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Flying Dutch To Host RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic This Weekend

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch To Host RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic This Weekend

The nationally ranked and unbeaten Hope women’s basketball team is hosting its fourth RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic this weekend in Orlando, Fla.

The two-day, four-team event at the practice home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic tips off Friday and features the second-ranked Flying Dutch, Eastern, Pa., University, Mount Aloysius, Pa., College and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Hope is seeking its fourth RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic title. The Flying Dutch previously won in 2011, 2008 and 2005, going a combined 6-0.

Click here for a link to the history of the RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic.

Here is a glance at each of the participating teams.

HOPE

The Flying Dutch are off to a 9-0 this season. They are ranked second in the USA Today Sports NCAA Division III Coaches Poll and fifth by d3hoops.com.

Hope is fourth in the nation in scoring offense at 91.0 points per game and third in scoring margin at plus-29.1 points per game. Sophomore forward Maura McAfee leads the Flying Dutch at 14.8 points per game. Two teammates also score in double figures — junior forward Rebekah Llorens at 13.6 and senior guard Megan Kelley at 10.1.

Click here to read more about Hope.

http://athletics.hope.edu/sports/wbkb/index

EASTERN

The Eagles (4-4) enter the tournament on a two-game win streak. They are averaging 63.6 points per game while giving up 66.9.

Junior forward Meghan Nowak tops Eastern at 17.1 points per game. The Eagles are members of the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Click here to read more about Eastern.

http://www.goeasterneagles.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=18&Itemid=18

MOUNT ALOYSIUS

The Mounties, from the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, are 3-2 on the season but looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

Mount Aloysius is scoring 76.0 points per game while allowing 55.8. The Mounties feature two double-digit scorers — sophomore guard Becky Bard at 14.5 and senior guard Lindsy Sammarco at 11.5.

Click here to read more about Mount Aloysius.

http://mountieathletics.com/roster.aspx?path=wbball

WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

The Eagles, from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association, carry a 5-4 record into the tournament. In their last game, they lost to Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Dec. 11.

Wisconsin-La Crosse is scoring 60.7 points per game this season while yielding 53.7. Senior forward Mallory Cramer tops the Eagles at 12.4 points per game, while freshman guar Rachel Atchison is their other double-digit scorer at 10.2.

Click here to read more about Wisconsin-La Crosse.

http://www.uwlathletics.com/index.aspx?path=wbball