The Alma College women's basketball team hosted Adrian College on Saturday afternoon at Art Smith Arena still looking for their first win of the season. The Scots led 34-32 at halftime and it stayed that way for a good portion of the second half, before the visitors caught up and eventually pulled away for a 77-69 victory.
With the defeat, the Scots are now 0-17 on the season and 0-8 at the halfway point of the MIAA schedule.
The Scots played a solid and determined game all afternoon and it started right from the opening tip. Alma took a 4-0 lead in the first 1:08 as So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) hit a jumper and a lay-up to get the team going.
Adrian responded with six in a row and the two teams then found themselves tied at 10-10 six minutes into the game. The Bulldogs would build an eight-point advantage as they went on a 10-2 run before Alma scored seven in row to cut the lead to 20-19 after a lay-up by Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) at the 8:03 mark.
The Bulldogs led by six at 4:52 but the Scots ended the half on a 12-4 run and went into halftime with a 34-32 advantage over the visitors.
Alma was strong out of the gate in the second half and upped their lead to eight points at 47-39 after a lay-up by Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) with 15:11 left in the game. The Bulldogs scored the next seven points and you had the feeling this one was going down to the wire.
The Scots fought off the visitors until the 8:47 mark when Adrian put in a lay-up to go ahead 53-52. After the two teams were tied at 54-54 but after another lay-up by the Bulldogs, Alma would never regain the lead.
Adrian methodically pulled away from the Scots as the home team had some empty possessions offensively that cost them on the scoreboard. Adrian eventually led 75-65 with 2:08 remaining and was able to hold on for the final nine-point margin of victory.
Adams finished the afternoon with a team-high 19 points on eight of 11 shooting and added five rebounds and two steals. Next for the Scots were So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) with 15 points and Pruett with 14 points.
As a team, the Scots shot 45% from the field (25 of 56) and were three of 12 from beyond the three-point line. Adrian finished the game at 46% (24 of 52) shooting and hit on six of 19 from beyond the arc. Alma led on the boards 36-33 but had 25 turnovers to Adrian's 22.
The Scots are now off until Saturday, January 25 when they host Hope College. The MIAA tilt at Art Smith Arena is slated to start at 6:00 p.m.