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Hope College Saturday Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Set DeVos Fieldhouse Record In Win

The Hope women’s basketball team scored a DeVos Fieldhouse record 107 points to remain undefeated on the season Saturday.

Coach Brian Morehouse's Flying Dutch, ranked second this week in NCAA
Division III women's basketball poll, topped the visiting Alma Scots 107-61
in their home debut before 915 DeVos Fieldhouse fans.

Hope improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) race heading into semester exam week.

The previous mark was 103 points recorded three times, first in a
103-67 win over Adrian in February 2006, the second time in a 103-44
win over Kalamazoo in January, 2008 and most recently in a 103-42 win
over Alma in February, 2011. Hope is now 16-3 in games played at DeVos
Fieldhouse.

The Flying Dutch set the tone early jumping ahead 11-0 in the first
three minutes and setting a fieldhouse first-half scoring mark en
route to a 57-30 halftime advantage.

All 14 Hope players scored, 12 had at least one rebound and nine were
credited with an assist. The Flying Dutch scored a season-best nine
3-point baskets.

Senior guard Megan Kelley of Rockford (Rockford HS) scored 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting for Hope, while senior Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS) added 13 points off the bench. 

Senior Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) and Rebekah Llorens of Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central HS) scored 10 points apiece. Sophomore Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) grabbed nine rebounds for Hope.

The Flying Dutch take a week off for semester exams before hosting
their own Post-Exam Jam at DeVos Fieldhouse next Friday and Saturday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutchmen Top Carthage In MIAA/CCIW Challenge

Guard Alex Eidson scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Hope men’s basketball team in an 80-58 win over Carthage (Wis.) on Saturday in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association/College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin Challenge.

The sophomore from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) led three Flying Dutchmen in double figures as Hope improved its record to 2-4 overall. Eidson also collected five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Senior center Nate VanArendonk of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) and freshman forward Harrison Blackledge of Canton, Ohio (Hoover HS) each netted 11 points apiece for Hope. It was a collegiate high for Blackledge.

The Flying Dutchmen outscored Carthage (4-3) by a 44-27 margin during the second half.

Hope’s starting lineup of Blackledge, Eidson, VanArendonk, forward Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) and sophomore point guard Ben Gardner of Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS), combined for 55 points.

Gardner finished with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists. Neil had seven points and four assists.

The Flying Dutchmen recorded a season-high 22 assists.

Hope is now 10-10 record in the history of the MIAA/CCIW Challenge.

MEN’S SWIMMING

Flying Dutchmen Fourth At Wheaton Invitational

Sophomore Jeff Zita of Holland (Holland Christian HS) posted two top-three performances to lead Hope during the Wheaton (Ill.) Invitational this weekend.

The Flying Dutchmen totaled 497.5 points to finish fourth at the five-team, two-day event on Saturday. Washington-St. Louis won with 1,031 points.

Zita finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 5.90 seconds. The time was good for NCAA Division III Championship consideration.

Senior Jake Hunt of Muskegon (Mona Shores HS) took third in the 50 freestyle by clocking a time of 21.54 seconds. He placed fourth in the 100 butterfly by going 51.8.

Freshman Zach Diener of Lake Orion (Lake Orion HS) came in third in the 200 freestyle. He had a time of 1:42.60.

Hope clocked a fourth-place time in the 200 freestyle relay as Hunt, Diener, freshman Ryan Johnson of Milford (International Academy) and senior Andrew Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) went 1:25.53.

The Flying Dutchmen also were fourth in the 400 freestyle relay. Diener, Hunt, Johnson and Larson had a time of 3:07.93.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

Flying Dutch Fifth At Wheaton Invitational

Sophomore Klare Northuis of Holland (Holland HS) won the 50-yard freestyle to lead Hope during the second and final day of Wheaton (Ill.) Invitational.

Hope finished fifth at the five-team event with 437.5 points. Washington-St. Louis won with 1,057 points.

Northuis won the 50 free in 24.77 seconds. She also took fourth in the 100 freestyle in 53.7 seconds.

Sophomore Jorgie Watson of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) came in third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:25.32 and fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.73.

Freshman Molly Meyer of South Bend, Ind. (John Adams HS), placed fourth in the 100 backstroke in 58.86.

The Flying Dutch were fourth in the 200 medley relay, with sophomore sophomore Michelle Hance of Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville HS), Watson, Meyer and freshman Mikayla Freyling of Alto (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) going 1:48.91.