The first loss in Hope College women's basketball has been made since 2019

The first loss in Hope College women's basketball has been made since 2019 ...

The historic winning streak of Hope College women's basketball team has become a fixture in the organization.

Trine University defeated the Flying Dutch 70-62 Wednesday night at the DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland before a season-high 2,380 fans. It was Hope's first loss since losing in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

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Hope holds the most winning streak in all of the NCAA from 2015 to 17.

Hope, ranked 16-1 overall and 8-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, drew 36-26 at halftime. Trine (7-1, 14-2), who was fourth in this week's poll and seventh in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association rankings, drew off the Flying Dutch in the second half

Hope came on strong down the stretch, cut the deficit to 64-62 with 44 seconds left in regulation. However, the Thursday closed out the game with a 6-0 run.

The Flying Dutch outrebounded the Thunder 46-34, but Trine shot 49 percent from the floor compared to Hope's 27 percent.

Tara Bieniewicz led the Thunder with 18 points, but Meg Morehouse came off the bench to lead the Flying Dutch with 14 points.

The Flying Dutch dominated 29-0 in 2020 and finished 16-0 a year ago before ripping off 16 consecutive wins to start this season. There was no Division 3 women's postseason tournament in 2021 due to the epidemic, and the year before, Hope had advanced to the Sweet 16 before the season was cancelled.

Hope will continue to work at Albiono College starting Saturday at 3 p.m.

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