posted May 27, 2010

Flying Dutch Top DIII In Women's Basketball Attendance

Make it three-for-three for Hope fan attendance at the college's DeVos Fieldhouse.

The NCAA has announced that Hope led all Division III women's basketball programs in average home attendance during the 2009-10 season.

Hope also topped Division III during 2009-10 in attendance at its home volleyball (992 average) and men's basketball (2,826 average) contests. No Division III member has ever accomplished this fete.

It marks the second straight year that Hope has been the leader in women's basketball attendance. This past season the team averaged 1,138 fans over 20 home dates. The average home game attendance among all 419 Division III basketball programs in 09-10 was 227 fans.

It is the third time since moving to DeVos Fieldhouse that Hope has been the DIII leader in women's basketball attendance. In 2005-06, the first year at DeVos, the team averaged 1,329 fans per game. In 2008-09 the team averaged 1,269.

The Flying Dutch, who posted an overall 32-2 record, were 20-0 on their home court. Games against rival Calvin attracted the largest crowds, 3,177 on January 19 and 2,565 on February 27.

The nine Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) member schools averaged 401 fans per home game in 09-10 to rank third among Division III conferences. The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Association led all DIII conferences with an average of 401.

Hope five-season record at DeVos Fieldhouse in 80-1. In 14 seasons under coach Morehouse, the Flying Dutch are 193-20 (.906) on their home floor.

The Flying Dutch will enter the 2010-11 season with a home floor winning streak of 61 in-a-row. The season will begin non Nov. 16 with a home game against Rochester.