Looking to avenge a 48-point December home loss versus Olivet College, the Scots women's basketball team hit the road on a snowy Saturday afternoon to take on the Comets in Olivet. The Scots played a spirited and determined game, but in the end, came up short by a final score of 63-53.
With the defeat, the Scots are now 0-19 on the season and 0-10 in the league, while the Comets improved to 17-3 in 2013-14 and 9-2 in the MIAA.
"I just want to say this is a special group of young ladies that I am very proud," said Alma Head Coach Keisha Brown. "They have kept it together all season and they have not lost their faith in one another, nor their belief in themselves. Today against Olivet, they slowed down and played within themselves. We just had too many empty possessions on the offensive side of the ball, but we are looking forward to the three games this week."
The Scots have fallen behind early in many games in 2013-14 and today was a reversal of fortunes for the visitors as they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after a jumper by So. F Faith Weier (Lake Fenton/Lake Fenton) at the 17:29 mark.
Alma still led at 14-8 with 10:31 remaining in the half, and after an 8-0 Olivet run, the Scots tied the contest at 16-16 when Fr. G Nicole Green (Portland/Portland) connected was good with a jumper at the 8:50 mark.
Another 8-0 run gave Olivet the 24-16 advantage but the Scots would close the gap to 26-22 after a three-pointer by So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) with 3:53 left in the frame. However, Olivet took control by ending the first 20 minutes on a 12-3 run and took a 28-25 advantage into the break.
In earlier games this season, the Scots have had a tendency to let the second half slip away quickly and fall behind by a great margin. However, on Saturday, Alma was a determined bunch that hung around until the end.
Olivet opened up a 44-28 lead with 17:02 left in the game, but the Scots responded with a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to 44-40 afte a jumper by So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) at the 14:26 mark.
The Comets answered with their own 8-0 run to lead 52-40 with 10:00 left in the contest. The closest the Scots would come after that point was nine points, 55-46, after a basket by Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) at the 5:07 mark. However, Olivet was not going to fold over and had held a 62-46 lead with just 2:05 remaining.
Even though they would not be able to come back, Alma fought to the final tick of the clock and outscored the home team 7-1 over the last two plus minutes before ultimately falling 63-53.
Pruett had a strong game and led the team with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two defensive steals. In addition, both Adams and Zink added 13 points in the loss. As a team, Alma shot 38% from the field (21 of 56) including six of 15 in three-pointers, while Olivet connected on just 34% of their shots (24 of 71) and hit two of 12 from beyond the arc.
The Comets outrebounded the Scots by a margin of 49-37 and the visitors had 24 turnovers to Olivet's 15 on the afternoon.
Up next for the Scots is a home game on Monday evening against Hope College at Art Smith Arena. The contest is the make-up of a January 27 postponement and is scheduled to tip at 6:00 p.m.