The week in D3 women's basketball saw a coaching milestone, an upset, and some streaks continuing and ending.
Hope’s Morehouse wins #500
"There's no better place than Hope. There's no better place that I'd rather do this," Morehouse said as he addressed the DeVos Fieldhouse crowd during a postgame ceremony. "I have great players. I get way too much of the credit honestly."
Morehouse joins 28 Division III women's basketball coaches to reach the 500 win mark, and is the 18th active coach to do so.
Hope jumped out to a 21-4 lead during the first quarter by matching its best defensive performance in a quarter, and was the third time the Flying Dutch held an opponent to four points in a quarter this season. Senior guard Autumn Anderson led the way scoring a career-high 19 points to lead Hope.
The Flying Dutch remained unbeaten moving their record to 21-0 overall and 13-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
CWRU Upsets NYU
When Jessica McCoy hit a pair of free throws for BR-121 Case Western Reserve with just eight seconds left on the clock, the junior guard sealed the 67-65 upset victory over BR-20 New York University, giving the Spartans their biggest win of the season
Points off turnovers played a major role in the victory for the Spartans. While the turnovers were almost equal, CWRU was able to outscore NYU 17-10 off their take-aways. CWRU also connected on 75 percent from the charity stripe, including a solid 15-for-18 during the second half.
Senior forward Laura Mummey scored a team-high 17 for the spartans, including 9-for12 from the line, while McCoy added seven rebounds and an assist.
With the win, the Spartans move to 7-13 overall, with a 2-7 mark in University Athletic Association play. The teams split of the season series, as the Violets fell to 17-3 overall, with a 6-3 UAA mark.
Tufts Ends Amherst's Home Winning Streak
With nine ties and seven lead changes throughout the contest, the pair of powerhouse NESCAC teams were evenly matched, and neither team held more than an eight-point lead throughout the contest.
As time wound down, Amherst sophomore Hannah Hackley hit a pair of free throws to move the score to 52-51. Then, after a defensive rebound by Ali Doswell on Tuft’s next possession, the Purple and White had a final chance to take the lead as the clock wound down, but couldn’t convert.
The Jumbos take over first place in the NESCAC moving to 9-0 in league play, while Amherst suffered their first loss overall of the season falling to 21-1 overall, and 8-1 in the conference.
WPI Makes History With 17th Consecutive Triumph
Maura Buckley hit a jumper from the outside with 53 seconds on the clock to put WPI up 57-53 , but Smith freshman Lauren Bondi responded from three point land to draw the Pioneers to within a point, 57-56. Sophomore Stasha Greenalch then drove the lane with four seconds on the clock to put WPI up 59-56. Bondi had a chance to tie the game as time ran out, but her three-point attempt fell short as the horn went off.
Greenalch led the way posting 18 points and grabbing six off the boards for the Engineers, as they remained perfect in the NEWMAC with an 11-0 record, and moved to 19-1 overall.
Bluffton Sets School Win Record, Again
With a hard-fought 59-41 road victory over BR-269 Manchester, BR-25 Bluffton won their 19th game of the season, giving this year’s team the most victories in school history. The new mark comes just one season after the 2014-2015 Beavers set the program bar for wins, after ending the season with an 18-9 record.