HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Hope’s women’s basketball team passed its final test to complete an undefeated regular season, defeating Trine 59-52 Saturday afternoon at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Kennedy Schoonveld and Lauren Newman paced the Flying Dutch with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Hope trailed at halftime 26-25 before finishing strong in the second half to earn the victory.
The last time Hope went undefeated in the regular season was the 2013-14 season.
It’s the fourth time they’ve finished a regular season undefeated under Head Coach Brian Morehouse
“Undefeated season is just the accumulation of a lot of great work,” Morehouse said. “I give this team great credit. Last year was tough. We lost the league championship. We wanted to return it back to Holland and it’s been their mission since last March.”
Kenedy Schoonveld, a junior at Hope, called the achievement “kind of overwhelming.”
“In the locker room, we talked a lot about how it didn’t end the way we wanted it to. We didn’t win the league. It’s really exciting for us heading into the postseason,” she said.
Claire Baguley, a Hope freshman, called the victory “awesome.”
“I love this team. We all work so hard. We put in so much work. I’m so grateful that it paid off and each game at a time we managed to get the win,” Baguley said.
Hope will have a first-round bye before beginning postseason play with the MIAA Tournament this week.