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Hope College Sports Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Fight Off Olivet, Tighten Grip On MIAA Lead

Guard Brittany Berry scored a season-high 20 points to help the Hope College women’s basketball team defeat Olivet College 70-58 Wednesday in a matchup of nationally ranked Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s teams.

Coach Brian Morehouse’s Flying Dutch improved to 17-0 overall and 9-0 in MIAA play while moving two games up in the loss column on both Olivet and Calvin College.

Hope hosts Calvin (12-5, 7-2 MIAA) on Saturday at 3 p.m. at DeVos Fieldhouse. The Flying Dutch are ranked No. 2 in the USA Today NCAA Division III Coaches poll and No. 4 by d3hoops.com.

Berry topped her previous season high by eight points against Olivet, ranked No. 24 by d3hoops.com. The senior from Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) shot 50 percent from the field (8-of-16) and 3-point range (4-of-8).

The Flying Dutch outscored Olivet 12-6 over the final 2 minutes, 13 seconds to secure the win in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,642.

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) chipped in for Hope her eighth double-double of the season.

The 6-feet McAfee finished with 12 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and a game-high five steals while also guarding 6-4 Olivet center Stefanie Lang — the MIAA’s leading scorer at 20.7 points per game. Lang finished with 16 points.

The Flying Dutch also had two other players score in double figures.

Senior guard Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS) netted 12 points off the bench for Hope, while senior guard Megan Kelley of Rockford (Rockford HS) totaled 11 points.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutchmen Defeat Adrian 82-56 In MIAA Play

Guards Alex Eidson and Corey McMahon combined for 30 points to lead the Hope College men’s basketball team in an 82-56 home win vs. Adrian College on Wednesday.

The Flying Dutchmen improved to 11-6 overall and 5-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Hope is in second place in the league standings — one-half game behind Calvin, which knocked Albion out of the MIAA lead with a 68-49 win at Albion.

Eidson posted a team-high 16 points. The sophomore from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) buried a team-best three 3-pointers, sharing the team-high with McMahon.

McMahon, a junior from Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS), chipped in 14 points off the bench.

A balanced effort in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 2,178 featured points from 13 different players, including sophomore guard Ben Gardner of Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS), with nine points.

Hope surpassed its top defensive effort of the season with 56 points allowed. The previous best came during an 80-58 win over Carthage (Wis.) on Dec. 7.

Coach Matt Neil On Hoopsville Broadcast Tonight

Hope College men’s basketball coach Matt Neil will appear on a special edition of Hoopsville, the Internet show dedicated to NCAA Division III basketball.

Neil will be interviewed on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. You can match the show at d3hoops.com/hoopsville.

Hoopsville is doing a day-long marathon from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to celebrate Division III basketball. The broadcast is being held in a conjunction with a fundraising effort to help the show.

Now in its 11th season, Hoopsville is looking to raise around $10,000 to help with gear and equipment that needs to be replaced. In addition, the show is looking to try to upgrade the experience for the fans, including better cameras, a better streaming partner and a studio overhaul to allow better productions.

“We will have guests on from around the country and schools we may not normally talk with,” Hoopsville host Dave McHugh said. “We will also hear from those who care passionately about Division III basketball and those who may have moved up in their careers, but have strong roots in Division III.”

VOLLEYBALL

Flying Dutch Rank Among National Leaders For 2013 Season

The Hope College volleyball team finished the 2013 season among the NCAA Division III elite in several statistical categories.

Coach Becky Schmidt’s Flying Dutch will be honored during tonight’s women’s and men’s varsity basketball doubleheader at DeVos Fieldhouse. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

Hope tied for second in the nation with 13.09 assists per set.

As a team, the Flying Dutch also ranked fourth in kills per set at 13.96 and fourth in hitting percentage at .269.

Individually, sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) ended 10th in the Division III at 10.8 assists per set.

Junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) ranked 17th in points per set at 4.77 and 25th in kills per set at 4.01.

Hope finished the 2013 season with a 32-3 record and became national quarterfinalists in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament for the second time in school history.

The Flying Dutch won their 12th Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season championship after tying Calvin for first place with a 15-1 league record.