Alma, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team lost, 72-66, to the Saint Mary's College Belles Saturday (Dec. 15). Freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) led the Scots with 16 points, tying her career-high. Alma falls to 6-5 overall and 1-3 in conference while Saint Mary's improves to 4-6 and 2-2 in MIAA play.
- The game started out even through the first quarter, junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) grabbed a rebound and went all the way to other end to nail a layup and draw the foul where she ended finishing off the three-point play to make it 5-2 early on.
- In the final minutes of the first, the Scots made a five-point swing where sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) grabbed an offensive board off a three-point attempt by sophomore guard Jessie Jordan (Mason, Mich. / Williamston) and nailed the jumper off the glass. Jordan then stole the ball and hit a three this time to take back the lead, 11-10.
- The Scots were firing on all cylinders in the second quarter, Jordan hit her second trey of the game to make it 16-13 Alma. Down 20-18, the Scots went on a 12-0 run to take a 10-point lead. Warchock took over the game towards the end of the run when she knocked down a three, grabbed an offensive rebound and put in the basket and then another three to take 33-22 lead late in the quarter. The Scots ended up scoring 27 points in the second frame.
- Warchock kept her hot play going when she drove to basket and made the bucket to open the second half. The Scots got the lead up 16 with 4:20 left in the third when Hill hit a layup. The Belles were able to cut into lead though and Alma only led by six heading into the final quarter.
- The Belles started off the fourth with a 9-0 run to take the lead, 54-51. Sophomore forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) ended a drought that saw the Scots not make a basket for more than eight minutes straight when she hit a jumper to make it a one-point game.
- Barnauskas made some big shots when the Scots found themselves down five mid-way through the fourth. The senior's free throw with just over four minutes left tied it up, 58-58. She followed it with another layup to tie it at 60 with just over three minutes remaining.
- A 7-0 run by Saint Mary's down the stretch was the difference, Alma was able to make three more buckets in the final minute but the Belles strong free throw shooting at the end kept the game out of reach.
- Barnauskas, Hill and Jordan all finished in double figures along with the Scots leading scorer Warchock.
- Hill led all players with seven assists for the game.
- Alma scored 44 of their 66 points in the paint.
- The Scots had 28 turnovers and the Belles turned them into 28 points.
- The game had nine ties and eight lead changes throughout the entire contest.
Alma heads north to face Lake Superior State University on Tuesday (Dec. 18). Tip off for that game will be at 3 p.m.