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Hope College Saturday Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Hope Claims RDV Sportsplex Title In Overtime

Guard Megan Kelley’s career-high 25 points helped the Flying Dutch outlast Wisconsin-La Crosse 75-70 in overtime in the championship game of the RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

Nationally ranked Hope improved to 11-0 overall by outscoring Wisconsin-La Crosse by an 11-6 margin during the five-minute overtime period.

Wisconsin-La Crosse forced overtime by hitting a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in regulation.

“We beat a very good team today,” Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. “We really showed a lot of grit doing that. I’m really proud of our team bonding together. Our bench was unbelievably into the game. It’s a huge credit to all 16 players. It was truly a team effort.”

Kelley was named Tournament MVP. The senior from Rockford (Rockford HS) went 10-of-12 from the foul line for the Flying Dutch. She also grabbed seven rebounds, including six on the offensive end.

“Megan played awesome,” Morehouse said. “She made huge pressure free throws. She just showed tremendous confidence and composure on her part.”

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) also represented Hope on the all-tournament team. McAfee added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Hope. Thirteen of the points came after halftime.

Senior guard Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) chipped in 11 points for Hope, including three 3-pointers.

Junior forward Rebekah Llorens of Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central HS), Hope’s second-leading scorer, left the game after suffering an injury late in the first half and did not return.

All-tournament selection Rachel Atchison led La Crosse (6-5) with 17 points off the bench. Teammate Marina Kneeland also made the all-tournament team after scoring 12 points.

In the consolation game, Eastern, Pa., beat Mount Aloysius, Pa., 68-42.

Eastern’s Meghan Nowak topped all scorers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. All-tournament selection Kaitlyn Dougherty added 18 points and four assists for Eastern (5-5).

Mount Aloysius (3-4) received 11 points from Abbie Zinobile and 10 from all-tournament selection Becky Bard.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Hope Falls In Title Game Of Holland Sentinel/Russ DeVette Tourney

The Hope men’s basketball team dropped the title game of its Holland Sentinel /Russ DeVette Tournament to third-ranked Illinois Wesleyan 91-83 on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Ben Gardner of Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS), matched his season-high with 21 points for Hope (3-5).

Gardner made the all-tournament team along with sophomore guard Alex Eidson of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS), who chipped a season-high 18 points.

The Titans were the fourth NCAA Division III ranked team the Flying Dutchmen have played this season.

“We’re not happy with losing a game,” Hope coach Matt Neil said, “but we’re so much better than we were yesterday. We’re better than we were last week.

“This (tough schedule) is going to really help us when we go down to Thomas More (Ky., on Dec. 30-31). We play two very good teams down there, then Edgewood (Wis. on Jan. 4 at DeVos Fieldhouse). Then we start league play. I really believe this (schedule) is getting us ready or what’s going to come.”

Senior forward Caleb Byers of Allegan (Allegan HS) added 16 points off the bench for Hope (3-5 overall).

Byers said he is seeing progress since the Flying Dutchmen opened the season with two games against ranked teams.

“I think we’re starting to play together a lot more,” Byers said. “We’re making the extra pass, pass up a good shot for a great shot. We’re playing better together on defense. We’re getting there.”

Illinois Wesleyan (9-1) outscored Hope 46-38 during the second half.

Tournament MVP Andrew Ziemnik scored 21 points and collected a game-high 11 rebounds to lead Illinois Wesleyan.

Andrew Davis, one of five Illinois Wesleyan players to score in double figures with 14 points, also made the all-tournament team.

In the consolation game, Wilmington, Ohio, defeated Lake Forest, Ill., 83-60.

All-tournament selection Malcolm Heard II of Wilmington (5-4) led all scorers with 24 points. The Quakers outscored Lake Forest (3-7) by a 45-30 margin during the second half.

Lake Forest received a team-high 14 points off the bench from all-tournament selection Brian Madson.