Women's Basketball Preview: MIAA Tournament Semifinal Vs. Saint Mary's

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The Hope College women's basketball team makes its 27th appearance in the MIAA Tournament at 5:30 p.m. today in Angola, Indiana with a semifinal game against Saint Mary's College. The eighth-ranked Flying Dutch are seeking their 19th appearance in the championship game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. at Trine University. Trine and Alma play in tonight's second semifinal. Hope earned a quarterfinal bye, while Saint Mary's advanced with a 58-42 victory at Albion on Tuesday. 

RECORDS

Hope: 22-3 overall, seeded second | Saint Mary's: 11-15 overall, seeded sixth

HOPE-SAINT MARY'S REWIND

The Flying Dutch won both regular-season meetings, defeating the Belles 93-44 on January 17 at DeVos Fieldhouse and 73-37 at Saint Mary's on February 9. Hope used balanced scoring in both games with no member of the Flying Dutch scoring more than 12 points in either game.

HOPE'S MIAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Flying Dutch are 50-12 all-time in MIAA Tournament play since the first event was held in 1993. Hope owns an 18-7 record in semifinal games and gone on to won the MIAA Tournament 14 times.

HOPE-SAINT MARY'S ALL-TIME HISTORY

This is the 63rd Hope-Saint Marh's women's
basketball game. The Flying Dutch lead the series, 56-6, and have won the last 22 meetings. The last time Hope lost to the Belles was in 2009 by a 91-84 margin at Saint Mary's.

HOPE-SAINT MARY'S POSTSEASON

The Flying Dutch are 5-0 against Saint Mary's in MIAA Tournament play. The last meeting
occured in the 2008 semifinals. Hope won, 85-65, at DeVos Fieldhouse.

MTI CENTER RECORD

The Flying Dutch are 1-1 in the short history of Trine's MTI Center. Hope won the first game in the facility, 57-46, on January 3, 2018 behind a team-high 13 points from Madison Geers and a game-high 15 rebounds from Olivia Voskuil. The Flying Dutch dropped the regular-season meeting this season, 78-72, on January 26, 2019 despite 27 points and 10 rebounds from
Francesca Buchanan.

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