by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's basketball team makes its 19th appearance in the MIAA Tournament title game tonight in Angola, Indiana against host Trine University. The eighth-ranked Flying Dutch are seeking their 15th tournament title overall and second in a row as well as an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The field is announced on Monday at 2:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Hope: 23-3 overall, seeded second
Trine: 24-2, seeded firsst
The Flying Dutch lost both regular-season meetings to the Thunder — falling, 73-61, at DeVos Fieldhouse on January 2 and, 78-72, at the MTI Center on January 26. Francesca Buchanan averaged 18 points per game against Trine, including a season-high of 27 on January 26. Kenedy Schoonveld averaged 16 points per game, including a high of 18 on January 26.
NCAA TOURNAMENT IN MIND
With a win tonight, Hope could clinch its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh in a row. The Flying Dutch advanced to the national quarterfinals last season before losing to Thomas More College (Kentucky).
HOPE'S MIAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Flying Dutch are 51-12 all-time in MIAA Tournament play since the first event was held in 1993. Hope owns an 14-4 record in title games, including a 68-62 victory against Trine at DeVos
Fieldhouse last season.
HOPE-TRINE ALL-TIME HISTORY
This is the 38th Hope-Saint Marh's women's basketball game. The Flying Dutch lead the series, 33-4.
The Flying Dutch are 5-0 against Trine in MIAA Tournament play, including title game victories in 2018 and 2016 (75-58 at DeVos
MTI CENTER RECORD
The Flying Dutch are 2-1 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. Hope beat Saint Mary's in last night's semifinal, 75-36.