Women's Basketball falls to top-ranked Depauw University 70-40 on Sunday night

Women's Basketball falls to top-ranked Depauw University 70-40 on Sunday night

The Alma College women's basketball team traveled to Depauw (IN) to participate in the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament on Sunday evening. The Scots fell to the host Tigers 70-40 in the opening round of the two-day event.

With the loss, Alma drops to 0-11 on the year while No. 1 Depauw improves to 9-0 overall en route to collecting its 43rd-straight victory.

Depauw started the game on an 8-0 run before a triple by Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) brought the Scots within five at 8-3 with just under 17 minutes to go in the half.

Jr. G Cora Essenmacher (Royal Oak/Royal Oak) knocked down a three at 9:45 to keep Alma within seven at 15-8 - that would be as close as the Scots would get as the Tigers ended the half on a 26-10 run to take the 41-18 advantage into the locker room. 

Depauw started the second half on an 8-2 run to extend the lead to 49-20 at 16:27. The Tigers maintained the lead for the remainder of the half and took the 70-40 victory on their home court.

The Scots struggled shooting the ball on Sunday, connecting on just 14-of-51 shots from the field and hitting just three of 17 triples. Alma finished with 33 rebounds while committing 20 turnovers. 

Pruett led the Scots with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting while adding three rebounds in a team-high 37 minutes played. Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) recorded a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday.

Alison Stephens paced Depauw with 12 points and 14 rebounds while Savannah Trees added a team-high 13 points in the victory.

Alma returns to action tomorrow for day two of the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament when they take on Hanover College (IN) beginning at 4:00 p.m. (EST). The Panthers are 3-6 on the season.