by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's basketball team hosts the semifinals and finals of MIAA Tournament on Friday-Saturday, February 28-29 at DeVos Fieldhouse. The winner receives the MIAA's automatic berth to next week's NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Flying Dutch are 50-12 all-time in MIAA Tournament play and have been crowned MIAA Tournament champions 14 times since the format began in 1993.
Friday, February 28
5:30 p.m, Trine 75, Albion 50. Boxscore
7:30 p.m. Hope 76, Calvin 48. Boxscore
Saturday, February 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Friday's winners. Video | Radio WHTC-AM 1450 | Live Stats
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for MIAA staff and faculty. MIAA students get in free with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Hope Ticket Office online for Friday's games and Saturday's game, on the phone or by visiting the Hope Ticket Office at 100 East Eighth Street weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by calling (616) 395-7890. Tickets also will be sold at DeVos Fieldhouse on game days one hour before tipoff. All seats are general admission.
The top-seeded Flying Dutch advanced by winning their 18th MIAA regular-season championship with a 16-0 league record. It was Hope's seventh unbeaten MIAA champion and fifth going 16-0. The Flying Dutch, who received a first-round bye, are ranked second in this week's Women's Basketball Coaches Association and D3hoops.com polls.
Second-seeded Trine University advanced after finishing second in the MIAA standings with a 14-2 league record and claiming a first-round bye.
Third-seeded Albion College advanced with a 71-57 victory at home against sixth-seeded Saint Mary's College on Wednesday. Boxscore
Fourth-seeded Calvin University advanced with a 70-50 victory at home against fifth-seeded Alma College on Wednesday. Boxscore