Kate Majros is back as Hope College women’s basketball ends season defending title
HOLLAND – After a three-year march to a national championship, the Hope College women’s basketball team felt a mixture of joy and relief.
Now that this lull is over, the team is gearing up for another special season.
That was the main reason senior Keith Majros decided to return for a fifth year.
“What it came down to was another year with my best friends. There’s something special about Hope College and it was a no-brainer for me to be there for another year,” Majerus said. “I was overwhelmed by the moment at our retreat and had the opportunity to do it again in a year.
“(Winning the title) is one of those experiences you don’t want to miss. There were a lot of experiences and great memories. But now we’re ready to move on and hopefully we’ll get another chance to do it.”
It’s been a challenge for Hope coach Brian Morehouse to help the team get back on the plate.
“It’s tough. I learned a lot from 2006 (NCAA title) and 2010 (NCAA runner-up). I’m more prepared for the year after then,” Morehouse said. “It’s helpful. The important thing is that instead of using the word ‘defense’, which is a different mindset than looking for another title. ‘Defense’ creates a defensive mentality that tries to keep everyone out. Our goal is to “It’s about being the best. This team can be and reach its potential this year. If it’s the Final Four or the Champions League, we’ve got to deal with it. We don’t want worrying about the defense to hinder this team’s progress.”
With only one returning starter, it will definitely be a different group.
After losing NCAA Player of the Year Kennedy Schoenold, All-American Olivia Weskeville and MVP Sydney Mueller, Majerus’ return could be important for the Flying Dutchman.
“We have a core group that has been here for a few years and how things work, but we also have a lot of new faces. We have leaders who can lead the freshmen well,” Majros said.
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This also applies in court. Majerus is one of the best 3-point shooters in Hope history. He made 50 3s on 103 attempts last year, for a staggering .485 percentage.
“We were thankful to have guys like Kennedy, Olivia and Sydney last year who were able to get to the basket,” Majros said. “That idea of being an alpha is what coach is trying to instill in me. “We’ve talked about waiting and that’s something I can see and it will help.”
Hope opens the season Friday at DeVos Fieldhouse against Geneva (Pa.) College in the tip-off tournament at 6 p.m. Hope will face the Concordia (Wis.)-Illinois Wesleyan winner Saturday at 3 p.m.
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In addition to Majerus in the original lineup will be returning members of the “Chaos Crew” from last year’s second unit: Meg Morehouse, Ella McKinney, Claire Baguley and Savannah Finestra. Morehouse said Feenstra may not start right away. He is still fighting back from a knee injury in the postseason last year.
Majerus’ leadership will help everyone in their new roles this season.
“I think they’re looking for a level of consistency as starters, and it’s a different role for the tip instead of the Chaos crew jumping into it,” Morehouse said. They have a lot of gas in the tank.
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