Despite having the lead at halftime, the Alma College women's basketball team fell to Hanover (IN) 79-71 on day two of the Amy Hashbrook Memorial Tournament hosted by Depauw University.
With the loss, the Scots dropped to 0-12 on the year and finished fourth in the four team tournament. With the win, Hanover placed third in the tournament and brought its record to 4-6 overall.
Both teams exchanged baskets to start to game, back to back layups by So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) would give the Scots the 4-2 advantage to start the half. The Panthers would cut the lead to one before Alma would string together five-straight points to take the 11-5 lead with just under 15 minutes remaining in the half.
A layup by Fr. G Tara Padgett (Freeland/Freeland) at 7:52 to stretch the Scots advantage to 10 at 21-11. Hanover would tie the score at 30-30 with a free throw but a late layup by Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) would give Alma the 33-31 lead heading into the locker room.
The 33-31 half-time lead was the first time the Scots held the lead heading into the second half since November 24, when they led Finlandia 43-40.
The Panthers started the second half with a 6-0 run to take the 37-33 lead but a jumper by Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) closed the gap to just one (40-39) at 17:28. Despite strong play by Hansen in the second half, Alma was unable to get any closer than six and eventually fell to Hanover 79-71 on Monday.
The Scots continued their season-long shooting struggles and were only able to connect on 28-of-71 shots (39%) from the floor while knocking down just one of 16 triples. Alma held the rebounding advantage 48-37, but committed 34 turnovers on the evening.
Hansen recorded her second-straight double double for Alma, finishing with a team-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. Pruett added 17 points, six rebounds and five steals while So. F Faith Weier (Lake Fenton/Lake Fenton) chipped in with seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds off the bench.
Kelsey Block led the Panthers with 16 points off the bench and Caitlin Bischoff and Ashley Mallory both finished with 15 points in the win.
Pruett, who had 14 points in the first game, finished the two-day competition with nine rebounds and six steals to go with her 31 total points. For her efforts, she was named to the All-Tournament team upon the conclusion of the event.
The Scots return to the Art Smith Arena on Saturday, January 4, for an MIAA contest against Saint Mary's College (IN) at 3:00 p.m.