Pink Day 2014 was Saturday afternoon at Art Smith Arena as the Scots women's basketball team hosted Calvin College. The visiting Knights defeated a determined Alma team that hung around until the end, ultimately pulling out the 82-70 victory.
Alma is now 0-22 on the season and 0-13 in the MIAA, while the Knights improved to 15-6 overall and 10-3 in the league.
A common theme for the Scots this season has been to fall behind early and today was no exception as Calvin scored the first six points and led 6-0 at the 17:32 mark. However, Alma was inspired group on this afternoon and were not going to let the visitors run away and hide.
The Knights still led by six at 14-8 until the Scots scored five in a row to cut the deficit to 14-13 on a three-point basket by Fr. G Tara Padgett (Freeland/Freeland) with 11:15 remaining in the half.
Calvin went on a 8-0 run over the next 2:17 to lead 21-13 and eventually led by 14 points on three different occasions, the last being at 39-25 with 58 seconds left on the clock. The first frame ended on a positive note for the Scots as Jr. G Cora Essenmacher (Royal Oak/Royal Oak) drained a three-ponter late to make it a 39-28 game heading into the break.
A season-long statistic that has plagued the Scots all season cropped up again the first 20 minutes as they turned the ball over 14 times. Alma shot 32% (11-34) from the field in the half, while Calvin connected on 46% (16 of 35) of their attempts.
Eight seconds into the second half, Alma So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) hit a three-pointer to make it a 39-31 ballgame and served notice to Calvin that the home team would not go away quietly.
Alma still trailed by eight, 43-35, after a jumper by Padgett at the 17:29 mark and it was a 10-point game 6:30 later when Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming/Ishpeming) put in a lay-up to make it 61-51.
However, the Knights preceded to go on a 9-0 run that gave them a 70-51 advantage with 7:55 left in the game and it would prove to be a tough margin for the Scots to overcome. Calvin extended the lead to 76-55 at 6:23 and still led by 18 with 1:41 on the clock.
The Scots, fighting until the end, scored the final six points of the game but came up short as Calvin walked off the court with a hard-fought 82-70 win.
Padgett led the way for the Scots with 21 points as she had a scorching afternoon shooting from the floor - eight of 12 overall, including five of seven from beyond the three-point line. Also in double figures for Alma were Pruett and So. F Faith Weier (Lake Fenton/Lake Fenton), who had 13 and 10 respectively.
Pruett also added a career-high 12 rebounds while adding four assists and four steals. The Scots outrebounded Calvin for the game by a margin of 46-45 but had 23 turnovers to the Knights' 16. Alma shot 38% for the game (27 of 71) and were seven of 19 from beyond the three-point arc, while Calvin hit on 46% of their attempts (32 of 69) and made eight of 21 three-point attempts.
Today was Alma's last home game of the 2013-14 season but the team still has three contests remaining. The first of those comes on Wednesday night as the team travels to Albion to take on the Britons. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.