Flying Dutch Basketball
NCAA Sectional Tournament
Probable Starting Lineup
12 Bria Ebels, 5-7 senior from Holland, Mich. (Holland HS)
14 Julie Henderson, 5-11 junior from Grand Haven, Mich. (Grand Haven)
22 Jordyn Boles, 5-10 soph. from Grand Rapids, Mich. (Forest Hills Central HS)
24 Stacey Warsen, 5-10 sophomore from Cutlerville, Mich. (South Christian HS)
33 Linda Ebels, 6-1 senior from Falmouth, Mich. (N. Michigan Christian HS)
The Flying Dutch are appearing in the NCAA tournament for the eighth time since their first appearance in 1990. The 1990 team won the national championship. Hope's all-time NCAA tournament record is 11-6.
The Flying Dutch have a history with the other Sectional qualifiers. Hope's only loss this season was to Wheaton, 47-40 on December 2nd. Hope is unbeaten in games against DePauw (3-0), but the teams haven't met since 1982-83. Hope's only game with Washington was a 61-45 loss in 1990.
Coach Brian Morehouse entered the 2005-06 season ranked eighth by winning percentage among current Division III coaches. His 10-year record entering the Sectional is 230-51 (.819). The Flying Dutch the past four seasons have been 104-10 (.912).
The Flying Dutch are riding a 26-game winning streak, second longest in school history. The 2002-03 team won 31 in-a-row before bowing in the NCAA Sectional finals.
Seniors Linda Ebels and Bria Ebels are not sisters. They had not met each other until they arrived on the Hope campus and are described as "distant" cousins.
Sophomore Jordyn Boles and senior Bria Ebels were voted to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) all-conference first team while junior Julie Henderson received second team recognition. A three-time All-MIAA honoree, Bria Ebels was also voted the MIAA's co-most valuable player and the league's defensive player of the year.
Linda Ebels has played in every varsity game (115) since her freshman year and has been a starter for the last 83 games.
Nine Flying Dutch averaged 10-or-more minutes a game this season. Six players were the leading scorer in a game this season -- Bria Ebels 14 times, Jordyn Boles 9, Linda Ebels 5, Ellen Wood 4, Julie Henderson 1 and Sarah Jurik 1.
Of Hope's 29 victories, only five have been by fewer than 10 points. Four of the victories have been decided by more than 40 points, seven between 30-40 points, seven by 20-30 points and six by 10-20 points. The team's winning scoring margin of 23.7 points per game ranks third in NCAA Division III.
Assistant coaches Becky Klinger Sutton, Colleen Corey and Colly Carlson each had NCAA tournament experience as Hope players. Sutton (99-01-02) and Corey (01-02-03) each appeared as a member of the Flying Dutch three times while Carlson played four consecutive years (89-90-91-92) for the Flying Dutchmen. Assistant coach Dean Morehouse is head coach Brian Morehouse's father.