Holland, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team fell, 69-61, to Benedictine University Friday (Nov. 16) at the Hope College Tip Off Classic. Junior guard Hannah Syme (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) had a career-high eight rebounds for the Scots.
- Alma came out swinging taking an early 4-0 lead. Junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) hit a jumper to make it 8-4 halfway through the first quarter. The Scots defense was superb allowing only eight point the first 10 minutes of play. In the final 30 seconds, freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) hit the first three of the game to give Alma a five-point lead heading to the second.
- Syme kept the strong play going when she nailed a shot from beyond the arc to make it, 16-8, Warchock followed it up with another trey to give the Scots their largest lead of the night, up 11. The Eagles would come back and take a five-point lead heading into halftime.
- The Scots tried to keep up with Benedictine in the third quarter. Sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview), freshman guard Oretha Humphries (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public) and sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) all made jumpers for Alma.
- Alma started to cut into the Eagles with just over seven minutes remaining when Humphries made a jumper and senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) followed it up with a three to make it a nine-point game. Hill scored the final points of the game with 15 seconds left.
- Barnauskas and Hill were Alma's leading scorers with nine points each.
- Along with her eight rebounds, Syme contributed six points and four steals.
- Eldridge tied with Syme with most rebounds for the Scots.
- Alma shot better from the charity stripe and outrebounded the Eagles
The Scots have a quick turnaround as they continue play at Hope. They will face off with MacMurray College at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 17).