Alma, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team (9-10, 4-5 MIAA) won, 63-44, over Olivet College (6-13, 2-8 MIAA) Wednesday (Jan. 23) in a game the Scots never trailed in. Sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) led all players in points (14) and rebounds (10) to record her fourth double-double of the season.
- The Scots had some fresh faces to the start the game with sophomore forward Emily Long (Dayton, Ohio / Arch Bishop Alter) making her first start of the season and junior guard Hannah Thelen (Pewamo, Mich. / Pewamo Westphalia) making her first start since Nov. 12. Thelen got to quick work scoring four of Alma's first six points.
- Brandt was a force to be reckon with in the low post all night. Still in the first, up by four, Brandt fought for a rebound and was able to make the jumper to extend the lead to six. On the next possession she made another bucket in what was the Scots final score of the quarter.
- Alma only led by two at the start of the second and the Comets stayed within a possession or two until Long made a layup assisted by senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) that pushed the margin to eight. The Scots only led by four heading into halftime.
- A 13-0 run by the Scots midway through the third quarter put them into a comfortable position. Some of the highlights during the run included a quick turnaround jumper underneath the basket by Brandt then Long ran through the lane where she faked right, looked left and then hit a jumper on the turnaround that made it a double-digit game. After a turnover by the Comets, Long found junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) who dashed towards the glass and made the easy lay-up. On the following Olivet possession, Brandt had a block underneath the bucket, Long grabbed the rebound and passed it cross court to freshman guard Oretha Humphries (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public) who ran it the rest of the way for the bucket.
- As the Scots continued to increase their lead, some quick passing led to another score. Up, 45-29, Thelen set up Hill at wing just beyond the three-point arc. But instead of shooting the triple, Hill quickly sent it down to sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) who hit it off glass and in. Alma found themselves on the doorstep of leading by 20 before end of the third and hit the mark when Eldridge was in the paint and she dished it out to the corner for freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette). Warchock nailed the three as time expired for the quarter giving the Scots a 51-31 advantage heading to the fourth.
- The fourth quarter was the lowest scoring period with the game out of reach for the Comets. Brandt reached her double-double with three boards early in the quarter. The sophomore ended up sitting the final 6:30 of the game. Sophomore guard Haley Trickey (Millington, Mich. / Millington) made her first appearance of the season playing in the final three minutes for the Scots.
- After scoring a season-high last game, Long tied it with another 12 points tonight on five-of-nine shooting. The sophomore was also second on the team in rebounds with eight.
- Brandt moved into a tie for fifth all-time for the program's career blocks list with three tonight. Brandt and Shelly Ulfig '03 both have 75 to their name.
- Hill had efficient game with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes played.
- The Scots shot over 40 percent for the first time since their last win on Jan. 5. In games where they shoot at least 40 percent from the floor, Alma is 5-2 this year.
- Alma scored 40 of their points in the paint. They also recorded 54 rebounds, the third highest total this season.
What He Said
"I'm proud of how we responded to a slow start to this game. We came out aggressive, rebounded well and pushed the pace in the third quarter and got the ball inside for some high percentage looks. Great overall team win."
-Head Coach Ryan Clark.
The Scots stay home for another MIAA tilt on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 6 p.m. where they will play Kalamazoo College, a team still looking for its first win of season.