Alma, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team lost in its conference opener Saturday (Dec. 1) to No. 12 Trine University (IN) by a score of 77-46. Senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) led the Scots with 10 points going five of 13 from the floor. Alma suffers its first loss in five games and drops to 5-3 overall. Trine now sits at 6-1 overall and 1-0 in MIAA play.
- The Thunder struck early shooting over 50 percent from the floor in the opening quarter including 3 three pointers made. Sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) came off the bench to put down two buckets for the Scots.
- Freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) hit a three to open up the scoring in the second quarter. She would nail another trey and two free throws to score all eight of her points on the day in the second period.
- Barnuaskas found her scoring touch in the third quarter, she hit four shots to earn eights points for the Scots in the third.
- As Trine continued to increase their lead in the fourth, Alma receieved a highlight play from junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) when she stole a Thunder pass and took all the way back to the rack for the bucket. In the final seconds, sophomore forward Emily Long (Dayton, Ohio / Arch Bishop Alter) picked up an offensive rebound, drew a foul and made two free throws to score the final points of the game.
- Sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) had a game-high seven rebounds to go along with her six points.
- Hill led all players with 37 minutes played. The junior has been averaging over 36 minutes on the floor a game this season.
- The Scots outrebounded the Thunder, 33-32, with 17 offensive boards.
- Alma had another solid day from the line, going eight of nine from the charity stripe.
- A season-high 22 turnovers by the Scots is what proved costly. Trine scored 20 points off them.
Alma continues conference play on Wednesday (Dec. 5) at Adrian College for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.