Alma, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team lost, 75-55, to the Albion College Britons Saturday (Jan. 12). Sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) picked up her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The defeat drops the Scots record to 8-9 this season while their MIAA record is now 3-5. The Britons are now 13-2 and 6-1 in conference play.
- The first quarter featured multiple runs as Albion got off to a quick 13-2 lead. A pair of three pointers by junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) and another triple by junior guard Hannah Thelen (Pewamo, Mich. / Pewamo Westphalia) help cut into the lead. Then Brandt hit two layups on back-to-back possessions to cap off a 10-0 run by the Scots that made it a 21-19 game.
- The game was close for the opening minutes of the second with senior forward Madeline Barnauskas hitting a jumper to tie the game, 27-27. The Britons would take back control though and an 8-0 run put them back up by 10 with over two minutes left in the period. The Scots were able to execute the perfect play in the final seconds of the half when Thelen found Barnauskas open at the top of the key and the senior nailed down the three to cut the deficit to 11 at the break.
- The second half was a low scoring affair with both teams providing some strong defense. The Scots and Britons each scored 12 in the third frame of the game as Alma could not make it a single digit game. Thelen hit a layup off the glass to settle the score at 58-48. That would be the closest the Scots would get for the rest of the day.
- Albion started to add a cushion to their lead as the game reached its conclusion. The Scots got the crowd going when sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) converted the traditional three-point play by making a layup, drawing the foul and hitting the free throw. That made it a 13-point game but the Britons in the end ran away with the win.
- Barnauskas scored a team-high 14 points on five of 11 shooting from the floor. The senior also added five rebounds.
- Hill had a game-high four assists and added six points coming from her two three-pointers made.
- The Scots outrebounded the Britons, 35-34, they also received more points from their bench with 24 compared to Albion's three.
- At Halftime, the 1988-1989 team was honored for the 30th anniversary of their MIAA Championship-winning season. Members of the team as well as former head coach Charlie Gofnett were in attendance.
Alma has a week off before their next opponent, Trine University, on Saturday, January 19. The Scots will look for the road upset over the nationally-ranked Thunder before coming home for a pair of home games the following week. The next home game for the team comes Wednesday, January 23 against Olivet College for a 5 p.m. tipoff.