Saturday women: Hope rises, Drew surprises

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Hope celebrates its win
Hope celebrated its victory, in front of 2,612 fans.
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No. 3 Hope defeated archrival Calvin to stay on the list of undefeated teams while Drew removed No. 17 Juniata from that list with a fourth-quarter rally.

Hope stayed in front of the pack in the MIAA and took a two-game lead on its archrival Calvin as the Flying Dutch held off the Knights 58-51 in Holland, Michigan. With the game tied at 43 late in the third quarter, Hope scored the final basket of that period and the first five points of the fourth quarter to give itself some breathing room. Bre Luurtsema hit a jump shot with three minutes left to pull the Knights within three at 54-51 and Calvin had multiple chances to get closer until Francesca Buchanan made a layup to push Hope's lead to 56-51 with 63 seconds left. The teams exchanged misses and Hope's Lauren Newman made two free throws with six seconds left to put the game away.

Hope (16-0, 7-0) remains one game in front of Trine whom the Flying Dutch beat on the road earlier this season. No. 11 Trine cruised past St. Mary's (Ind.) 51-31 on Saturday afternoon.

The Mid-Atlantic region produced two upsets, starting with Drew's 46-44 win at home over previously unbeaten and 17th ranked Juniata. The Rangers held Juniata to one made field goal in the fourth quarter and took the lead on Moe Davis Campbell's layup with less than a minute to play. With wins this week of Moravian and Juniata, the Rangers (11-4, 3-1) sit in a three-way tie for first with Juniata and No. 18 Scranton, which handled Goucher 66-44.

Albright beat No. 19 Messiah 64-53 to pull even with the Falcons in the MAC Commonwealth standings. Versatile wing Alysha Lofton tallied 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks for the Lions (11-5, 6-1). Albright outscored Messiah 40-22 in the paint.

No. 5 Thomas More cleared what may have been the last major hurdle on its way to another undefeated conference season. The Saints defeated Washington and Jefferson 73-57 for its 103rd consecutive win over a PAC opponent and took over sole possession of first place in the conference. Thomas More (14-1, 8-0) outscored the Presidents 36-12 in the paint. Thomas More will host Washington and Jefferson in the regular season finale on Feb. 17.

Eliza Campbell scored 20 points and No. 14 UW-Oshkosh picked up a key road win at UW-River Falls 69-62. The Titans shot 50 percent from three (8-for-16) and outrebounded the Falcons by 10. No. 15 UW-Whitewater pulled away from UW-Stout in the fourth quarter, finishing the game on a 15-4 run to secure a 76-67 victory. 

The top four teams in the CAC battled on Saturday afternoon. No. 13 Christopher Newport built a 20-point lead at York (Pa.) early in the fourth and then withstood a furious Spartans' rally for a 75-72 win. York got as close as 73-72 with eight seconds left before Makenzie Fancher made two free throws to seal the Captains' victory. Regan Lohr scored 21 points to lead Marymount past Mary Washington 57-46, keeping the Saints alone in first.

Bethel extended its winning streak to seven games by beating No. 20 Gustavus Adolphus 66-64. Abby Miller hit three pointers on consecutive possessions to turn a tie game into a six-point Royals lead. Hannah Johnson rolled up 16 points and 16 rebounds for Bethel (10-4, 5-2). Miranda Rice had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Gusties (12-3, 6-2).

Katie Sire scored 24 points and No. 23 Montclair State survived a potential game-tying buzzer beater against TCNJ, 54-51. Vassar shot 53 percent from the field and dealt Rochester Tech its first conference loss in 11 months, 75-70. Rose-Hulman extended its lead on Bluffton in the HCAC race by trouncing the Beavers, 64-40.

Chapman held Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to 25 percent shooting (15-for-59) and the Panthers grabbed first place with a 68-56 home win over the Athenas. Jaryn Fajardo had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Chapman (12-3, 7-0). Jeannette Mosher won her 400th career game at Cortland without much drama as the Red Dragons pounded SUNY Potsdam 83-46. Mosher has 433 career wins including her time at Alfred.

Five players fouled out for Aurora, including four starters, but the Spartans pulled away in the fourth quarter to a 77-62 win vs. Edgewood. Julie Galauner, Alyssa Brems, Meija Rabi, Adriana Ramirez and Bri Hall combined for 73 points -- and 25 fouls. Rabi fouled out with 8:44 remaining in the game. Hall fouled out with 5:08 left, Galauner with 2:53 to go, Ramirez with 2:03 on the clock and Brems when just 10 seconds remained. But despite that, Aurora outscored Edgewood 16-10 down the stretch.