Women's Basketball Hangs Tough with Nationally No. 7-Ranked Hope College, 67-55

Women's Basketball Hangs Tough with Nationally No. 7-Ranked Hope College, 67-55

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College women's basketball team had three scorers in double figures, and held Hope College to its third-lowest offensive output of the season, but it wasn't enough in a 67-55 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association loss to the nationally-ranked Flying Dutch on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Hope 67, Adrian 55

Location: Adrian, Mich.; Merillat Sport & Fitness Center

Records: Hope Flying Dutch 17-1 overall, 9-0 MIAA ; Adrian Bulldogs 9-8 overall, 4-5 MIAA

National Rankings: Hope No. 7 in both D3hoops.com and Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III polls.

TOP 'DAWGS
= Freshman Shannon Garvey scored a team-high 15 points on 6-for-9 field goal shooting, including two 3-pointers. She also set a career high with seven rebounds to tie for the team lead.

= Freshman Sadia Johnson chipped in 11 points.

= Sophomore Ashley Morris scored 10 points before fouling out. 

= Senior Paige Machnacki (5 points) came off the bench to tie Garvey with seven rebounds.

THE OPPOSITION
Francesca Buchanan made 9 of 16 from the field for a game-high 20 points in just 26 minutes of action and she pulled down six rebounds.

Madison Geers was the only other Flying Dutch with double figures with 12 points.

Mandy Traversa (9 points) led all student-athletes with 13 rebounds and posted two blocked shots.

= Angelique Gaddy (7 points) had game highs of 10 assists and three steals to go along with four rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Hope held Adrian to a .349 (22-63) field goal percentage, and never trailed in the contest.

= The Flying Dutch used their size in the paint where they outscored the Bulldogs, 32-20.

= Hope also won the glass, outrebounding Adrian by a 44 to 35 count.

= The Flying Dutch darted to a 10-2 advantage and led 16-8 after the first quarter.

= After a Geers 3ball to make it 24-8 Hope early in the second quarter, Adrian went on an 11-5 run to get within 10 points, 29-19. The visitors led 31-19 going into the intermission.

= In the third quarter, Hope built a 39-26 lead before Adrian mounted a huge comeback to get within six, 39-33, after a Machnacki drained a three-pointer from the right wing with 3 minutes and 12 seconds to go. Johnson and Garvey also had buckets during the 7-0 run.

= The Flying Dutch, however, responded with an 11-2 run to go up 50-35 after three quarters. Geers and Traversa sparked it with four points each.

= In the fourth, Adrian was unable to get the deficit under single-digits and Hope had a lead as much as 17 points with 3:17 remaining.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Flying Dutch own a 41-game winning streak over the Bulldogs, dating back to the 1997-98 season. Hope leads the all-time series, 65-32, that began in 1961, 

= Johnson leads Adrian with a 15.0 scoring average.

= Hope's top-three low-scoring games are a 56-50 win vs Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Dec. 17), 66-52 victory at Alma (Dec. 10) and 67 points to Adrian today as well as a 78-67 loss to St. Thomas-Minn. (Dec. 29).

= With two steals today, Brigitte Zavithsanos takes over the Bulldogs lead with 33. Junior college transfer Starnisha Harris has 32.

UP NEXT
= Adrian concludes its three-game homestand versus MIAA foes on Wednesday (6 p.m.) against Kalamazoo College. Video Live stats

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