by Kirstin Anderson
Teamwork and team depth continue to pay off for the second-ranked Hope College women's basketball team.
The Flying Dutch got everyone involved and received points from 12 different players during an 86-48 victory at Olivet College on Saturday.
Hope won its first road game of the season to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.
Head coach Brian Morehouse considers the strength of the Hope roster a testament to the team's practice mentality and inter-squad mentorship.
"We're confident in every player, number one through seventeen," he said. "It comes with experience — not just in games but in practice. Mentorship is huge for our younger players."
Forward Francesca Buchanan sets a good example.
The senior from Grant, Michigan (Sparta HS) recorded her second double-double of the season on Saturday with a game-high 19 points and 19 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Buchanan, pictured, matched her career-high in rebounds from a November 29, 2017 victory against Olivet at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Another standout for the Flying Dutch was point guard Lauren Newman. The sophomore from Flushing, Michigan (Flushing) contributed 14 points, three assists, and three rebounds in 20 minutes of play.
Seven of Newman's points on 3-of-3 field-goal shooting came during a 21-7 second quarter that propelled Hope to a 37-18 halftime lead.
Sophomore guard Kenedy Schoonveld of Zeeland, Michigan (Holland Christian) chipped in 12 points.
Freshman guard Kasey DeSmit of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) led Hope's contributions from the bench with a career-high nine points in eight minutes of action
The Flying Dutch have posted an average margin of victory of 39.2 points during their season-opening win streak.
Hope's next game is Saturday, December 8 at DeVos Fieldhouse against Albion College. Tipoff is 3 p.m.