Courtesy of Hope Athletics

The undefeated Flying Dutch prevailed a showdown of nationally-ranked teams Wednesday by edging defending NCAA Division III national champion Washington-St. Louis 49-47 at the Ohio Wesleyan Bishop Classic. The highly anticipated game featured a rematch of last year's national championship contest won by Wash-U. Coach Brian Morehouse's Dutch improved to 10-0 and will face host Ohio Wesleyan in Thursday's title game. The host Bishops won Wednesday's other game 83-62 over Bluffton.

The Flying Dutch led by seven points, 30-23, at halftime, but Washington came back to tie the score 35-all midway through the second half. The teams were tied three more times, the last at 45-all with 3:51 to play. Laureen Geers made two free throws at 2:56 and Liz Ellis scored on a layup with 50 seconds left to put the Dutch ahead by four points. Washington cut the lead to two points with 35 seconds remaining and had a chance to tie the score at :02, but the jumper was missed.

Senior Carrie Snikkers had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, including 11 off the defensive board. Hope's outstanding defense limited Washington to 32% shooting, including just 1-for-11 from 3-point range.