The all-time women’s series
- Spans 51 years
- 126 games
- Calvin leads 71-55
- 1960s – Calvin won 8-0
- 1970s – Calvin won 13-0
- 1980s – Calvin won 16-7
- 1990s – Calvin won 19-8
- 2000s – Hope won 19-5
- 2010s – Hope won 19-10
- 2020s – Hope leads 4-0
Updated February 2, 2021
Through 51 years and 126 games, Calvin leads the series 71-55.
The Hope/Calvin women’s basketball rivalry started in 1965 with a 49-35 Calvin victory.
Since women’s basketball became an official MIAA sport in 1978-79, Hope leads the series 54-50.
Since 2000, Hope holds a 41-15 series advantage.
The most points by Hope in a game against Calvin was 89-51 in 2003. Calvin’s most points was 87-71 in 1984. The most points by both teams in a game was in Hope’s 88-81 win in November, 2013.
Hope defeated Calvin three times during the 2005-06 season enroute to winning the NCAA Division III national championship. Two of the wins came during the regular season and the third in the championship game of the conference tournament.
The teams have combined to win 33 MIAA championships through 2019-20, 18 by Hope and 15 by Calvin.
- The Calvin/Hope rivalry has required a coin flip on two occasions to determine the top seed for the MIAA Tournament as the two teams tied for the regular season league championship in both 2011 and 2013. Calvin won the coin flip both years with Calvin going on to win the 2011 MIAA Tournament at Van Noord Arena while Hope went on to win the 2013 MIAA Tournament, also at Van Noord Arena.
The teams have been to the NCAA tournament a combined 35 times, 19 by Hope and 16 by Calvin. Hope’s best NCAA finish was winning the national championship in 1990 and 2006 while Calvin’s best has been playing in the national quarterfinals finals four times (2005, 2007, 2012 and 2015). Both teams have advanced to the NCAA tournament in the same year on multiple occasions (1998, 1999, 2006 and 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), but they’ve never met. Hope is 35-17 in NCAA games while Calvin is 20-14.
The fewest points by Hope in a game against Calvin was in a 73-19 loss in 1975. The fewest points by Calvin was in a 28-25 win in 1967.
- The teams have played each other 19 times in the MIAA tournament since 1993. Hope has an 11-8 advantage. The teams have met in the MIAA tournament championship game 11 times with Hope winning eight and Calvin three times. —Hope won 59-43 in 1995, 73-71 in overtime in 1998, 63-44 in 2006, 71-68 in 2007, 68-49 in 2010 and 62-59 in 2012 while Calvin won 67-65 in 2011 and 65-43 in 2012. Hope then won 62-59 in the 2013 MIAA Tournament final and 88-79 in the 2014 MIAA Tournament final. In 2015, Calvin defeated Hope 77-73 in the title game.
- Hope coach Brian Morehouse is 43-22 in games against Calvin since 1996-97. Calvin coach Mark Christner is 0-4 in games against Hope.
Calvin’s longest winning streak in the series was 22 games (1965-79) and the longest with Hope was nine (2000-04).
Hope’s biggest margin of victory was 38 points (89-51) in 2003. Calvin’s biggest margin of victory was 54 points (73-19) in 1975.
Four games have gone into overtime with Hope winning three of the four overtime games. Hope won 55-53 in 1995. Calvin won 63-58 in 2007. Hope triumphed 63-55 in 2017 and Hope won 63-58 in 2018.
31 of the games have been decided by five or fewer points with Calvin holding an 18-13 advantage in those games. In one-point games Calvin leads 3-1 (59-58 in 1981, 61-60 in 1984 and 56-55 in 2011 with Hope winning 70-69 in 2018).
Six of the all-time NCAA Division III women's basketball single-game attendance marks have been Calvin/Hope games. The largest DeVos Fieldhouse crowd was 3,443 on February 16, 2013 when Hope won 65-60. The largest at Calvin's Van Noord Arena was on February 21, 2009 (3,175), also a Hope win, 65-50.
The late Karla Hoesch Wolters, Hope Class of 1973 and a former member of the Hope College and Calvin College Kinesiology faculty, coached Calvin to the 1979 MIAA championship. She was 3-0 in games she coached her Calvin teams against Hope from 1977-79.