The nationally ranked Hope College women's basketball team moved within one game of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title by winning at Adrian College 83-73 on Saturday.
The Flying Dutch improved to 21-0 overall and 13-0 in MIAA play. Hope can clinch at least a share of its 14th league championship on Wednesday when it hosts Saint Mary's College on National Girls & Women In Sports Day.
Sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) led the Flying Dutch with her 10th double-double of the season. She matched her career-high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. She also collected four steals.
Senior guard Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) chipped in 16 points. She made all five of her 3-point attempts.
Senior guard Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS), added 15 points off the bench, including a 9-of-10 effort from the foul line.
Hope grabbed a 42-35 halftime lead by outscoring Adrian 12-3 over the final 5:05 of the first half.
The Flying Dutch are ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Sports NCAA Division III Coaches Poll and No. 4 by d3hoops.com.
"Adrian always plays us very, very tough at their place," Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. "It was a gutsy road win. Maura carried us in the first half. Brittany and Anna played well. It goes deep. I thought a number of players played well of our bench.
"We don't necessarily have individual efforts. It was a good team win."