Freshmen Lead Women's Basketball To High Scoring Victory

Freshmen Lead Women's Basketball To High Scoring Victory

Alma, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team (10-10, 5-6 MIAA) defeated Kalamazoo College (0-19, 0-10) Saturday (Jan. 26) by a score of 76-47 in the Scots' annual Angel Wings Benefit Game. Freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) had a team-high 15 points on five three-pointers made. Freshman guard Oretha Humphries (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public) also had an impressive night with 14 points on six-of-10 shooting along with grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists.  

What Happened

  • The only time the Scots trailed was in the opening minute when the Hornets nailed a triple to get on the scoreboard. Junior guard Hannah Thelen (Pewamo, Mich. / Pewamo Westphalia) answered 20 seconds later with a trey of her own to tie the game. 
  • On the ensuing Kalamazoo possession, sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) stole the ball and Thelen set up sophomore forward Emily Long (Dayton, Ohio / Arch Bishop Alter) for a layup. Along with getting the bucket, Long drew the foul and hit the free throw for the three-point play to give Alma its first lead of the evening, one they would never give up the rest of the way. 
  • Alma continued to play well in the opening quarter shooting over 62 percent from the floor. A 19-3 run from when Kalamazoo was up 3-0 put the Scots in control od the game. Warchock made her first three of the night in the final minute of the period to give Alma a 10-point lead. 
  • The Scots kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second still shooting over 50 percent, Humphries hit a pair of threes on back-to back possessions to make it a 20 point game. By the end of the first half, the freshman already had 10 points and four rebounds as Alma led by 23 at the break. 
  • Second half started out with some history being made as Hengesbach blocked a jumper for her second block of the game. It was the sophomore's 92ndblock of her career putting her third all-time in program history. Warchcok found her groove nailing three triples in the third quarter.  
  • With a lead of 26 to start the final period, some fresh faces got some playing time. Sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) scored a pair of buckets including one where she bullied her way through the defense to make the basket. Junior guard Hannah Syme (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hill Eastern) had a wide open three look on the wing and she buried it. Eldridge's second score of the quarter pushed the lead to its highest of the game at 35. 
  • Sophomore guard Haley Trickey (Millington, Mich. / Millington) had a nice play late where she moved through the lane and put if off glass for her first points of the season. The Scots cruised the rest of the way to victory. 

Notables 

  • 51.7 shooting percentage is a new season-high for the Scots. They also surpassed the largest margin of victory for the year after setting it Wednesday (Jan. 23) against Olivet College. 
  • Hengesbach ended up with four blocks on the night. She has 94 in her career and is 11 away from second all-time. 
  • Sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) had one block putting her all alone for fifth all-time with 76. 
  • Sophomore forward Jessie Jordan (Mason, Mich. / Williamston) set a career-high for three blocks in game. Before tonight, Jordan had three blocks in her entire career. 
  • Thelen recorded a game-high four assists. She also had seven points and four rebounds. 
  • After losing both of last season's games to the Hornets, Alma earned the season sweep of Kalamazoo tonight. 
  • The Scots reach double digit wins in a season for the first time since 2006-2007. 

What He Said

"Proud of the way we started the game with our energy and aggresiveness. We realy kept our foot on the gas for the entire way and everyone was able to contribute in different ways." 

-Head Coach Ryan Clark 

Up Next 

Alma heads to Calvin College Wednesday (Jan. 30) with some major playoff implications on the line. With five games remaining, the Scots are tied for fifth in the conference with only one game back of fourth and a potential home playoff game. The Knights are one game behind Alma and, at the moment, on the outside of the playoff picture. Tip off will be at 7:30 p.m. 

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