Women’s hoops falls to Alma

Camryn White

RICHMOND, Ind. – A 13-3 Alma College run early in the second half left the visiting Scots with a double-digit lead which the Earlham College women's basketball was unable to overcome, and the Quakers dropped a 63-39 decision to the Scots on Tuesday night at Druley Performance Gym.

Senior Camryn White paced Earlham (0-3) with 10 points, most of that coming off her 6-of-9 effort at the free-throw line. Senior Zoe Curtis charted a game-high 12 rebounds – third double-digit rebounding performance of her career – with six points. Senior Kyra Joseph added seven points for the Quakers.

Earlham opened with the first two points of the game on White foul shots, but Alma (3-2) answered with a 10-0 run which the Quakers broke on a Joseph jumper. Curtis' layup with 18 seconds remaining in the opening quarter capped the scoring, and Earlham trailed 13-6 through the opening 10 minutes.

Back-to-back layups by Alma's Jeny Brandt extended the Scots' lead to 17-6 early in the second quarter, and Alma's lead reached 25-9 at the 5:30 mark on a 3-pointer by Madison Hill. Another trey in the waning seconds of the second quarter kept the Scots' lead at 16 points, 35-19, as the teams headed to the locker room at the intermission.

In the third quarter, Earlham twice cut Alma's advantage to 12 points, the final time with 56 seconds showing in the frame after a layup from Trinity McClendon. The Scots' Charley Hengesbach responded with a layup in the final minute, starting a 7-0 run that pushed Alma's lead to 21 points, 52-31.

Alma kept a 20-point lead most of the rest of the way, with 3-pointers by Kayla Bowling and Joseph twice briefly cutting the Scots' lead to 18 points.

The Scots' Madison Hill and Hannah Thelen each finished with 12 points, with Madison Robbins chipping in with eight points off the bench. Alma shot 46.8 percent from the floor while holding Earlham to 22.0 percent shooting.

Earlham women's basketball returns to action on Monday, Nov. 25, when the Quakers host Bob Jones University. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.