posted June 7, 2008

Hope College finished among the nation's top NCAA Division III schools in the annual NACDA Directors' Cup standings for the 2007-08 school year.

The Hope women's basketball team ranked second in the nation in average home attendance among all NCAA Division III programs during the 2007-08 season.

It marks the third consecutive season at DeVos Fieldhouse that the Flying Dutch have averaged over 1,000 fans per home game.  Coach Brian Morehouse's Dutch averaged 1,107 fans over 18 home dates.

The Division III attendance leader was national champion Howard Payne, Tex. with an average of 1,549 fans over 15 home dates.  One of those home dates was an NCAA tournament game against Hope that attracted 2,777 fans.  Hope also hosted the NCAA Final Four, attracting an average of 2,453 fans over four games, but those didn't figure into Hope's season average since the Flying Dutch were not playing in them.

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) ranked seventh among Division III conferences averaging 380 fans over a cumulative 101 home dates. Hope accounted for more than half of the total attendance at MIAA member sites (19,930 of 38,394).

Division III members as a whole averaged 239 fans per home date (5,010 home games). Division I members as a whole averaged 1,629 fans per home date.

The Flying Dutch led Division III in home attendance in 2005-06, their inuagural year at DeVos, averaging 1,329 fans per game game.  In 2006-07 Hope ranked fourth with an average of 1,224 fans.

The Flying Dutch, who posted an overall 30-1 record, were 18-0 on ther home court.  The season's largest crowd (2,333) came to watch the Flying Dutch defeat rival Calvin on Feb. 9.

Hope's three-season record at DeVos Fieldhouse is 43-1. In 12 season under coach Morehouse the Flying Dutch are 156-20 (.886) on their home floor.