The Alma College women's basketball team hit the road on Saturday afternoon with the goal of recording their first win of the season with an upset of MIAA foe Calvin College in Grand Rapids. However, as the old phrase goes - "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry".
The Knights played a solid game and were helped by Alma miscues en route to a 91-31 victory over the Scots. With the loss, Alma is now 0-15 on the season and 0-6 in the MIAA, while Calvin improved to 8-5 in 2013-14 and 3-2 in the league.
The Scots were a determined bunch that hit the court for tip-off today but things just didn't click no matter how hard they competed. Alma trailed 9-6 at the 17:19 mark of the first half after Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) put in a lay-up. However, the Knights then went on a run of 16-0 before a free throw by Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) made it 25-7 at 12:28.
Alma did score four ponts in a row at one point to cut the deficit to 35-11 after a jumper by So. F Faith Weier (Lake Fenton/Fenton). However, it was mostly a tough final 12 plus minutes for the Scots as Calvin put together runs of 10-0 and 17-2 to take the commanding 52-13 lead into the halftime break.
The woes for the Scots in the first frame included poor shooting from the floor and 23 turnovers - a bad formula for success against a good team on the road.
For those hoping for a better second half, the final 20 minutes were a disappointment. The Knights scored the first eight points of the frame to take a 60-13 lead with 15:17 remaining. It was a 45-point Alma deficit at 65-20 with 12:35 left and then it was 82-22 at the 5:36 mark.
This all led to the final score of 91-31 as Alma's overall losing streak was stretched to 17 games dating back to last season.
As a team, Head Coach Keisha Brown's squad shot just 21% overall (10-47) on the day, including zero from six from three-point land. The killer stat for the Scots was 36 team turnovers to go with just three defensive steals. Calvin finished the game at 46% (35-76) from the floor and were good on six of 23 from beyond the arc.
Pruett, Weier and So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) led Alma with eights points a piece, while Weier also had a team-high seven rebounds. Pruett and Zink each drained four free throws to contribute to their point totals and Pruett also had two steals.
The 2013-14 campaign marches on as Alma travels to Angola, Ind. on Wednesday night to take on Trine University in a match-up of two teams in search of their first league win. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.