Kalamazoo, Mich.– The Alma College women's basketball team kicked off the new year with victory over the Kalamazoo College Hornets Wednesday (Jan. 2) by a score of 65-48. Sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) scored a career-high 18 points on nine of 12 shooting. With the win, Alma is 7-7 overall and 2-3 in MIAA action.
- The Scots trailed for the first five minutes of the game until freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) knocked down a three to take the lead, 7-6. Alma held to a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
- Alma was able to grow its lead to eight in the early parts of the second, but the Hornets clawed their way back and the score was tied 21-21 with just over 90 seconds remaining in the half. Sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) then hit a three pointer to take the lead. The Scots would never trail again for the rest of the game after that.
- An 11-0 run by the Scots during the third help cushion the Alma lead. After Kalamazoo cut the lead to five late in the period, Hengesbach made a pair of layups on back-to-back possessions and the Scots were up seven heading to the fourth.
- Hengesbach opened the scoring on the Scots first offensive possession of the final quarter. Senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) made a three to increase the lead to 12. Barnauskas hit another from beyond the arc to make it 53-39. From there, the Hornets were unable to get within single digits for the rest of the night.
- Barnauskas was the other Scot to score in double figures with 12.
- Eldridge and Warchock each scored nine and grabbed nine rebounds. Barnauskas and sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) each added eight boards as the Scots won the battle off the glass, 55-45.
- The Scots limited the Hornets to only shoot 24 percent from the floor and allowed the lowest amount of points this season.
- This was the largest margin of victory for Alma this season.
The Scots look for another conference victory on Saturday (Jan. 5) when Calvin College comes to town for a 3 p.m. tip off.