On Sunday afternoon, the Alma College women's basketball team concluded their first weekend of action in the 2013-14 season by taking on host Guilford College (NC) in the second day of the Marriott Invitational in Guilford.
The Scots fell behind big early, fought back to get close, but ultimately fell to the Quakers by a score of 59-53. The loss dropped Alma to 0-2 on the young season after losing to Roanoke College yesterday.
"Even though we lost both games, I believe we had a very good weekend," remarked Scots Head Coach Keisha Brown. "The team got better each day and today's game was more of what I expect us to look like this season - strong and competitive. This will be a fun and exciting team to watch."
The game was a defensive, hard-fought battle throughout, but the Scots dug themselves an early hole that they struggled to get out of the remainder of the game. The Quakers scored the first seven points before Alma So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) hit a free throw to make it 7-1 at the 17:14 mark of the first half.
Guilford extended their lead to 13-3 with 15:10 remaining in the half and maintained an advantage throughout the first frame. After the Quakers secured their biggest lead at 27-15 at the 3:13 mark, the Scots scored the final three points of the half to trail by nine, 27-18, at halftime.
Zink hit a three-pointer 34 seconds into the second half to make the score 27-21, but Guilford is a solid team that remained calm, eventually extending their advantage to 38-26 at the 13:29 mark.
However, these Scots look as though they are going to be a resilient bunch and they showed that today. A 12-3 run cut Alma's deficit to 41-38 on a lay-up by Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) with 9:15 left in the game.
The hometown Quakers were not to be denied on this day however, and extended their lead to 56-46 at the 3:19 mark. Again Alma showed no quit and refused to go quietly into the North Carolina night. Zink hit a lay-up to cut the lead to 57-53 with just 40 seconds to go.
But two final free throws by Guilford and a couple of missed shots by the Scots ended the contest with the Quakers holding on to the six-point victory, 59-53.
As a team, Alma shot 31% (18 of 58) on the day and finished five of 21 from beyond the three-point line. In addition, the Scots connected on 12 of 22 free throws and were even with Guilford on the boards, 38-38. The Quakers finished at 40% (22 of 55) from the field, including six of 19 in three-pointers. They hit on nine of 14 from the charity stripe.
Hansen led all Scots scorers with 13 points and had four rebounds, while So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) finished with 12 points and five boards. Zink contributed eight points and had a team-high six rebounds.
Alma next plays on Wednesday night when they host Defiance College in the 2013-14 home opener at Art Smith Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.