On Monday evening, the Alma College women's basketball team hosted #2/#4 ranked Hope College (USA Today Coaches Poll/d3hoops.com) in a MIAA contest at Art Smith Arena. The Flying Dutch, playing a solid 40 minutes of basketball, defeated the Scots by a score of 89-43.
With the loss, the Scots are now 0-20 overall and 0-11 in the league, while Hope departs with a 11-0 MIAA mark and are 19-0 for the 2013-14 season.
The first points of the game were not scored until the 17:42 mark of the first half when Hope connected on two free throws. A three-pointer by Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) gave the Scots their only lead of the contest at 3-2 two minutes later.
A 9-0 run by Hope gave the visitors a 11-3 advantage, but the Scots cut the deficit to five, at 11-6, when Fr. G Tara Padgett (Freeland/Freeland) drained a three with 13:38 remaining in the half. However, things would start to get away from the Scots at this point, and Hope led 32-12 after a 21-6 run that ended at the 8:01 mark.
The two teams were pretty even for the remainder of the first half as the visitors outscored the home team by a margin of 15-12 over the remaining eight minutes. Hope shot 50% from the field (16 of 32) in the first 20 minutes, while Alma connected on 33% of their shot attempts (nine of 27).
The second half saw the Flying Dutch display their depth and overall talent as they came out of the break determined to put the game away early. Hope outscored Alma 27-5 in the first 10 minutes of the frame to take a commanding 74-29 advantage.
Both teams played their benches during the rest of the contest and played to basically a draw the rest of the way before Hope was able to walk off the court with the final margin of victory of 89-43.
The leading scorers for the Scots were Padgett and Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) who each had 13 points, while Pruett was next with 12. Pruett also paced the team with six total rebounds and three assists, while Padgett grabbed three steals on the evening.
Alma returns to action on Wednesday night when they host Trine University at Art Smith Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.