GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin opened its 2019-20 MIAA campaign with a 64-38 rivalry loss to Hope at Van Noord Arena.
Ranked fifth nationally, Hope (9-0 overall, 2-0 MIAA) scored the first nine points of the game and led 16-7 after one quarter of play.
Hope bumped its lead up to 26-9 before Calvin (6-4 overall, 0-1 MIAA) countered with a three-point shot and a two-point goal by sophomore Baylee GalanBrowne (Evergreen, Co./Evergreen).
The Flying Dutch led 29-16 at halftime and then outscored Calvin 17-10 in the third quarter to take full control of the game.
Calvin held Hope to 33.8 percent field goal shooting but the Knights turned the ball over 28 times which led to 21 points for Hope.
Hope also held a 47-32 rebounding advantage.
Calvin was led in scoring by GalanBrowne and sophomore Stephanie Coors (Evergreen, Co./Valor Christian HS) who tallied eight points apiece.
Hope was paced by Kennedy Schoonveld and Sydney Muller with 11 points apiece.
COACHES COMMENT: "They (Hope) are really good and I think they sped us up offensively," said Calvin head women's basketball coach Mark Christner. "It was a game that we needed to get some things established that we wanted to and we were unable to do that. To me, our turnover number made it an unwinnable game. We've played three teams ranked in the Top 25 so far. For our group learning a bit of a new style and a new system I've been excedingly pleased. I think we will learn from this game and grow from it. I've enjoyed coaching our group. I think it has a lot of resolve. We have people who play really hard. It's just a matter now of focusing a bit more on detail."
NEXT UP: Calvin will host defending MIAA champion Trine next Saturday at 3 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.