Historic Moments and Notable Performances
Updated through 2011-12 season
A Hope College Basquette Club, composed of 18 women, was organized in 1900.
According to an early college
publication: "The Basquette girls have the gym twice a week, at which time
one half of the hour is occupied with physical exercise and dumb bell drill under
the direction of Prof. Mast. The rest of the hour is given to basketball. Basketball
is greatly enjoyed by the girls. They play their game beautifully, as was seen
by the exhibition game played on Dec. 14 (1900) by two picked
teams, before the faculty and about 50 invited guests. Everyone was surprised
by the agility of the girls and pronounced basketball
"all right." The rooters in the gallery almost raised the roof, but were unable
to rattle the players. The score was 4-to-4..."
Hope competed in the Women's Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WMIAA) from 1941 to 1978. The WMIAA and the
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) merged into a combined governance in the 1978-79 school year.
After guiding the Flying Dutch to a national championship in her first season, coach Sue Wise was chosen the 1989-90 Division III national coach of the year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Hope College has the distinction of being the only Michigan college or university to win an NCAA
national women's basketball championship twice -- 1990 and 2006. Visit
1990 Championship Highlights / 2006 Championship Highlights.
Coach Brian Morehouse was chosen the 2005-06 Division III national coach of the year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the publication DIII News.
The Detroit Free Press included coach Morehouse among the state's top sports figures in 2006 and among the candidates for the newspaper's annual "Michigan's Best" honor roll.