Women's Basketball Beats Saint Mary's, Clinches 21st Consecutive 20-Win Season

Mallory Gerber poses for a portrait by Alan Babbitt

Forward Mallory Gerber came off the bench to lead a balanced scoring effort for the eighth-ranked Hope College women's basketball team in a 73-37 win at Saint Mary's College on Saturday.

The sophomore from Schaumburg, Illinois (Schaumburg HS) scored a team-high 10 points off the bench for the Flying Dutch.

Hope reached the 20-win mark for the 21st consecutive season by improving to 20-3 overall and 12-2 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.

Gerber, pictured, scored eight points during a 24-point second quarter that gave the Flying Dutch a 40-15 halftime lead.

A total of 13 different Hope players scored against 10-13 Saint Mary's, which is tied for fourth place in the MIAA standings with a 7-7 league record.

Guard Kenedy Schoonveld of Zeeland, Michigan (Holland Christian) chipped in nine points.

Guard Lauren Newman of Flushing, Michigan (Flushing) and forward Olivia Voskuil of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) added eight points apiece

Forward Ashleigh Thomas of Shelby Township, Michigan (Lutheran North) recorded a team-high six rebounds to go along with six points.

Defensively, Hope held an opponent under 40 points for the sixth time this season.

The Flying Dutch limited Saint Mary's (10-13) to 26.0 percent field goal shooting (13-50)  and forced the Belles into 22 turnovers.

Hope's next game is Wednesday, February 13 at Adrian College. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

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