Despite a career night for Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart), the Alma College Women's Basketball team fell to Albion 74-73 on a last-second layup Wednesday evening.
With the loss, the Scots drop to 0-23 on the year with a 0-14 mark in the MIAA. The Britons improve to 8-15 overall and 4-10 in conference play with the victory.
The game remained scoreless for nearly three minutes before Albion hoped out to a 4-0 lead at 17:19. Alma quickly answered with a 6-1 run to take the early 6-5 advantage. A layup by Hansen would extend the Scot lead to four at 15-11 with just under ten minutes to go in the first half. Fr. G Tara Padgett (Freeland/Freeland) sank two free throws at 7:42 to stretch the Alma advantage to six at 20-14.
A free throw by Fr. G Nicole Green (Portland / Portland) would give the Scots their first double-digit lead of the half at 32-22 with just over three minutes to go. Hansen ended the half with a jumper to give Alma the 37-37 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Scots shot 38.7% from the floor in the first half while holding the Britons to just 8-of-28 shooting. Hansen led all scorers in the first half, racking up 16 points to go along with five boards.
So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) started the second half by sinking back-to-back layups to put Alma up 44-31 at 17:47. Albion hung tough throughout the early parts of the half and cut the deficit to just four at 46-42 with just under 13 minutes remaining. Jr. G Mallory Pruett (Ishpeming /Ishpeming) drained a triple at 8:15 to give the Scots a little breathing room, 57-49.
The Britons would exchange blows with Alma the entire half and a layup at 1:11 would give Albion its first lead since the 13:56-mark in the first half.
A jumper by So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) with just 15 seconds remaining in the half would put the Scots up 73-72. An offensive rebound and put back by Albion with no time remaining would seal the Briton victory 74-73 on Wednesday.
Alma shot 26-of-63 (41.3%) from the floor and 7-of-21 (33.3%) from beyond the arc. The Scots were out rebounded on Wednesday 39-38 and committed 16 turnovers compared to 14 by Albion.
Coming off the bench, Hansen led all scorers with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Adams filled the stat sheet on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Pruett added 16 points and Zink chipped in with 12 points off the bench.
Brett deBear led Albion with 21 points and Olivia Savage tallied six points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the victory.
Alma hits the road on Saturday, Feb. 15 to take on Saint Mary's College at 3:00 p.m.