Women's Basketball Falls in Close Game Against Olivet

Women's Basketball Falls in Close Game Against Olivet

Alma, Mich. - The Alma College women's basketball team fell to Olivet 68-64 on Tuesday (Nov. 21) evening.

Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) led all players with 18 points, six assists and four made three pointers. Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) finished just behind Hill with 17. Emily Long (Dayton, Ohio / Arch Bishop Alter) led all players in rebounding with 13 boards, six of which were offensive. Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) was the only other player with double-digit rebounds with 11.

Alma is now 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Olivet improves to 2-1 and 1-0.

What Happened

  • Alma trailed 10-3 after the first three minutes but closed the quarter on an 18-4 run. Barnauskas had eight of her 17 points over that 5:41 span while Hill put up seven. Olivet shot 1-of-7 from the field and was forced into four turnovers during the run.
  • Olivet outscored the Scots 18-12 in the second quarter to tie the game at 35 at the break.
  • Alma began the second half on a 13-3 run to take a 10 point lead, its biggest of the game. Barnauskas posted six points over the run: two layups and two free throws. The Comets, however, chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 53 by the end of the quarter.
  • The two teams traded the lead four times in the fourth quarter. Alma took a six point lead, their largest of the quarter, with 6:38 remaining after a three-pointer by Hill, but those points would be its last. Olivet closed the game on a 10-0 run over the final 3:46.


  • Hill played every minute of the game and registered new career-highs in points (18), three-pointers made (four) and assists (six). Barnauskas ended one point shy of her career-high.
  • Long posted a new career-high in rebounds with 13, as did Eldridge with 11.
  • The Scots assisted on 22 of their 25 made shots.
  • Alma held Olivet to 33.8-percent (23-of-68) shooting from the field. Both teams were below average from deep: Alma shot 29.4-percent (5-of-17) from three while Olivet shot 27.8-percent (10-of-36).
  • Alma outrebounded the Comets 43-35, including 30-19 on the defensive boards.
  • Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) posted both of Alma's blocks in the game, matching her season total entering the game.

Up Next

Alma has eight days off until its next game. It will host Adrian on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director

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