After each registering NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship First Round wins, both Hope and Trine were halted in the Second Round to see their 2018-19 seasons come to a close.
Trine, the MIAA regular season and tournament champions, started with a 57-54 come-from-behind win against Emory in the First Round in a game that featured no lead greater than eight points. The one-two attack of Brandi Dawson and Cassidy Williams resulted in 22 and 18 points, respectively, including a combined 17-of-19 shooting effort at the free throw line; Dawson (8) and Williams (7) accounted for all 15 of Trine's points in the critical fourth quarter.
The Thunder then challenged top-ranked Thomas More in the Second Round, where Trine owned a 31-20 halftime lead before the host Saints clawed back in the third quarter, taking a lead it would not relenquish the rest of the way. Despite pulling within two in the fourth quarter, Trine lost 67-59 to Thomas More March 2. Trine's Dawson ended her collegiate career with a 20-point performance, while Williams added 17 points.
Hope earned a 67-55 First Round win over Wheaton thanks to a 46-28 second-half surge by the Flying Dutch. Aiding in the comeback was precise and efficient shooting from the line, where Hope out-scored Wheaton 19-6 at the stripe. Francesca Buchanan had game highs of 20 points and eight rebounds to go with a team-best five assists, while Kenedy Schoonveld chipped in 13 points.
The Flying Dutch had their season halted with a 79-49 Second Round setback to host Wartburg March 2. For the second consecutive game Hope stalled in the second quarter, putting the Flying Dutch in a 49-17 halftime deficit. Wartburg's defense stymied Hope, holding their guests to 28.4 percent shooting and out-rebounded Hope 46-27 despite shooting 55.1 percent from the field themselves. Hope's Buchanan and Olivia Voskuil each led Hope with eight points.
Trine ended the season with a 26-3 record, while Hope concluded their campaign with a 23-5 mark.