On Saturday afternoon, the Alma College women's basketball team fell behind to host Hope College 11-0, and it only got worse from there for the Scots. The visitors ended up enduring a 101-67 thumping at the hands of the Flying Dutch.
With loss, Alma fell to 0-7 on the season and 0-2 in the MIAA, while Hope improved to 7-0 in 2013-14, including a 3-0 mark in the league.
Down 11-0, the Scots got on the board when Fr. G Tara Padgett (Freeland/Freeland) connected on a three-point attempt at the 16:24 mark of the first half. However, Hope had another run and Alma found themselves down 20-6 with 12:14 remaining in the first frame.
The Flying Dutch methodically hammered away at the Scots, leading 43-15 at the 5:09 mark and ultimately 57-30 at halftime. Hope shot 49% (19 of 40), including five of 10 from beyond the arc in the half, while the Scots were at 39% (10 of 26) and four of nine in three's.
The second half was any less miserable for the Scots as Hope had advantages of 68-35 (16:42) and 80-37 (9:41) en route to the final margin of victory of 101-67. In the final 20 minutes, the Flying Dutch shot 50% (18 of 36) with four of eight in three-pointers, while Alma was good on 30% (8 of 27) of their shots, including two of 13 from beyond the three-point line.
Padgett led the Scots with 19 points and was three of five in three-pointers and had three steals in 31 minutes. So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) had 10 points and seven rebounds, while So. F Faith Weier (Lake Fenton/Lake Fenton) finished with a team-high eight boards and had four points.
The Scots next play on December 14 when they host Olivet College in a MIAA tilt at Art Smith Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.