by Eva Dean Folkert
By almost keeping its opponent scoreless in the third quarter, as well as by going on a 21-0 run in a 10-minute timeframe over the first and second quarters, the Hope College women's basketball team cruised to a 77-37 win at Kalamazoo College on Wednesday.
Ranked No. 3 in this week's D3hoops.com poll, the Flying Dutch remain undefeated with a 14-0 overall record. They are 5-0 in the MIAA. The Hornets dropped to 2-11 overall, 0-4 in the MIAA.
Hope leads the NCAA Division III in scoring margin, topping opponents by +32.7 points per game this season. The Flying Dutch also lead the nation in scoring defense at 42.5.
On Wednesday, Hope bettered those stats by defeating Kalamazoo by 40 points and holding the Hornets to 37 points.
From the 4:22 mark in the first quarter when Hope led 9-7, to the 5:20 mark in the second quarter when the score became 30-9 in Hope's favor, the Flying Dutch not only reeled off 21 straight points, but they forced Kalamazoo into 13 turnovers. The Hornets committed a total of 42 turnovers for the game as Hope made 38 steals. Sophomore guard Kasey DeSmit of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) led with six steals for the game.
In the third quarter, the Flying Dutch held Kalamazoo to one basket for two points which came with 59 second to go in that stanza.
Hope was especially dominant in the key offensively and defensively on Wednesday. The Flying Dutch scored 52 points in the paint to Kalamazoo's eight, and grabbed 47 rebounds to Kalamazoo's 29.
All 16 players on Hope's roster scored in the game. Guards Kenedy Schoonveld of Zeeland (Holland Christian HS) and Claire Baguley of Ada (Forest Hills Central HS) led with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Junior forward Courteney Barnes of Mokena, Illinois (Lincoln Way-Central) pulled down the most rebounds with six.
Hope has a bye this Saturday. The Flying Dutch return home next Wednesday, January 15 to take on rival Calvin University at DeVos Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m.