by Alan Babbitt
Kenedy Schoonveld ripped down the rebound, pivoted and started heading up court.
Within a few dribbles, the Hope College guard heaved a two-handed pass to a streaking teammate from nearly free-throw line to free-throw line. Lauren Newman, pictured, caught the ball in stride, took one step and made an off-balance layup while being fouled.
The fast-break basket in the closing seconds of the first quarter capped a high-octane start for the second-ranked Flying Dutch, who beat Adrian College 88-50 in their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener on Wednesday.
Hope (4-0 overall, 1-0 MIAA) never looked back after building a 27-15 lead during the opening 10 minutes.
Head coach Brian Morehouse said Hope team has focused on improving its transition game.
"We have a number of players who could handle the ball right now," Morehouse said during his postgame press conference. "Our players are running harder. We have really emphasized in practice this year to do a better job of running harder. I think we are getting what we are emphasizing."
The Flying Dutch outscored Adrian 12-0 in fast-break points.
Newman, a sophomore from Flushing, Michigan (Flushing HS), finished with a team-high 12 points.
Sophomore forward Olivia Voskuil of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) chipped in 11 points.
Senior forward Francesca Buchanan of Grant, Michigan (Sparta) collected nine points and four of Hope's 24 steals. The Flying Dutch benefited from 35 Adrian turnovers.
Sixteen of Hope's 17 players scored during the game. Guard Ashley Morris topped Adrian (4-3, 1-0 MIAA) with 18 points.
The Flying Dutch's next game is Saturday, December 1 at Olivet College. Tipoff is 3 p.m.