by Eva Dean Folkert
As the Hope College women's basketball team keeps hitting the mark offensively, the Flying Dutch defense is not allowing their opponents to do the same.
For the fifth game in a row, Hope limited a non-conference opponent to less than 50 points while shooting well from the floor themselves, downing Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), 80-43, at the Mount Union Tournament in Alliance, Ohio on Friday.
The nationally-ranked Flying Dutch remain undefeated with a 5-0 record. CWRU falls to 1-5.
Once again, the fast-attacking Flying Dutch got off to a decisive start, leading 10-0 after four-and-a-half minutes of play when junior Ashleigh Thomas made a layup. Layup-making, it turns out, was a common occurrence for Hope in the game. The Flying Dutch connected on 46 points in the paint to the Spartan's six for the game.
While their efficient offense was working well (47.8% from the floor, 38.1% from the three-point arc, 100% from the free throw line), the Flying Dutch defense was forcing the Spartans into 23 turnovers, 13 of them coming on steals. Hope also outrebounded CWRU, 42-25. Junior Sydney Muller of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS) topped Hope with five rebounds.
As has been the case in its other four games, Hope spread its offense around well on Friday. Fourteen Hope players scored in the game.
In the first quarter, juniors Olivia Voskuil of Holland and Kenedy Schoonveld of Zeeland, both Holland Christian products, paced the Flying Dutch with six and five points, respectively. In the second and third quarters, junior Courteney Barnes of Mokena, Illinois (Lincoln Way-Central) led the way, tallying 10 points combined in the two stanzas. Finally, in the fourth quarter, freshman Meg Morehouse of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) scored eight of her 10 points while going 2-for-2 from beyond the three-point line.
As Barnes, pictured right, and Morehouse, pictured left, led the Flying Dutch in scoring with their 10 points each, Thomas and Schoonveld each recorded seven points apiece.
Hope had its biggest lead at 40 points, 80-40, with 1:42 to go in the game when sophomore Hannah Smith of Midland (Midland HS) made yet another layup.
The Flying Dutch will take on host Mount Union at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 in the title game of the tournament.