The women’s Basketball team went 10-6 in the MIAA this season thanks to the solid overall team play and hustle shown on the court throughout the season. This high level of play clinched third place for the Hornets and allowed them to make the playoffs for the first time under head coach Katie Miller.
Their next opponent is Hope, who went 14-2 in the MIAA, and is nationally ranked eleventh by the NCAA Division III coaches’ poll. The Hornets will take on Hope on February 25 in the first round of the playoffs. The women faced Hope twice during the regular season. Hope won both of those contests, but they were very close games in which either team could have come out on top.
Coach Miller and the team have not been to the postseason before, and are excited to be going to their first playoff game.
The Hornets have had great success on the defensive end of the floor this year with their outstanding hustle. They are third in the league in points allowed per game with 61.4, trailing only Hope and Calvin. Not only that, the Hornets also held opponents to a mere 35.1 shooting percentage, which is second in the league. They are also second in blocked shots as a team, and are led by Perri Nicholson ’15 who is third in the league averaging 1.64 per game. The Hornets are also third in steals per game, led by Kelsey Adamski ’16 and Nicholson, who are tied for second in the league at 2.20 per game. They will need another strong defensive performance against Hope to achieve victory.
Not only has their defense been outstanding, the Hornets have also been successful on offense. They average just over 67 points per game, putting them fourth in the league. Adamski leads the team with 11.6 points per game, followed closely by Emily Lindsay ’15 who averages 11.5 points per game. Adamski also leads the league in assists this season, dishing out 4.4 a game. Combine their offense and defense and you get a well-rounded team that will need their best against Hope.
The game is Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Hope at 7:30 p.m. Free transportation will leave campus around 6:00 p.m. and return to campus at approximately 10:30 p.m. The women will appreciate all of the campus support as they try to reach their first ever MIAA Tournament Championship Game.