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Hope Athletics | January 10, 2014

Hot-shooting Hope beats St. Mary's (Ind.) 93-53

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The second-best shooting performance of the season led No. 2 Hope to a 93-53 win at Saint Mary's (Ind.) on Thursday.

The Flying Dutch shot 52.8 percent from the field as they raised their record to 13-0 overall and 5-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.

"We knocked down a bunch of shots," Hope head coach Brian Morehouse said. "When we make a bunch of shots, everybody feels better, everything looks better. It all seems to flow together."

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee topped Hope with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field in 13 minutes of action.

The Flying Dutch's balanced effort saw their starters combine for 50 points, but eight reserves scored, as well.

Two other starters reached double figures for Hope -- senior guard Megan Kelley with 11 points in 15 minutes and freshman point guard Angelique Gaddy with 10 points in 22 minutes.

Hope finished with 20 assists, matching its second-best output of the season. Senior guard Brittany Berry shared team-high honors with Gaddy as both players collected four assists.

The Flying Dutch also recorded 19 steals -- equaling their second-highest output of the season. Five players had three steals apiece -- Gaddy, Kelley, McAfee, junior guard Melissa LaReau and sophomore guard Autumn Anderson.

Morebouse said his team's transition game was outstanding against Saint Mary's (4-9, 2-2 MIAA).

"I thought our defense created a lot of offense [Thursday night]," Morehouse said. "We were able to play one of our best defensive games of the season. We started creating some easier shots in our offense with steals and runouts."