Story by Alan Babbitt and photo by Lynne Powe
With a historic defensive effort, the top-ranked Hope College women's basketball team opened NCAA Division III Tournament play with a 69-18 victory against Grove City College (Pennsylvania) on Friday.
The Flying Dutch shattered team records for points allowed in a game at DeVos Fieldhouse and posts allowed in postseason play.
Hope (28-0 overall) advanced to Saturday's 7 p.m. second-round game against Illinois Wesleyan, a 76-50 winner against Berea College (Kentucky) in Friday's first game.
Against Grove City (25-3), Hope yielded no more than four points in each of the final three quarters.
The Flying Dutch surpassed the previous DeVos Fieldhouse record for points allowed of 28, accomplished twice previously, and points allowed in an NCAA Tournament game of 37.
Offensively, Hope was led by a pair of nine-points efforts: junior forward Jess Moorman of Northville, Michigan (Northville HS) and freshman forward Claire Baguley of Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Central).
Tickets for the second-round game can be purchased in advance. They can be purchased online at any time, in person from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office, or on the phone from 12-3 p.m. by calling (616) 395-7890.
Doors open at DeVos Fieldhouse on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased in person at this time.
Illinois Wesleyan (20-8) defeated Berea (25-4) behind a game-high 26 points from guard Kendall Sosa. Forward Riley Brovelli added a double-double of 15 points and a game-high 13 points for the Titans.
Berea-Illinois Wesleyan boxscore: https://www.d3hoops.com/seasons/women/2019-20/boxscores/20200306_ud2c.xml
Hope Postgame Press Conference