holland — hope women’s basketball junior lauren newman said this year’s team is much different than last year’s squad.
take one look at the flying dutch, and it shows.
“this team is not the same as it was last year,” newman said. “not in the sense, completely, like who's on the team, but the mentality of last year — we struggled with giving up and putting our heads down when things got tough.
红包扫雷源码免费下载“i think this team has the grit that last year didn't and i think we want it really bad, and you can see that when we play.”
红包扫雷源码免费下载no. 2-ranked hope defeated no. 23 trine 59-52 on saturday at a packed devos fieldhouse, clinching a 25-0 (16-0 michigan intercollegiate athletic association) regular season and an outright miaa championship. they finish as only the second undefeated team in the country with no. 1-ranked tufts university, who also finished 25-0.
“it's super exciting,” hope junior kenedy schoonveld said. “a little overwhelming right now, but it's awesome. we talked in the locker room about just feelings that we had last year coming off with a tough end of season, didn't win the league, and so we're just super pumped to win it today and keep moving forward.
“it's so cool — you can just feel the energy in here. the sound is so loud and you can just physically feel it — so awesome.”
the flying dutch will host the miaa tournament now, with the first games happening on wednesday. hope has a bye and will play in the semifinals on friday.
红包扫雷源码免费下载“the miaa championship that we won on wednesday was great, but i want to stay home because i want to play in front of 3,000 people,” hope coach brian morehouse said. “so i think that's really the big thing for me is you want to win because it's not a coin toss, it's not strength of schedule, it's not the regional rankings — it comes down to whoever wins the last game with our new tiebreaker, so that was an important win for us to be able to stay home and not have to get on a bus, not being in a hotel.”
红包扫雷源码免费下载the teams stayed within one possession of each other in the first half, with five lead changes and four ties. trine (20-5, 14-2 miaa) held a 26-25 advantage going into the third quarter.
it was more of the same in the third, as both teams were tied 41-41 with 1:54 remaining in the quarter — until hope guard kasey desmit got a tough layup to go.
then, schoonveld drilled a 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining, giving hope a 46-41 edge it would take into the fourth quarter.
红包扫雷源码免费下载with 4:31 remaining in the game, and after both teams struggled to score in the quarter, the basketball found the hands of hope freshman claire baguley. baguley stepped up and drilled a 3 to give hope its largest lead of the game, 52-44.
“i saw the shot was open, took it — i knew i had to make it — and it went in,” baguley said. “it felt good.”
baguley got a steal on the other end and then later, with 3:01 to play, newman sunk a 3 to make it 55-44.
“i try not to get in my head as much in the game,” newman said. “i found that when i get in my head, i miss shots. i think claire’s 3, other people's layups, free throws — i think that built my hype-ness and my confidence that my teammates just scoring, i can score, so when i got the ball, i just threw it up there and i was confident about it.”
红包扫雷源码免费下载morehouse was pleased to see baguley and newman have some redemption.
“you know, for a while there, baguley hadn't hit a thing for like two and a half months and she started getting in the gym a little bit more,” he said. “i think the story for both of them is getting in the gym more and outside of practice time, honing their shots, building their confidence. their shots were never bad, it just was a matter of getting into the gym and getting more of them up so that they were more confident when they got the opportunity.”
红包扫雷源码免费下载trine was able to get it back to 55-49, but clutch free throws from newman and schoonveld iced the game and sealed the undefeated, conference championship season.
红包扫雷源码免费下载schoonveld led hope with 14 points, 10 of which came in the second half.
“i have some pretty mentally-tough teammates,” schoonveld said. “and they locked it down on defense. they were composed on offense, got big buckets when we needed them, so i just credit my teammates. mental toughness was huge in the second half.”
newman added 10 points. courteney barnes had eight rebounds. desmit had three assists and three steals. olivia voskuil had three blocks.
红包扫雷源码免费下载“i'm just really excited for this team and this program,” newman said. “i think the main thing is, this is something we've been working toward since last march when we ended our season a way we didn't plan on ending it. so i think we are really just focused on taking this in, acknowledging the success we had today, and then come monday, get back at it for the tournament.”
— contact assistant sports editor beau troutman at firstname.lastname@example.org. follow him on twitter @bvtroutman.
Check out photos from Hope's regular season-ending win over Trine today.