HOLLAND, Mich. - In a game that featured two Top-10 nationally-ranked opponents in co-MIAA regular season champions Trine and Hope, it was only fitting that the third meeting of the two teams need overtime. After a fourth quarter that featured four lead changes and four ties, a buzzer-beater to end regulation, and critical steals and free throws in the overtime period, Hope emerged 68-62 winners over Trine in the 2018 MIAA Women's Basketball Championship game at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Hope 68, Hope 62 (ot) | PDF box score
Trine (24-3) managed to lead by as much as 14 in the first half before Hope (26-1) whittled back, and with a 13-4 third-quarter scoring advantage, the Flying Dutch owned a one-point lead. From there, it was a see-saw contest that featured 43 points in the fourth quarter along with the lead changes.
Hope was led by a 21-point contest by Francesca Buchanan, who settled down after starting 1-of-6 from the field; she added 11 rebounds for game-highs in both categories. Kenedy Schoonveld added 18 points while Madison Geers, who was an overtime hero for Hope in the overtime during their semifinal win against Calvin Friday, added 13 points; none bigger than a layup to beat the regulation buzzer to force overtime.
Trine was led by Cassidy Williams' 17 points, while Hayley Martin added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the setback.
Both teams will find their NCAA Tournament fate Monday when the field is announced on ncaa.com at 2:30 p.m.