Alma, Mich. -The Alma College women's basketball team hung tough with No. 3 Hope College on Wednesday (Jan. 10) evening, but eventually fell to the Flying Dutch 82-64. Alma is now 1-13 overall and 0-7 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association while Hope improves to 15-0 and 6-0.
Emily Long (Dayton, Ohio / Arch Bishop Alter) led the Scots in scoring for the second straight game with a career-high 14 points. Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) posted 11 points and five rebounds while Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) had five points, four rebounds and three blocks off the bench.
Hope's Madison Geers scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Francesca Buchanan was close behind with 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
How It Happened
- In the first quarter, Hope built a four-point lead before the Scots hit a pair of three-pointers, including one by Chloee King (Standish, Mich. / Standish-Sterling Central) as the shot clock expired to tie the game at 12. The next possession, Hill stole the ball and raced for a layup to give Alma a 14-12 advantage. Hope closed the gap late in the frame to tie the game, 16-16, at the first break.
- Alma got out to a 26-22 lead in the second quarter thanks to a three-pointer by Hill before the teams began firing from three-point range, connecting on five straight three-pointers as Hope regained the advantage at 31-29. The Dutch entered the break up by four at 37-33.
- The third quarter opened with a 14-3 run as Hope built a 51-36 lead and never looked back. The Flying Dutch shot 53 percent in the third quarter, connecting on nine of their 17 shots from the field and outscoring Alma 23-13. Hope held a double-digit advantage for the majority of the second half.
- Alma scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the fourth quarter and held the Flying Dutch to 33 percent shooting, but Alma only got to within 12 points of Hope.
- This is the second consecutive game Emily Long has recorded a new career-high in points. She also set a new career-high in field goals made with six.
- Ashtyn Maniez (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis) scored a season-high eight points and tied her season-highs in field goals made, three-pointers made, free throws made and minutes played.
- Jessie Jordan (Mason, Mich. / Williamston) dished out a career-high three assists in six minutes.
- Hope outdid Alma on the boards 38-23, including 17-4 on the offensive end.
- Twenty-four field goals and 50 percent shooting are the best Alma has done in its last six games, dating back to December 19.
- The Scots made 10 of their 11 free throws in the game, easily their highest free throw percentage this season.
Alma will travel to Albion, Mich. to face the Britons on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director