Spring Arbor, Mich. –The Alma College women's basketball team won, 58-56, on the road against Spring Arbor University Saturday (Nov. 24). Sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) led all players in points (17) and rebounds (10) to record her first double-double of the season. The Scots picked up their third-straight victory and improve to 4-2 on the year.
- Coming off her six-block performance last game, Sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) started the day off with swatting the ball out of a Spring Arbor player's hands in their first possession of the game.
- The Scots started slow offensively while the Cougars hit four three pointers in the opening quarter.
- Alma started to get things rolling in the second, sophomore forward Jessie Jordan (Mason, Mich. / Williamston) hit a three to start the scoring. Eldridge scored eight of her 17 points in the second as they trailed by seven heading into the locker room.
- The third quarter ended up being the Scots highest scoring period. A great transition play occurred when down four, Hengesbach blocked a shot in front of the basket and the ball got up court to freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) who hit a lay up high off the glass to cut into the lead.
- Warchock hit a three with just over 30 seconds left and then just before the buzzer sounded at the end of the quarter the guard made another to make it a two-point game heading into the final quarter.
- Eldridge gave Alma its first lead since early in the first when she hit two free throws to make it, 50-48. Hengesbach made a shot to make it 56-54 with 1:55 remaining. From there the Scots would hold off the Cougars with some big stops in the final moments.
- The Scots shot over 90 percent from the free throw line, going 20-22. Junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) scored all 11 of her points from the charity stripe. Eight of Alma's 12 points in the final quarter came from free throws.
- Warchock was Alma's second leading scorer with a career-high 16 points.
- Alma received 24 points off the bench compared to Spring Arbor's six.
- This was the most disciplined game this season by the Scots with only 12 team fouls.
What He Said
"So proud of how we responded to their hot shooting to start the game. We really dug in and played tough in the second half on defense and amped up our agressiveness on the offensive end and got to the line to knock down some critical free throws." -Head Coach Ryan Clark
Another road game is on the horizon for Alma. They head to Indiana to play Anderson University on Tuesday (Nov. 27). Tip off set for 7:30 p.m.