Notre Dame, Ind. - The Alma College women's basketball team picked up its second straight win on Saturday afternoon against Saint Mary's 84-41. The Scots improve their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association record to 3-2 and overall record to 4-9, while the Belles fall to 1-13 and 0-6.
Tara Padgett (Freeland, Mich./Freeland) led Alma with 18 points and six assists. Kaitlyn Kendall (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) added 16 points and four rebounds. Kelsey Wolffis (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores) posted nine points and three blocks.
The Scots jumped out to a 25-12 first quarter lead and never looked back. Padgett scored 12 herself in the quarter. Alma added to its lead in the second quarter where it outscored Saint Mary's 24-9. Kendall scored 10 of her 16 points in the second frame.
"I'm proud of how this team is stepping up after losing two starters to injuries," said Head Coach Kris Johnson. "We played well together and I especially appreciated our efforts on the defensive end of the floor. We let our defense create our offense."
The Scots forced 28 Saint Mary's turnovers which they scored 36 points off of and held the Belles to under 22-percent shooting from the field.
Padgett added three steals in the contest, moving her to ninth on the all-time list, past Sydney Beckwith. It was previously stated that Padgett is seventh all-time, but this was due to a discrepancy in the record book. Padgett also went 2-for-3 from 3-point range, giving her 95 in her career, tenth all-time. Wolffis' three blocks gives her 97 all-time.
Alma shot 21-of-26 from the free throw line, the most free throws it has taken, made and the highest percentage its shot in a game this year. Twelve players saw time on the floor and all but one scored.
"It is nice for our program to get two conference wins in the same week!"
The Scots' next game is Wednesday, January 11 when it hosts Albion at Art Smith Arena at 7:30 p.m.
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