Northville HS) helped the Flying Dutch extend an impressive streak on Saturday with a 75-31 win against Alma College at DeVos Fieldhouse.

Saturday marked the 20th consecutive season Hope has reached the 20-win mark — a remarkable run of consistent success that started back in Brian Morehouse's third season as head coach (1998-99).

Moorman, pictured, contributed a career-high 10 points and shared team-high honors against Alma as Hope improved to 20-1 overall and 11-1 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.

Moorman pointed to the Flying Dutch's leaders — past and present players — when asked about Hope's string of 20-win seasons.

"I just think our senior leadership has been so strong. No matter we do, they're always there to support us, and that's a big part of our program," Moorman said. "I'm blessed to be a part of it."

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Moorman did her part as the Flying Dutch scored the game's first 21 points and raced out to a 27-2 lead in the first quarter. She came off the bench to total five points, two blocks and two rebounds during the decisive quarter.

Twelve different players scored for Hope. Juniors Francesca Buchanan of Grant, Michigan (Sparta) and Victoria Swift of LaGrange, Illinois (Lyons Township) each finished with 10 points.

Hope pushed the lead to 47-14 at halftime. The Flying Dutch buried seven of their eight 3-pointers for the game before halftime and shot a 77.8 percent clip for the first two quarters.

Alma (2-19, 1-12 MIAA) was held to 18.9 percent shooting from the field (10-53) and 5.9 percent from 3-point range (1-17).

Morehouse credited his players' focus for their building a run of 20-win seasons.

"I think the thing that leads to sustained success is consistent effort and preparation — every single day," Morehouse said. "We don't worry so much about who we're going to play rather 'How are we going to get better as a team?' I think carries over into games. We don't care if we're playing the No. 1 team in the nation or playing a team that hasn't won many games. We have a singular focus walking into that game. We want to win the game because of how we play not because of how they play."

Winning has continued this season for the Flying Dutch despite a significant turnover in their roster because of graduation.

"I'm really proud of 20 wins for this team because we're so young," Morehouse said. "I think there were a lot of people that thought when we graduated six people last year that maybe we were going to have some rough spots. We have in practice as we've learned and grown. We've managed to grind out games and find ways to win this year despite our youth. I think a lot of that credit goes to our upperclassmen."

Hope's next game is Wednesday, February 7 at Calvin. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

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