Alma, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team (14-11, 9-7 MIAA) defeated Adrian College (9-16, 5-11 MIAA) by a score of 64-51 on Senior Day where forward Madeline Barnauskas (Livonia, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child) and guard Alexandria Bilbo (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) as well as Student Manager Brooke Jackman were honored before the game.
Barnauskas led all players with 15 points and nine rebounds in the game. The Scots shot 40 percent from the floor. As part of Alma's current four-game winning streak, the Scots have shot at least 40 percent in all four wins.
Alma heads to the MIAA Tournament as the No. 4 Seed. They will host the No. 5 Seed Calvin College in the first round on Tuesday (Feb. 19) at 7 p.m.
- The game got off to slow start with the Scots still looking for their first made field goal three minutes into the game. Freshman guard Oretha Humphries (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public) broke the ice with a triple to give Alma a two-point lead.
- Down three later in the first, freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) nailed one from beyond the arc to tie the game at nine. A minute later, Barnauskas followed it up with the traditional three-point play with a made jumper and the and one. The Scots would never trail for the rest of the game after that.
- The second quarter was a defensive battle with both teams causing a combined 15 turnovers in the period. The Scots struggled to shoot during the second but outrebounded the Bulldogs 13-7 in the quarter alone with four coming each from junior guard Hannah Syme (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) and sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba). Alma took a 10-point advantage heading into halftime.
- The Scots found their stride in the third opening up the quarter with a 13-4 run. Barnauskas contributed six points during the run while junior guard Madison Hill (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) earned five. The lead went all the way to 18 late in the quarter thanks to Warchock's second three pointer of the day.
- Adrian started to chip away at the Scots lead in the fourth. The Bulldogs were able to make it a 10-point game with three minutes left. After Hill grabbed the offensive board on a long possession, Humphries drained a long two-point jumper to make the difference 12 with just over two minutes remaining. Syme knocked down a trey in the final minute to put the game to rest as Alma earned the season sweep of the Bulldogs.
- Hill and Humphries each added 12 points for the Scots. Hill also grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists. The junior now has 102 helpers this season, tied for the 10thmost in program history for a single season. Hill moved up to ninth on the program's all-time assists list with 248 in her career.
- The Scots grabbed 50 rebounds, the fourth most in a game this season.
- Alma is 10-2 when they shoot at least 40 percent from the field.
- 14 regular season wins and nine MIAA victories are the most for the program since the 2003-2004 season. The Scots will also be playing in their first home playoff game on Tuesday for the first time since 2005.
What He Said
"No better way to end the regular season than with a win on Senior Day. It wasn't always pretty today but we found a way to get it done and I'm so happy for this group and for our senior class especially. The best thing is we aren't done playing yet."
-Head Coach Ryan Clark
Alma now prepares for the Conference Tournament. They will go to head-to-head with a Calvin team they beat both times they met this season.