On a snowy and blustery Saturday afternoon outside, the Alma College women's basketball team hosted Olivet College at Art Smith Arena in search of their first victory of the season. Unfortunately the Comets had different ideas and rode a very strong second half en route to a 99-51 league victory.
Alma is now 0-8 on the year, including 0-3 in the MIAA, while the Comets improved to 6-2 overall in 2013-14 and are now 1-1 in the league.
The Comets came out of the gate strong and built up a 15-4 lead at the 12:39 mark of the first half and consistently kept the Scots at bay for most of the frame. Olivet built their lead to 20 points at 37-17 with 3:53 remaining before Alma found some life and made a move.
The Scots finished the first 20 minutes on a 17-8 run and cut the Comets' lead to 45-34 at the break. Olivet shot 51% (20 of 39) in the first half and had three from beyond the arc, while Alma shot 40% (10 of 25) with two three-pointers.
The second half proved to be an abysmal 20 minutes for the hometown Scots as Olivet flew out of the locker room on a 10-2 run in the first five minutes for a 55-36 advantage. They never looked back and outscored Alma by a mark of 54-17 in the frame, taking control of the game.
Alma never let up, but the day was an uphill climb from the beginning and the Comets took advantage, doing what they needed to do to pull out the 48-point road victory. Olivet finished the game by shooting 58% from the field (42 of 73) and hit on five of six three-point attempts.
The Scots shot just 17% in the second half and ended the game at 26% (16 of 62), including four of 20 from beyond the arc. The Comets owned the boards as well, outrebounding Alma by a margin of 56-30, while the turnovers were pretty even as Alma had 22 to Olivet's 20.
Individually, the Scots were led by Fr. F Erica Hansen's (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) 13 points, while So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) finished with 12 points. So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) paced the Scots with six rebounds and Hansen added five.
The Scots will continue their quest for the elusive first win of the season on Tuesday night when they host Siena Heights University at Art Smith Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.