Alma, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team fell to No. 10 Hope College Saturday (Feb. 2) by a score of 83-51. Freshman guard Oretha Humphries (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public) shined with a career-high and game-high 20 points for the Scots. The loss moves Alma's record to 10-11 overall and 5-7 in MIAA play while the Flying Dutch are now 17-3 on the season and 9-2 in conference.
- The game started out as a defensive battle with both teams combining for only 10 points total through the first seven minutes. Junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) made a nice move into the paint with the shot clock winding down. She then put up a floater and it was nothing but net to cut the lead to four.
- Both the Scots and Flying Dutch found their scoring touch in the second quarter. Senior forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) hit Alma's first three pointer of the day in the corner with the assist coming from Humphries. The freshman was able to go coast to coast in the final seconds of the half, and draw a foul right before the buzzer. Humphries knocked down both shots from the charity stripe as the Scots only trailed by nine heading to the locker room.
- Alma came out firing to start the third quarter as they looked to knock off the nationally-ranked Flying Dutch. Humphries nailed a triple in the Scots first possession. The Scots were able to make it a five-point-game thanks to sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) making a layup, drawing a foul and hitting the and one. That would be closest the game would get though for the rest of the day as Hope went on a 5-0 run to make it a double-digit game again.
- Down 13 later in the third, sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) grabbed a rebound and went all the way to the bucket where she bodied through the defender and put the ball off the glass and in. Humphries surpassed her previous career-high of 15 late in the period by hitting a free throw.
- Hope began to stretch out their lead in the fourth as the Scots just could not keep up. Sophomore forward Emily Long (Dayton, Ohio / Arch Bishop Alter) was set up by Barnauskas for a long two pointer and she drained it for her first make of the day. Humphries put a bookend on her career-night with another layup with just over three minutes left. The guard did not play in the final two minutes of the game.
- Along with a career-high scoring day, Humphries tied a career-high for minutes played with 33. She also was a perfect 5-5 from the line.
- Hengesbach was the team's next top scorer with 11 points, the sophomore also tallied a team-high seven rebounds.
- The Scots shot 90 percent from the charity stripe, the second highest percentage this season for the team. But they only got to the line a total of 10 times.
- Both Alma and Hope finished with 38 rebounds each.
The Scots get only one day off with a big conference matchup coming up on Monday (Feb. 4). Alma will travel to Calvin College for a 7:30 p.m. tip off. Both teams are in a three-way tie for fifth place in the MIAA with four games left. Only the top six teams earn berths into the postseason tournament.