Alma pushes past Saint Mary's in second half, 72-65

Alma pushes past Saint Mary's in second half, 72-65

Alma, Mich. - The Alma College women's basketball team clenched their second Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) victory today over the Saint Mary's College Belle's. It was a tie ball game at the half before the Scots pulled away in the second half to earn the 72-65 win. 

Three Scots scored in the double digits today, led by junior Kaitlyn Kendall (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) who recorded 17 points, followed by freshman Kassidy Blough (Jackson, Mich./East Jackson) who nabbed 16 and lastly freshman Sophie Guzman (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) who scored 11. 

Alma trailed the majority of the first half but managed to tie the game on five separate occassions as they went in to the locker room with the score knotted 32-32. 

The third quarter is where the magic happened for the Scots as they out scored the Belle's 26-9 in those 10 minutes. Alma shot a phenomenal 62.5 percent while they held the Saint Mary's to a shooting percentage of 16.7 percent. Kendall had seven of her 17 points in the third quarter alone. 

Alma did allow Saint Mary's to go on a run in the fourth quarter. After being up 18 at the beginning of the fourth the Scots prevailed the 18-2 run from Saint Mary's to get their second MIAA win at home in Art Smith Arena.

Alma shot 44.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc going 9-18. Saint Mary's did answer back with a shooting percentage of 42.6 percent. Alma was out rebounded by the Belle's but only a two board margin of 35-33. Kendall brought in the team high seven rebounds. 

Alma's five home game stretch in Art Smith Arena came to a close today and the team will pack their bags and travel to Holland, Mich. to play Hope College on Wednesday (Feb. 3) for their second time this season. Tip off time is set for 6:00 p.m. 

Game Notes:

  • Kelsey Wolffis picked up three blocks. She has had a block in every single game this season except two.
  • The Scots shot a season high 44.1 percent from the field.
  • Kassidy Blough has hit a three pointer in every single game this season except two. 
  • Since under the direction of Kris Johnson the Scots are now 2-2 against Saint Mary's.

Quote:

Head Coach Kris Johnson 

on the win...

"I am proud of our teams overall effort today! We were in foul trouble the entire game and our bench really stepped up. We had a great third quarter which was generated by our energy and toughness on defense. Saint Mary's made a strong run on us in the fourth but I am proud of how we finished and made big shots at the end. 

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