The Hope College women’s basketball team is headed to Waverly, Iowa this weekend to make its 20th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Flying Dutch received an at-large berth to postseason play and drew a first-round
game against Wheaton College (Illinois) at Wartburg College. Game times and ticket
information will be announced at a later date.
Hope has reached the postseason for seven consecutive seasons and 13 of the past 14 seasons. The Flying Dutch advanced to the national quarterfinals last season.
Hope is bidding for its third national championship. The Flying Dutch previously won national titles in 2006 and 1990.
Led by head coach Brian Morehouse, Hope enters postseason play with a 23-4 record. The Flying Dutch were runner-up in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and postseason play.
Hope faces a familiar opponent in Wheaton (22-5), the regular-season champion of the College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin. This will be the school’s 14th meeting. The last in postseason play came in 2013, where the Flying Dutch claimed a first-round, 64-37 victory against the Thunder.
The Hope-Wheaton winner plays either Wartburg or Bethany Lutheran College (Minnesota).
Wartburg (24-3) won the American Rivers Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
Bethany Lutheran (22-5) won the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament to receive an automatic berth.