Hope's Kate Majerus nearly automatic from beyond the arc

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Hope's Kate Majerus takes a shot over her Calvin defender Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Hope's Kate Majerus takes a shot over her Calvin defender Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at DeVos Fieldhouse.

HOLLAND — When Kate Majerus gets the ball in her hands, there's not much the defense can do to stop her.

The Hope senior can drain any shot she gets a look at. Whether it's wide open or there's a defender right in her face, it doesn't matter. She ranks second on the team in field goal percentage, draining over 61% of her shots, but where she really thrives is beyond the arc.

Each season Majerus has seen her long-range shooting percentage go up and up. So far in 2021, she's drained 16 3-pointers through nine games and is shooting better than 50% from that mark. It's even more impressive considering she had a slow start to the season. In the last seven games, she's hit 14 of the 25 3s she's put up.

"When her feet are set, it feels like it has a good chance of going in every time," said Hope coach Brian Morehouse. "I don't know that anybody has put more time in, so you like to see people like that get rewarded."

Her freshman season she shot 21% from three in limited playing time. Her sophomore year it went up a bit to 26%. Last year she arrived on the scene with authority, draining 56% of her shots from beyond the arc, which is the same number she's holding at through her senior year.

Hope's Kate Majerus takes the ball past her Calvin defender Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Hope's Kate Majerus takes the ball past her Calvin defender Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at DeVos Fieldhouse.

That drastic improvement came from extended playing time and constant work. She'll be in the gym putting up shots whenever she has spare time and works before and after practice trying to get her technique just right. Before the Flying Dutch's recent 91-42 win over Calvin, she told Morehouse she tweaked a little small detail in her shot. Hearing that made him a bit uneasy heading into a big rivalry game.

"She's already shooting a crazy number this year and she tells me she tweaked it, I just thought 'why would you do that?', Morehouse said. "It feels better than 50%?...So I just say, this better work.'"

She went out and hit four of her five shots from 3-point range. The lone shot she missed, which was sort of a heat-check shot, came late in the game when it was already well out of reach.

Despite the stellar performance, Majerus didn't want to take any credit for her sharpshooting. Once the game was over, she praised her teammates who were able to find her open and make smooth passes.

"It helps when I got good passes from my teammates," Majerus said. "They're definitely hunting the ball for me out there, so it helps quite a bit and their passes are always right in the pocket."

While she's busy shining the light on her teammates, the rest of the team knows just how impressive her shooting prowess is. When she puts up a shot, they don't even have to see where it lands.

They already know it probably went in.

"I don't think [she can miss]," said senior Olivia Voskuil. "Kate is in the gym every single hour of the day just shooting and shooting, she just doesn't miss, even in practice she doesn't miss."

—Contact Assistant Sports Editor Will Kennedy at Will.Kennedy@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByWillKennedy and Facebook @Holland Sentinel Sports.

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