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Hope College Sports Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutchmen Avenge Loss To Albion, Win 88-73

The Hope College men’s basketball team defeated Albion College 88-73 on Saturday at DeVos Fieldhouse to avenge its only Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association loss of the season.

The MIAA-leading Flying Dutchmen improved to 15-6 overall and 9-1 in MIAA play.

Sophomore guard Ben Gardner of Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS), netted a game-high 20 points for Hope, which shot 54.4 percent from the field (31-of-57). Gardner also led the Flying Dutchmen with a game-high seven rebounds and five assists.

Four of Gardner’s teammates also reached double figures in scoring.

Sophomore guard Alex Eidson of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) totaled 14 points, including three 3-pointers.

Junior guard Corey McMahon of Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS, scored 13 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers.

Freshman forward Cody Stuive of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) matched his career-high with 10 points in his seventh consecutive start.

Sophomore center Brock Benson also scored 10 points, including a first-half, one-handed slam off a missed 3-pointer with 5 minutes, 5 seconds in the first half.

Albion beat Hope 68-49 on January 15 at Albion.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Win At Adrian 83-73, Stay Unbeaten

The nationally ranked Hope College women’s basketball team moved within one game of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title by winning at Adrian College 83-73 on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch improved to 21-0 overall and 13-0 in MIAA play. Hope can clinch at least a share of its 14th league championship on Wednesday when it hosts Saint Mary’s College on National Girls & Women In Sports Day.

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) led the Flying Dutch with her 10th double-double of the season. She matched her career-high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. She also collected four steals.

Senior guard Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) chipped in 16 points. She made all five of her 3-point attempts.

Senior guard Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS), added 15 points off the bench, including a 9-of-10 effort from the foul line.

Kaufmann stepped in after starting point guard Angelique Gaddy of Caledonia (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) left the game after suffering an injury four minutes into the game.

Hope grabbed a 42-35 halftime lead by outscoring Adrian 12-3 over the final 5:05 of the first half.

The Flying Dutch are ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Sports NCAA Division III Coaches Poll and No. 4 by d3hoops.com.

“Adrian always plays us very, very tough at their place,” Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. “It was a gutsy road win. Maura carried us in the first half. Brittany and Anna played well. It goes deep. I thought a number of players played well of our bench.

“We don’t necessarily have individual efforts. It was a good team win.”

ICE HOCKEY

Hope Downs Aquinas 7-1 In Regular-Season Finale

The Hope College ice hockey team skated past Aquinas College 7-1 on Saturday in the American Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season finale in Grand Rapids.

The Flying Dutchmen (20-3-2-1 overall) finished second in the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference West Division with 22 points on 10 wins, two regulation losses, one overtime loss and one shootout loss.

Hope will face Michigan State in the MCHC playoffs on Friday, February 14 at Southside Ice Arena in Grand Rapids. Opening faceoff is 2:15 p.m.

Winner advances to play against at 12:30 or 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 15.

SCORING SUMMARY

1.  Elliott Digison from Ryan Restum

2.  Jamie Haak from Andrew Dolehanty and Austin Bremer

3.  Caleb Digison from Ryan Restum and Caleb Morgan

4.  Jamie Haak from Justin Glick and Kaleb Skinner

5.  Ryan Restum from Elliott Digison

6.  Ryan Restum from Jared Lehman and Caleb Morgan

7.  Eric Newman from Joe Pappas

Drew Cook stopped 10 or 11 shots