Albion, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team won, 60-58, over Albion College on Wednesday (Feb. 6). The Scots outscored the Britons, 25-14, in the fourth quarter to pull off the victory. Four players finished in double figures for Alma with junior guard Hannah Thelen (Pewamo, Mich. / Pewamo Westphalia) and senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) each scoring 12 points. The win puts the Scots at 12-11 overall and 7-7 in the MIAA. Albion drops to 16-6 overall and 8-5 in conference.
- Alma started out slow only scoring two points in the first six and half minutes of the game. Sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) ended that drought with a pair of layups on back-to-back possessions to give the Scots their first lead of the game by a score of 6-5. They would trailed by five at the end of the first.
- After not much scoring to start the second, the Scots went on a 6-0 run to cut a 11-point lead to five halfway through the quarter. Back down by double digits, Thelen would nail down a three pointer to cut the deficit. On the next Brits' possession sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) earned a block to put her at 100 for her career. The difference would stay in the single digits for the rest of the half.
- Albion was able to push the lead back to double digits in the third as the Scots were only able to muster eight points in the period. But some stellar defense from the Scots kept the Britons scoreless for the final four minutes of the quarter. Heading into the final period, Alma only trailed by nine.
- The Scots came out firing with four three-point attempts in the first two minutes of the fourth. Thelen was able to knock down hers to make it a six-point game. After a three by the Brits, Alma trailed by 11 but a 16-3 run is what turned the game around for the Scots.
- Sophomore forward Emily Long (Dayton, Ohio / Arch Bishop Alter) started the run off with a jumper. A triple by Barnauskas at the four-minute mark made it a two-point game. Down two with 2:40 remaining Brandt blocked a layup, Thelen grabbed the rebound and the Scots quickly got the ball up to Barnauskas who got the bucket to tie the game at 52 a piece. On the following possession, Thelen got the steal and then later got the basket to give the Alma its first lead since the first quarter with less two minutes remaining in the game.
- After Albion tied it right before the minute mark, freshman guard Oretha Humphries scored a huge jumper that put the Scots back up, 56-54. Brandt came up big on the defensive end once again with another block to keep Alma in the lead. After both teams failed to score, Humphries made two big free throws to push the lead to four with less than 10 seconds to go but the Brits made it interesting by scoring quickly and forcing the Scots to the line once again. This time it was Barnauskas who made both, clinching the road victory.
- Brandt and Humphries were the other two Alma players to score in double figures with 11 and 10 respectively.
- Junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) had a game-high seven assists. The junior now has 239 helpers in her career, good for 10th all-time in program history. She also notched a team-high seven rebounds and played in all 40 minutes.
- Hengesbach is the third player ever in program history with 100 blocks, the sophomore is only four away from tying for second on the Scots' all-time list.
- Alma only led for two minutes and 22 seconds of the game.
What He Said
"What a gritty performance from everyone tonight especially in the second half. We fought so hard defensively and rebounded well again. Could not be more proud of what this team is doing right now."
-Head Coach Ryan Clark
After three games in five days, the Scots get a week off before their next matchup. They will head on the road to Saint Mary's College (IN) for 7:30 start time on Wednesday, February 13. The current fourth-place Belles sit only a half-game ahead of Alma in the conference standings.