Nationally No. 4-Ranked Hope Pulls Away From Host Adrian in the Second Half for 73-53 Win

Nationally No. 4-Ranked Hope Pulls Away From Host Adrian in the Second Half for 73-53 Win

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College gave NCAA Division III fourth-ranked Hope College all it could handle on Saturday afternoon, but the visiting Flying Dutch used a 22-8 run in the third quarter to turn a close game into a 73-53 win at the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center.

The Bulldogs fall to 9-10 on the season and 6-5 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's basketball standings, while the Flying Dutch cruise to 19-0 overall and 11-0 in the MIAA.

Adrian junior Marissa Cotton tied for game-high scoring honors with 13 points and dished a game-best five assists, and sophomore Mariah Jackson pumped in 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Cotton tied senior co-captain Amber McCullough (2 points, 2 steals, 2 assists) and junior Kennedy Kunce for the team lead with five rebounds.

Maura McAfee led Hope with a double-double of 13 points and game-best 17 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots. Elizabeth Perkins added 13 points, including 9-for-11 from the free throw line, and Francesca Buchanan chipped in 11 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Hope darted to a 23-9 lead after 10 minutes, but Adrian clawed back within 33-27 at the halftime break. Freshman Ashley Morris scored six of her eight points in the second quarter for the Bulldogs, who outscored the Flying Dutch 18 to 10.

But Hope used a 16-0 run to start the second half to up its lead comfortably at the 3:12 mark remaining in the third quarter. The Flying Dutch maintained a large double-digit lead for the fourth.

Adrian shot 32.4 percent (22-68) from the field compared to a .442 percentage (23-52) by the Flying Dutch, who scored 21 points off 15 Bulldog turnovers.

The Bulldogs will be idle until next Saturday (1 p.m.) when they travel to Kalamazoo for another MIAA match-up, this time against the Hornets.