Women’s Basketball: 824 and Counting

The Flying Dutch have become just the seventh NCAA Division III women’s basketball team to reach 800 all-time wins (824 through the end of the season). Although outside competition in women’s basketball at Hope began during 1904-05, the NCAA tally starts with the team’s varsity debut during 1972-73. The achievement includes 1,132 games, two national championships, 18 NCAA appearances, 15 MIAA championships, five home-court venues, 10 head coaches, hundreds of players, thousands of enthusiastic fans (regularly leading the division in attendance) and countless memories.
With more to come.

1972

CARNEGIE-SCHOUTEN GYM

Competition on campus in 1977 at Hope’s Carnegie-Schouten Gymnasium, built in 1906 and razed in 1982

CARNEGIE-SCHOUTEN GYM

THE ARMORY

Game action in the 1970s at the Holland Armory, which still stands on Ninth Street west of Central Avenue

The Armory

DOW CENTER

A 1980s-era contest at the college’s Dow Health and Physical Education Center, home court from 1978 through 2004

Dow Center

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Dina Disney ’91 Hackert at the line at the Holland Civic Center before sinking the tie-breaking, after-the-buzzer free throw for Hope’s first-ever national championship in 1990, dubbed the “Miracle on Eighth Street”

Dina Disney

DEVOS FIELDHOUSE

Inaugurated as Hope’s new home court in 2005, the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouses sees Hope playing Calvin in 2015

DeVos Fieldhouse

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Celebration after winning the national championship in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2006

2006 National Championship team

2018

A SEASON OF SUCCESS

Appropriately, the team achieved its most recent win during an NCAA Division III tournament run, playing in the Sweet Sixteen in a packed Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse on March 9 and advancing to the Elite Eight.

2018 team

Spring 2018