No. 4 Hope beats rival Calvin
Flying Dutch hit 20-game win mark for 13th consecutive year
The Flying Dutch avenged their only loss of the season routing rival Calvin 70-48 Saturday before a record DeVos Fieldhouse crowd. An estimated 3,433 fans created a standing-room-only environment for the highly anticipated showdown between the nationally ranked teams. Calvin had edged the Flying Dutch by a point, 56-55, a month ago.
The victory puts Hope within half-a-game of frontrunner Calvin. The Knights are 12-1 in league play while Hope is 11-1 with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The victory was Hope's 72nd in-a-row on their home floor and by moving to 20-1 overall the Flying Dutch have now 20-or-more games in a season under coach Brian Morehouse for the 13th consecutive year.
Though Calvin's defense initially frustrated the Flying Dutch, they were able to establish a 14-point lead at halftime, 37-23. Calvin cut the Hope lead to seven points early in the second half, but Hope built it back to double figures and by as many as 26 points.
After being held scoreless in the first game with Calvin, senior Erika Bruinsma bounced back with 14 points on Saturday with a perfect 4-for-4 shooting, 6-for-6 on free throws, three assists and three steals.The Flying Dutch were led in scoring by sophomore Liz Ellis with 16 points. Also in double figures was Carrie Snikkers with 11 points. Calvin committed 34 turnovers as the Flying Dutch were credited with 23 steals.