Hengesbach's Career Night Leads Scots To Victory

Hengesbach's Career Night Leads Scots To Victory

Kalamazoo, Mich.– The Alma College women's basketball team kicked off the new year with victory over the Kalamazoo College Hornets Wednesday (Jan. 2) by a score of 65-48. Sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) scored a career-high 18 points on nine of 12 shooting. With the win, Alma is 7-7 overall and 2-3 in MIAA action. 

What Happened 

  • The Scots trailed for the first five minutes of the game until freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) knocked down a three to take the lead, 7-6. Alma held to a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter. 
  • Alma was able to grow its lead to eight in the early parts of the second, but the Hornets clawed their way back and the score was tied 21-21 with just over 90 seconds remaining in the half. Sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) then hit a three pointer to take the lead. The Scots would never trail again for the rest of the game after that. 
  • An 11-0 run by the Scots during the third help cushion the Alma lead. After Kalamazoo cut the lead to five late in the period, Hengesbach made a pair of layups on back-to-back possessions and the Scots were up seven heading to the fourth. 
  • Hengesbach opened the scoring on the Scots first offensive possession of the final quarter. Senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) made a three to increase the lead to 12. Barnauskas hit another from beyond the arc to make it 53-39. From there, the Hornets were unable to get within single digits for the rest of the night. 

Notables 

  • Barnauskas was the other Scot to score in double figures with 12. 
  • Eldridge and Warchock each scored nine and grabbed nine rebounds. Barnauskas and sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) each added eight boards as the Scots won the battle off the glass, 55-45. 
  • The Scots limited the Hornets to only shoot 24 percent from the floor and allowed the lowest amount of points this season. 
  • This was the largest margin of victory for Alma this season. 

Up Next

The Scots look for another conference victory on Saturday (Jan. 5) when Calvin College comes to town for a 3 p.m. tip off. 

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