The Alma College women's basketball team opened up the MIAA portion of their schedule on Wednesday evening when they traveled to Kalamazoo to take on the Hornets. The Scots had a tough evening, falling to the home-court Hornets by a score of 79-57.
With the loss, Alma is now 0-6 on the season in addition to 0-1 in the league. Kalamazoo, who earned their first win of the year, improved to 1-4 overall and are 1-0 in the MIAA.
The first basket of the game went to the Scots when Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) put in a lay-up 29 seconds in for a 2-0 lead. The game would be tied at 5-5 before Kalamazoo would go on a run and lead 21-9. The Scots answered with a 7-0 spurt that ended with a jumper by Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) to make it 21-16 at the 8:03 mark.
However, a following 7-0 run by the Hornets made it 28-16 and the two teams basically traded hoops the rest of the frame. At the end of the first 20 minutes, Kalamazoo held a 44-30 advantage after shooting 56% from the field (18 of 32) with three of five in three-pointers. Alma shot 48% (13 of 27), including two of seven from beyond the arc but turned the ball over 10 times in the half.
The second half did not go much better for the visiting Scots and they found themselves down by a score of 51-32 just three minutes into the frame. The closest Alma could come from that point on was 14 points, at 58-44, when So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) hit two free throws. The Hornets controlled play for the rest of the game and walked off the court with the final margin of victory at 79-57.
So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) led all Alma scorers with 16 points and added five rebounds. Adams was next with 11 points and notched six boards, while Pruett finished with nine points, a team-high eight rebounds and three assists.
For the game, the Scots shot 35% (19 of 54) from the field, including a dismal three of 16 in three-pointers. By contrast, the Hornets finished at 48% (27 of 56) with seven three's on 16 attempts. The Hornets held a 39-35 rebound advantage, while the Scots turned the ball over 20 times in the loss.
Up next for Alma is a league matchup at Hope College on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.