Women's Basketball Surges In Fourth Quarter, Downs Oglethorpe

Arika Tolbert poses for a portrait by Alan Babbitt

Arika Tolbert didn't miss in the fourth quarter for the fifth-ranked Hope College women's basketball team. Francesca Buchanan and Olivia Voskuil barely did as well.

A near-flawless shooting performance down the stretch propelled the Flying Dutch to a 64-46 win at Oglethorpe University on Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shooting 77.8 percent from the field, including 100 percent from 3-point range during the fourth quarter, Hope outscored the Stormy Petrels, 19-7, by taking  only nine shots from the field during the quarter and making seven of them. The effort secured the win and a successful rebound from the Flying Dutch's first loss of the season last Saturday.

Hope improved to 8-1 overall by adjusting to Oglethorpe's defensive changes, head coach Morehouse said.

"In the first half, they went zone and we attacked it well. When they went back to man-to-man, we kept standing," Morehouse said after his team's successful start to Oglethorpe's Quality Suites Holiday Classic. "In the second half, when they went to zone, we moved the ball really well and that led us to executing a whole lot better on offense."

Tolbert, pictured, scored a season-high eight points — all during the fourth quarter. The junior guard from Lathrup Village, Michigan (Detroit Country Day HS) sank all three of her field-goal attempts, including two 3-pointers.

Buchanan netted six of her game-high 19 points and totaled two of her game-high four assists during the final 10 minutes. The senior forward from Grant, Michigan (Sparta) recorded a fourth-quarter shooting percentage of 75 percent (3-4 from the field).

Voskuil chipped in a 3-pointer and two free throw makes down the stretch. The sophomore from Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) finished with 10 points that was just one off of her season-high.

Morehouse was proud of his team responded from Saturday's loss at home to second-ranked Thomas More University (Kentucky), particularly on the home court of an opponent whose only previous loss was to 12th-ranked University of Mary Hardin Baylor.

"They're a really good team. I think they're going to win a lot of games," Morehouse of the Stormy Petrels who are now 8-2. "You're going to have adversity in life. (Basketball) is a great way to learn about adversity and how you respond to it. Do you curl up and get all negative? I said at halftime 'I think we need more positivity.' We responded really well."

Hope concludes Oglethorpe's Quality Suites Holiday Classic on Friday, December 21 at 1 p.m. against Birmingham Southern College (3-7).

In Thursday's Oglethorpe tournament opener, Calvin College defeated Birmingham Southern 65-49. Gabby Timmer had 31 points for the Knights.

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