On Wednesday night, the Alma College women's basketball team traveled to Albion College for another MIAA match-up looking for their first win of the season. The Scots battled all the way down to the wire but came up short in the final seconds, falling to the Britons 74-73.
With the loss, Alma is now 0-23 on the season and 0-14 in the MIAA, while Albion improved to 8-15 on the 2013-14 season and 4-10 in the league.
Albion took a short lead at the beginning of the ball game 9-8, but then came a change of pace from the Scots when Fr. G Tara Padgett (Freeland/Freeland) hit a three-pointer at the 11:53 mark to put them ahead 11-9.
Alma maintained the lead for the most of the first half. The Britons weren't ready to give up, and kept the deficit under four until the 5:47 mark after a pair of free throws. The Scots capitalized, making another run of their own after a jump shot by Fr. F Erica Hansen (Mt.Pleasant/Sacred Heart) making the score 25-19, Alma.
The Scots then increased their lead to 10 after a made free throw by Fr. G Nicole Green (Portland/Portland) with 3:16 left in the half. Alma maintained their lead around 10 points throughout the rest of the half and went into the locker room with a 37-27 lead after a final-second made jumper by Hansen.
Alma came out strong again at the start of the second half, increasing their lead to 13 after a jump shot by So. F Raeanna Zink (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) at 17:47. This 13-point lead was the biggest lead for the Scots. The Scots then allowed the Britons to go on a 11-2 run, tightening the ball game to 46-42 with 12:49 left in the final half.
Alma continued to fight and maintained a slim lead until the 3:02 mark where Albion scored to tie the game 66-66. The Scots weren't ready to give up yet and took the lead with 15 seconds left after a made jump shot by So. G Kassidi Adams (Montrose/Montrose) put them up 73-72. However, those were the final points for the Scots as Albion finished with a made layup in the final seconds ending the game 74-72.
Four Alma Scots reached double digits, showing points all across the board. Hansen led the team with a career-high 26 points, followed by Pruett (16), Zink (12), Adams (11). Adams also contributed team-high 8 assists and 8 boards.
Alma ended the game shooting 41% (26-63), and 33% (7-21) from three point range. Albion shot just slightly higher at 42% (28-62) and ended with 2-6 from behind the arc also at 33%.
The Scots wind down their season with two games left, the next being on the road Saturday Feburary 15 at Saint Mary's College (IN), tip-off time 3:00 pm.