Women's Basketball Downs Calvin in The Rivalry's 125th Game, Remains Unbeaten

Courteney Barnes poses for a portrait. Jessica Moorman poses for a portrait. by Alan Babbitt

Jess Moorman and Courteney Barnes heeded the call when the Hope College women's basketball team needed to use them differently.

The 125th game in The Rivalry went to the third-ranked and unbeaten Flying Dutch because of how well the two responded off the bench.

Playing at the 4 spot, Moorman and Barnes sparked Hope to a 74-50 victory against Calvin University by leading five Flying Dutch who scored in double figures. Moorman, pictured at left, netted a career-high 14 points. Barnes, pictured at right, finished with 13, her most against the Knights.

Hope improved to 15-0 overall and 6-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play after ending Calvin's four-game win streak and sweeping the regular-season series for the third consecutive season.

"Jess and Barney were difference makers in tonight's game," head coach Brian Morehouse said.

Moorman got the call the first. The junior from Northville, Michigan (Northville HS) entered 1 ½ minutes into the game after the Flying Dutch struggled with Calvin's four-guard attack and fell behind 6-2.

By the time the first half ended, Moorman scored nine points on 80 percent shooting from the field (4-of-5) and grabbed two rebounds. Seven of her points came during the second quarter as Hope outscored the Knights 23-8 for a 40-22 halftime lead.

Barnes became a force as well. The junior from Mokena, Illinois (Lincoln Way Central) hit all four of her first-half shots for eight points at the break. 

Moorman usually is a wing player, while Barnes usually is in the middle as a 5.

"We put (Jess) at the 4 because Stephanie Coors is a really difficult matchup for us in that 4 spot. I thought (Jess) really sparked us to be able to handle their penetration (on defense) and gave us some weak-side cutting (on offense) when they started to double team people. It always helps when Jess is making shots, moving. She's the energizer bunny for our team.

Barnes excelled at attacking the basket, particularly when she was guarded by Calvin's top post player and the MIAA's third-leading scorer in Gabby Timmer, who picked up two early fouls.

"She's a really smart kid. Her dad coaches. She gets the game of basketball," Morehouse said of Barnes. "When she went in, she knew exactly how many fouls Gabby Timmer had. She was hunting for the next one. She was driving. She was not going to get blocked. She said I'm going to score the ball and get body contact. She was going to make the referees no-call it and make it, or we're going to get another foul on No. 24. Her aggressiveness sparked us as well.

"We haven't played (Courteney) at the 4 all year long. She practiced one day at the 4. That was yesterday. I worked great. We got her some mismatches."

Starting center Olivia Voskuil of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) chipped in 11 points for Hope. Guards Sydney Muller of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Grand Rapids Christian) and Kenedy Schoonveld of Zeeland, Michigan (Holland Christian) added 10 points apiece.

The Flying Dutch shot 48.3 percent from the field (28-58) — their second-highest performance against an MIAA opponent this season.

Defensively, Hope limited Calvin to 30.3 percent field-goal shooting (20-66), including 20.7 percent from 3-point range (6-29).

Coors netted a team-leading 12 points for the Knights, who fell to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in MIAA play.

Wednesday marked just the third time an opponent had reached the 50-point mark against Hope. The Flying Dutch entered the game No. 1 in scoring defense at 42.1 points per game.

The win was Hope's 20th in The Rivalry in the past 30 games. Calvin leads the all-time series, 71-54.

The Flying Dutch's next game is Saturday, January 18 at Saint Mary's College. Tipoff is 3 p.m. 

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