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On Feb. 3, the women’s basketball team at Hope College in western Michigan beat Trine for its 34th consecutive victory, then found out the bad news. The NCAA had canceled winter championships in Division III, including men’s and women’s basketball.

For a second straight season, the Flying Dutch wouldn’t have a chance to compete for a national title.

“We celebrated the win, but then I had to announce to the team that I had some tough news to share — that the tournament was canceled again,” Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. “That was the most difficult locker room I’ve been in in my 25 years as a head coach.”


For much of college basketball, this March has represented a step toward normalcy. The Division I men’s and women’s tournaments have reached the Final Four, and Division II crowned its champions recently. In Division III, however, the top teams were left without their national tournaments.

They understood they still had plenty left to play for.

Hope extended its winning streak to a school-record 45 games and finished a second straight undefeated season — a remarkable accomplishment with or without a national title.

Randolph-Macon, the top-ranked men’s team, went unbeaten as well, and after their conference tournament was done, the Yellow Jackets hosted Trine in one final game that pitted No. 1 vs. No. 2 from the D3hoops.com poll. Randolph-Macon won 69-55.





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