The Alma College Women's Basketball team welcomed Siena Heights University to the Art Smith Arena on Tuesday evening. The Saints quickly wore out their welcome, defeating the Scots 82-47. With the loss, Alma drops to 0-9 overall while Siena Heights improves to 7-5 with the victory.
"My girls have made some progress in what they are doing and how they are playing," said Alma Head Coach Keisha Brown. "The bottom line is we have to start knocking down shots, we are not even shooting 50% from the field and that is not going to get it done ... that is the difference for us right now, we need to start making buckets."
Two free throws by So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) put the Scots up early 4-2 with just under 18 minutes to play in the first half. The Saints answered by scoring the next ten points to take the 12-4 lead at 14:36. A triple by Morgan Henry (Wayland/Wayland Union) cut the deficit to six (19-13) with just over 11 minutes remaining. Siena Heights strung together another run, this time 8-0, to extend its lead to 27-13 at 9:14.
After having the deficit grow to 20, Jr. G Cora Essenmacher (Royal Oak/Royal Oak) drained a three to bring Alma with 15 at 38-23. The Saints closed out the half scoring four unanswered to take the 42-23 advantage into the locker room.
The Scots shot just 39.1% from the field in the first half and only managed to hit three of their ten three pointers. The Scots committed 13 turnovers while forcing five and totaled one steal compared to eight by Sienna Heights.
The Saints started the second half with an 8-0 run to take the 50-25 lead with just under 16 minutes remaining. After a basket by So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) made it 50-27, Siena Heights scored nine unanswered to extend the advantage to 59-29. The Saints never looked back, ending the second half on a 11-2 to claim the 82-47 victory on Tuesday evening.
For the game, Alma shot 17-of-50 (34.0%) from the floor and just 4-of-15 (26.7%) from beyond the arc. The Scots struggled to hold on to the ball, committing 26 turnovers while forcing 16.
Zink was the only Scot in double figures Tuesday, finishing with 10 points in 28 minutes. Adams, Essenmacher and Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) all had six points and Fr. G Tara Padgett (Freeland/Freeland) added four off the bench.
Grace Howigon and Morgan Warfield both had 12 points for Sienna Heights, with Howrigon adding seven assists and six rebounds.
Alma remains at home on Friday, December 20, when they host Franklin College at 2:00 p.m.