On a icy afternoon just days from the holiday season, the Scots women's basketball team hosted the visiting Franklin College Grizzlies on Friday at Art Smith Arena. The Grizzlies defied the weather outside and rode hot 56% shooting en route to a convincing 89-59 victory over the Scots.
With the defeat, Alma is now 0-10 on the season, while Franklin improved to 4-6 in 2013-14.
Both teams came out ready to play and the energy was positive on both ends. Alma took a 5-4 advantage on free throws by Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) at the 17:48 mark of the first half.
The Grizzlies went on a 10-1 run to take a 14-4 lead with 13:22 remaining in the half. It was a pretty even half from that point as the Scots cut their deficit to 22-16 on a So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) jumper at 8:43. Franklin was able to extend the advantage to 14 points on three different occasions, before ultimately heading into halftime with a 41-27 lead.
Continuing what has been a trend this season, the second half was not kind to the Scots. Franklin outscored the hosts by a margin of 12-5 in the first 4:55 of the second frame and led 53-32. The Grizzlies found a groove and kept on the pressure, eventually expanding their advantage to 29 points at 70-41 with 9:22 remaining.
The teams basically played even the rest of the way as the Grizzlies coasted to a 30-point victory and walked off the court with the 89-59 win. Franklin connected on 37 of 66 shots (56%) and had four three-pointers on 11 attempts, while Alma finished at 37% (22 of 60), including seven of 24 from beyond the arc.
The Scots finished with 38 rebounds to Franklin's 37, but Alma had 23 turnovers to just 13 for the Grizzlies. Franklin ended the day with 15 steals and the Scots had six takeaways.
Pruett had a season-high 20 points (four three-pointers) to lead the Scots and added seven rebounds and three assists. Zink was next with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists, while Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) added seven boards.
The Scots will conclude their 2013 calendar year scheduled with games at the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament at DePauw University (IN) on December 29 and 30.
Alma will take on the host Tigers, ranked #1 in the nation on the first day and then play either #14 Ithaca College or Hanover University on the 30th.
Tip-off for the game against DePauw on the 29th is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.