ALMA, Mich. – Double-digit performances from Zoe Curtis and Kayla Bowling were not enough to overcome a solid shooting performance from host Alma College, as the Earlham College women's basketball team stumbled against the Scots, 69-54, on Tuesday evening at the Art Smith Arena.
Curtis finished with 18 points on 4-of-14 shooting from the floor and a 10-of-12 mark from the free-throw line. Bowling tallied 12 points off the bench behind a 5-of-10 effort from the field.
Curtis hauled down a team-high eight rebounds. Earlham outrebounded Alma, 40 to 34, but committed 17 turnovers to the Scots' 14.
Earlham (0-2) posted a .327 field goal percentage (17-of-52), far short of the .462 (24-of-52) shooting performance put together by Alma (3-2), however that didn't keep the upset-minded Quakers from getting the best of the Scots in the opening quarter.
The Quakers jumped out to an early lead and fought off the Scots' comeback effort, and a McFarland trey gave Earlham a 12-9 lead after the first 10 minutes of play. Alma overtook Earlham in the second quarter and led by as many of nine points midway through the frame, with a Bowling jumper cutting the margin to five, 29-24, for the Scots at the half.
The game got away from the Quakers in the fourth quarter, after Earlham began the final stanza within two of Alma, 44-42. The Maroon and White stayed within striking distance of Alma through the early part of the fourth quarter, and were still within three at the 5:24 mark following Bowling's lone 3-pointer of the game.
Back-to-back layups by the Scots' Madison Hill and Oretha Humphries jump started the Alma offense down the stretch, and a 10-2 run for the Scots spanning the final three-plus minutes of the game put the game beyond Earlham's reach.
Hill paced Alma with 22 points on a 7-of-11 shooting effort, while Humphries tallied 15 points for the Scots off the bench. Starter Stasha Warchock finished with 11 points.
Earlham women's basketball makes its 2018-19 home debut on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when the Quakers host Wilmington College (Ohio) in the first game of an Earlham-Wilmington basketball doubleheader. The women's game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at approximately 7:30 p.m.
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