In search of their first victory of the season, the Alma College women's basketball team traveled to Trine University, another team winless in the league, on Wednesday night.
However, that elusive win would not come on this night as the Thunder clapped down on the Scots by a margin of 79-57.
With the defeat, Alma is now 0-16 overall and 0-7 in the MIAA, while Trine improved to 1-5 in the league and 4-11 in 2013-14.
The Scots actually started out relatively quickly tonight and held a 5-2 lead 1:37 into the contest after a three-point basket by Fr. G Nicole Green (Portland/Portland). An 11-2 run gave Trine a 13-7 advantage before a 12-6 Scots stretch ended at 17-14 with a jumper by So. F Faith Weier (Lake Fenton/Lake Fenton) at the 12:32 mark of the half.
However, a 13-0 run by Trine started to tell the story of the game and their biggest lead of the first frame was 18 at one point. The Scots kept fighting, but still trailed 42-29 as both teams headed into the break.
In the second half, the visitors were a game bunch and cut their deficit to eight points, at 44-36, when So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) hit two free throws with 16:22 remaining in the game. However, a 13-2 Trine run gave them a 57-38 lead at 12:29 and that margin would prove to be insurmountable for the Scots.
The Thunder recorded their biggest lead at 29 points, 72-43, with 6:37 remaining and rode off into the night with a final 79-57 margin of victory.
Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) led Alma with 13 total points, while Fr. G/F Kaitlyn Kendall (Farmington Hills/North Farmington) was next with nine points. As a team, the Scots shot 32% (17 of 53), including six of 19 in three-pointers. Trine finished at 50% (31 of 62) from the field and connected on four of 11 from beyond the arc.
The Thunder controlled the boards by a margin of 41-33, while the Scots finished with 27 turnovers to Trine's 26.
On Saturday afternoon, Adrian College comes to Alma for the next MIAA contest of the season. Tip off at Art Smith Arena is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.