Angola, Ind. – The Alma College women's basketball team fell to No. 7 Trine University (IN), 79-43, in the MIAA Semifinals on Friday night (Feb. 22) at Trine's MTI Center. Freshman guard Oretha Humphries (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public) had a team-high 11 points on five-of-14 shooting. The Scots finish the season with a record of 15-12 while the Thunder will play in the MIAA Championship Saturday (Feb. 23).
How It Happened
- After receiving her award for being an all-conference selection before tipoff, senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) scored Alma's first two buckets with two mid-range jumpers. Junior guard Hannah Thelen (Pewamo, Mich. / Pewamo Westphalia) hit the team's first triple that was set up by Humphries who was in the corner where she quickly sent it to Thelen on the wing where she buried it to make it a two-point game early.
- The Scots went scoreless for a few minutes until junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) inbounded a pass to sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) who knocked down the jumper. Alma received scores from Barnauskas and sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) before the end of the opening quarter.
- Barnauskas kept her hot hand going in the second quarter where Humphries found her in the paint and the senior did the rest to get the bucket. Humphries earned her first score of the game by working her way into the paint and hitting a turnaround jumper. Not even a minute later, the freshman hit nothing but net.
- In the final seconds of the first half, Trine had the ball and looked to score before the buzzer but Hengesbach was waiting in the paint and rejected a Thunder shot as time expired. It was the sophomore's second block of the game and put her all alone for second all-time in program history.
- Humphries had her best quarter of the night in the third scoring seven points for the Scots. On one of Humphries makes, Hill earned the assist for her third of night which put her at 255 for her career, ranking tied for eighth all-time in program history.
- The Scots struggled to score down the stretch with the game already out of reach. Hill drove through the lane to score and drew the foul as well. Her make from the charity stripe was the final point Alma would score in the game.
- The Scots had a perfect day from the free throw line, but only got to the line four times.
- Alma outrebounded Trine, 31-27.
- Hengesbach grabbed a team-high six rebounds, she also ended up with three blocks for the night to finish with 58 for the season, the third highest amount by a Scot in a single season. After two seasons with Alma, the Saginaw native has 107 for her career, 17 away from first all-time.
- Brandt finished the season with a 60.3 field goal percentage. The fifth best for a Scot in a single season.
- A .556 winning percentage is the highest for an Alma season since 2003-2004.
What He Said
"Extremely proud to be a part of this group of young women. They've done more than surpass any expectations we may have had and it's been a blessing to be able to coach them. They didn't quit tonight even when things weren't going our way and that says a lot about the type of people they are. They laid the foundation for what this program and culture can become and we all will work harder to take the next steps in the years to come."
- Head Coach Ryan Clark