Top-10 Ranked Hope College Too Much for Women's Basketball, 84-49

Senior Star Harris led Adrian with 11 points off the bench in Saturday's 84-49 loss to nationally-ranked Hope College. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Star Harris led Adrian with 11 points off the bench in Saturday's 84-49 loss to nationally-ranked Hope College. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College couldn't fend off a fast start by the nationally-ranked Hope College women's basketball team in an 84-49 loss Saturday at the hands of the visiting Flying Dutch in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association encounter.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Hope College 84, Adrian College 49

Location: Merillat Sport & Fitness Center; Adrian, Mich.

Records: Hope Flying Dutch 5-0 overall, 2-0 MIAA; Adrian Bulldogs 2-3 overall, 1-1 MIAA 

National Rankings: Hope College is No. 4 by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and No. 7 in the D3hoops.com poll.

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Starnisha Harris came off the bench to score an Adrian-high 11 points and sophomore Shannon Garvey added 10. The former added three assists.

= Garvey led Adrian with six rebounds.

= Sophomore Alivia Kondrath chipped in a career-high eight points in just 10 minutes off the bench.

THE OPPOSITION
= Kenedy Schoonveld scored a game-high 14 points as she was perfect from the floor: 4-of-4 from the field, 2-for-2 from three-point land and 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

= Francesca Buchanan posted a double-double of 12 points and a game-best 11 rebounds.

= Lauren Newman and Celina King matched Harris for game-high honors with three assists apiece.

= Jess Moorman contributed three steals and nine points.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Hope raced out to a 25-7 lead after the first quarter, leading buzzer-to-buzzer.

= Sophomore Aly Kubik (8 points, 4 rebounds) tied the game 2-2 for Adrian, but then the Flying Dutch opened the game up with a 16-1 run over a span of almost seven minutes. Hope used a balanced offense with seven different scorers making baskets as the visitors took a commanding 18-3 lead at the 2:37 mark.

= The Flying Dutch shot 46.8 percent from the field (29-62) while holding the Bulldogs to 33.9 (20-59). The visitors, who are the top shooting three-point team in the MIAA, proved that today by making 11 of 24 treys for a 45.8 clip. Adrian, which came in leading the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense, shot only 3-for-17 from the perimeter.

= Adrian's 14 turnovers resulted in an 18-6 points off turnovers disadvantage. 

= Hope's depth proved beneficial, outscoring Adrian 40 to 23.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Hope has won 42 straight meetings and now lead the all-time series over Adrian, 66-32.

= Garvey leads the Bulldogs in season scoring at 14.2 points per game, which is good for seventh place in the MIAA.

= The Flying Dutch become the seventh women's basketball team in NCAA history to record 800 victories.

UP NEXT
= Adrian hosts fellow MIAA member St. Mary's (Ind.) next Saturday and non-conference foe Finlandia a day later. Both contests are scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m.

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