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.
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.