The Alma College women's basketball team hosted MIAA foe Kalamazoo College on Wednesday evening at Art Smith Arena. The Scots were defeated by the Hornets 76-50 to drop to 0-18 on the season and 0-9 in the league. Kalamazoo improved to 11-7 in 2013-14 and 7-3 in the MIAA.
The first half was a comparison in runs as both teams had them early and Kalamazoo had one later that was the difference in the margin for the first 20 minutes. The Hornets jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first three minutes before Alma responded with eight straight to take a 8-6 advantage at the 15:20 mark on a Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) three-pointer.
Kalamazoo scored the next five points for a 11-8 lead, while the Scots responded with the subsequent next seven points to take a 15-11 lead at 13:17 on a jump shot by Pruett. However, the next run would prove to be a difference maker in the half and ultimately the game. The Hornets outscored Alma by a mark of 17-0 over the next eight minutes and led 28-15.
That run ultimately concluded at 29-5 as the visitors expanded their advantage to 20 points, 40-20, as the teams headed into the halftime break.
The second half was played evenly throughout, but the Hornets were able to keep the Scots at bay and not allow them to get into a groove and cut into the deficit. The closest Alma would come during the final 20 minutes was 17 after a jumper by So. F Faith Weier (Lake Fenton/Lake Fenton) made it 42-25 with 16:27 remaining in the game.
Kalamazoo responded by increasing their lead to 22 and kept it around that margin for the rest of the contest. The Hornets used that consistency to walk off the court with the 76-50 road victory over the Scots.
Pruett led the Scots with 11 points, while So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) was next with 10 and added two steals. In addition, So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) also had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
The Scots were done in by poor shooting from the field as they ended the contest at 27% (17 of 64), including four of 24 from beyond the arc and were also not helped by 21 offensive turnovers. Kalamazoo finished the contest at 44% (31 of 70) from the floor and made four of 14 three-point attempts. The Hornets also led on the boards by a margin of 51-38.
Alma continues their 2013-14 season on Saturday afternoon when they play at Olivet College. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.