On Saturday afternoon, the Alma College women's basketball team began their 2013-14 season on the road at Guilford College (NC) in day one of the Marriott Invitational.
The Scots took on the Maroons of Roanoke College and dropped an 83-68 decision. Day two on Sunday will see Alma take on host Guilford in the final game of the early season tournament.
The game was close throughout the first half and after Alma went on an 8-2 run midway through the frame, the Scots had a 24-18 with just under eight minutes remaining in the half. However, true to form in the first 20 minutes, the Maroons fought back and the teams ended up deadlocked at 37-37 at halftime.
After the game was tied at 42-42 at the 18:01 mark of the second half, Roanoke (picked 7th in the ODAC) went on a 12-0 run that gave them the 54-42 advantage with 15:44 left in the game. The Scots never recovered from this point on, and the Maroons methodically built their advantage to 22 points (79-57) with just 4:27 remaining. The teams basically traded baskets the rest of the way, and Roanoke walked off the court with the decisive 15-point victory.
As a team, Alma shot 41% for the game (26 of 64), including five of 17 in three point attempts, while Roanoke hit on 38% of their shots (22 of 58) and were eight of 20 from beyond the arc.
A key difference in the game ended up at the foul line where the Scots hit on 11 of 16 attempts and the Maroons connected on 31 of a whopping 44 attempts - a 20-point difference.
Rebounding edge went to Alma by a slim margin of 44-43, while the turnover ratio favored the Maroons as the Scots had 21 to Roanoke's 14. The biggest lead of the game for Alma was six points at the 7:59 mark of the first half, while the Maroons led by a game-high 22 points with 4:29 remaining in the game.
Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) led all Alma scorers with 18 and added nine rebounds. So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) had 14 points and five boards, while Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Tomorrow's game against Guilford is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.