Olivet, Mich. – The Alma College women's basketball team fell, 70-66, to the Olivet College Comets on Saturday (Dec. 8). Sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) led all players with a career-high 17 points. Junior guard Hannah Syme (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) scored a career-high 14 points with a game-high 3 three pointers. The Scots drop to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in conference while the Comets improve to 4-3 and 1-2 in the MIAA.
- Alma got off and running with a 9-0 start to the game that was capped off by a three from freshman guard Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette). The Comets would go on a run themselves that would tie the game at 11. Syme got her career scoring night started with trey that gave the Scots a 16-13 lead.
- The game was back and forth for the first half of the second quarter. Then Alma went on a 14-4 run to make it 40-30. Syme added two free throws in the final minute of the half as the Scots sat comfortably with a ten-point lead heading into halftime.
- Olivet would chip away at the Alma lead for the entire third quarter but the Scots were able to keep them at bay not letting the lead go lower than three. The Comets had the final possession of the quarter and the Scots looked to have them stopped but an offensive rebound and put back as the buzzer sounded made it a three-point game heading to the final period.
- The Scots lead quickly vanished in the opening minute of the fourth. Alma went five straight minutes with scoring a point and the Comets took advantage by leading by 10 with five minutes left. But the Scots would not go out quietly. Brandt made two buckets and sophomore guard Jessie Jordan (Mason, Mich. / Williamston) hit two free throws to cut the lead to three with just under two minutes remaining.
- The final minute was a defensive battle with neither team able to make a field goal. Jordan had a three-point attempt to tie it with 49 seconds left but it was just off the mark. The Comets were able to make it a two-possession game with a make from the charity stripe with 25 seconds left. A Scots turnover with 14 seconds left sealed the defeat.
- Alma shot over 48 percent from the floor in the first half but shot just over 28 percent in the second half.
- Three Scots recorded double-digit rebounds. Brandt and sophomore forward Emily Eldridge (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Lakeview) grabbed a season-high 11 boards while sophomore forward Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) had a career-high 10 rebounds.
- Alma led for almost 28 minutes of the contest.
- Both teams received 30 points from their bench.
The Scots have a week off before St. Mary's College (Ind.) comes to town on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 3 p.m. for the final home game of the 2018 calendar year. Alma's next contest at Art Smith Arena after that will be against Calvin College on Saturday, January 5th.