posted March 5, 2008

Hope WBB Game Notes versus Juniata

Hope College Game Notes

NCAA Division III First Round Game
Hope vs. Juniata, Pa. at Berea, Ohio
Friday, March 7, 2008

Flying Dutch Probable Starters
F - 24   Stacy Warsen (5-10 senior from Cutlerville, Mich.)
C - 41   Lindsay Lange (6-12 senior from Manistee, Mich.)
G -- 4    Philana Greene (5-9 sophomore from Grandville, Mich.)
G - 14  Julie Henderson (5-11 senior from Grand Haven, Mich.)
G - 22  Jordyn Boles (5-10 senior from Grand Rapids, Mich.)

The Flying Dutch are appearing in the NCAA Division III championships for the tenth time in school history and the sixth time since 2001. They have opened tournament play at home only four times. Their NCAA tournament record is 15-7, including 7-1 on their home court and 6-8 when played on the road.

Hope has qualified for the NCAA tournament as champion of the Michigan IntercollegiateAthletic Association (MIAA).  An MIAA team has been national champion three times -- Hope in 1990 and 2006 and Alma in 1992.  MIAA teams have a cumulative NCAA record of 40-27.

This will be a first-time meeting between Hope and Juniata.  The teams had one common opponent this season.  Juniata defeated Adrian 63-59 in a holiday tournament game at Juniata.  Hope defeated Adrian twice in conference games, 74-54 (away) and 88-65 (home).  Juniata is appearing in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1986.

This year's team has the added incentive for wanting to advance through the tournament as thesemi-finals and national championship game will be played at Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse the weekend of March 21-22. Winning a national title on their home court would not be something new to the Flying Dutch who won the 1990 Division III national crown at the HollandCivicCenter with an amazing come-from-behind over heavily favored St. John Fisher, N.Y., 65-63.

Hope is playing its 11th straight NCAA tournament game on the road. Hope's  last homeNCAA tournament game was a 2003 first round victory over Mount St. Joseph, Ohio. at the college's DowCenter.  Hope moved to the DeVos Fieldhouse in 2005, but has yet to host an NCAA game there. In 2006 the Flying Dutch played six consecutive games on the road en route to winning the national championship in Springfield, Mass.  A year ago the Flying Dutch were sent to Greencastle, Ind. where they were upset by Denison, Ohio in a first round game.  Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse record is 43-1, including 18-0 this season.

Senior Julie Henderson has been named the conference (MIAA) Defensive player of the year for the second year in-a-row.  In 2006 she was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA championship finals.

Senior Jordyn Boles has been voted to the All-MIAA women's first team or the thirdconsecutive year. She was joined on the first team by sophomore Philana Greene.  Senior Lindsay Lange of Manistee received second team recognition.

Jordyn Boles and Julie Henderson have each started in 116 consecutive games which ties the Hope record forconsecutive starts held by Amy Baltmanis from 1999-2003. Boles holds the Hope record for three-point baskets (208) and ranks sixth all-time among Hope scorers with 1,221 points.  Henderson, a fifth-year player, started her first two games as a freshman but was sidelined for the rest of the season because of an injury. Henderson is the all-time Hope leader in steals (228) and ranks second in assistswith 435(The record is 461 assists by Sue Buikema, 1984-88).

Lindsay Lange ranks 3rd all-time at Hope in blocked shots with 118. The career leader is Lisa Timmer with 137 from 1993-97 and second all-time is Kristin Carlson with 123 from 1991-95. Lange's blocked shot total has been reached in three seasons while Timmer and Carlson accomplished their's over four seasons.  Lange played on the Hope junior varsity as a freshman.  She is also an NCAA All-American
heptathlete.

Six current players were on Hope's 2006 national championship team -- Jordyn Boles,Julie Henderson, Kaitlyn Kopke, Courtney Knox, Lindsay Lange and Stacy Warsen.  Boles, Henderson and Warsen started in the national championship game.

In 12 seasons under Coach Brian Morehouse, the Flying Dutch are 285-55 (84%). He entered the 2007-08 season ranked fifth among NCAA Division III coaches by winning percentage.  His father, Dean Morehouse, is a member of the coaching staff.

The Hope College men's basketball team has also qualified for the NCAA Division III championship.  There are 12 schools that have both the men's and women's basketball teams in this year's tournament. Joining Hope are Washington, Mo., Brandeis, Mass., Chicago, Rochester, N.Y., Amherst, Mass., Bowdoin, Me., Salem State, Mass., Scranton, Pa., St. Thomas, Minn., UW-Eau Claire, and UW-Stevens Point.