Trine, Hope Fall in NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Second Round

Trine, Hope Fall in NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Second Round

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.  


2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship links

NCAA Division III Women's Basketball page

2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball bracket announcement

2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball interactive bracket

2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball bracket (pdf)

Trine

Women's Basketball page

NCAA First Round vs. Emory recap

NCAA Second Round vs. Thomas More recap

Hope

Women's Basketball page

NCAA First Round recap

NCAA Second Round recap