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Hope Athletics | February 27, 2014

DIII: No. 3 Hope defeats Adrian in MIAA semifinals, led by three starters

HOLLAND, Mich. -- Five Hope players scored in double figures as the Flying Dutch beat Adrian 71-48 on Thursday in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament semifinals.

The top-seeded Flying Dutch advanced to host third-seeded Calvin on Saturday at DeVos Fieldhouse.

Hope, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III coaches poll and No. 2 by d3hoops.com, is 26-0 on the season, while Calvin is 19-7.

"No. 1 thing in tournament time is win and advance," Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. "I think we played well. It was a solid team effort. At different times we had different people carrying us. I'm excited to be moving on to Saturday."

Against Adrian, junior guard Melissa LaReau scored a career-high 14 points off the bench to lead Hope.

Three Flying Dutch starters also reached double figures: senior guard Brittany Berry with 11 points, senior guard Megan Kelley with 10 points and senior guard Anna Kaufmann, with 10 points.

Freshman forward Mandy Traversa added 11 points off the bench.

Berry also chipped in a game-high four assists for Hope, which never trailed.

LaReau passed her previous high of 13 points, which came during a 96-54 win at Kalamazoo on Feb. 5.

 

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