Alma Rolls Over MacMurray

Alma Rolls Over MacMurray

Holland, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team won, 82-71, over MacMurray College (IL) to wrap up their play at the Hope College Tip Off Classic. Sophomore forward Jessie Jordan (Mason, Mich. / Williamston) scored a career-high 19 points in her season debut to lead the Scots. Alma improves to 2-2 on the year. 

What Happened

  • The Scots found themselves down 10-4 early in the first quarter, coming out of a timeout called by Head Coach Ryan Clark, Alma used good ball movement to find junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) on the wing to hit a three. 
  • Later in the quarter, freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) and Jordan hit back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game at 16. Warchock would then block a three-point attempt, pick up the ball and take it the rest of the way for a lay up to give the Scots the lead, 18-16. Tied at 18, Jordan shot a three from the corner and then ran towards the basket, pick up her own rebound and hit a jumper to give Alma the lead again. 
  • In the second, Warchock hit her second three-pointer to make it 25-24. Later, Hill missed from beyond the arc but sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) grabbed the rebound and dished it out Jordan who hit the trey making 34-31 Scots. 
  • Just before halftime, sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) stole the ball off the inbound and drew a foul. She hit a free throw to give Alma a two-point lead heading to the locker room. 
  • The third quarter was back-and-forth until MacMurray started to gain a seven-point lead, but the Scots chipped away at it. After a three-pointer made by Hill with seven seconds left, Alma only trailed by two going to the fourth quarter. 
  • It was an offensive explosion for the Scots in the final quarter, they used an 8-0 run to increase their lead from one to nine in the matter of two minutes. Alma hit seven free throws in a row in the final minute to put the game on ice. 

Notables 

  • Warchock had a career-high 11 points in the game. Hill (14) and senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) with 12 were the other two Scots in double-figures. 
  • Sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) was Alma's leading rebounder with eight. 
  • The Scots forced 25 turnovers while only gave up seven. 
  • Hill played in all 40 minutes of the game and was named to the all-tournament team.  

Up Next

Alma returns home to play Earlham College (IN) Tuesday (Nov. 20) at 5 p.m.