MILWAUKEE -- An important three-game stretch is ahead for Alverno College this week with a home game versus Edgewood College and a pair of road games at Maranatha Baptist Bible College and at Benedictine University.
Alverno (11-6, 8-2 Northern Athletics Conference) is riding a five-game winning streak with a recent 48-42 victory over Lakeland College last week, and is just a game back of Concordia University Wisconsin for the division lead, yet is ahead of both Edgewood and Maranatha.
The Inferno held the Muskies to 16 second-half points en route to the win in the team's only game of the week.
After a full week off, the Inferno returns to action with a home contests versus Edgewood, which is right behind the Inferno in the NAC North standings. The Eagles (9-10, 8-4) won five-straight games before dropping their last two contests to division leaders Concordia Wisconsin (10-2 North) and Wisconsin Lutheran (9-0 South).
Alverno came away with a 65-49 victory over Edgewood at the December meeting in Madison, as junior forward Devon Gorman led the Inferno with 22 points and nine rebounds. Dareon Henderson came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 16 points in just 17 minutes.
Edgewood leads the all-time series, 13-4, but Alverno has won two-straight and three of the last four meetings.
Thursday the Inferno travels to Watertown for a 5 p.m. tipoff at Maranatha. The Crusaders (9-3, 6-3) have won their last two games and most recently edged out then-winless MSOE, 51-50.
Maranatha handed Alverno its first conference loss of the season, 68-50, back on Nov. 27, in Milwaukee. The Crusaders shot a blistering 57 percent from the field and 53 percent from the 3-point arc as four Crusaders scored in double figures, while the Inferno shot just under 32 percent from the floor.
Alverno leads 11-9 in the all-time series, and had won five straight before the early-season loss.
The Inferno closes out the week with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at NAC South Division foe Benedictine on Saturday. The Eagles (8-9, 6-3) have won two-straight games and three of their last four. In the Eagles' 54-45 victory over MSOE on Saturday, no Eagle scored more than eight points, but 12 players recorded points in the balanced-scoring win.
Though the all-time series is 11-2 in Benedictine's favor, the teams have split the last two years.
Live coverage is available for all three contests, as Alverno will provide live stats and video for Tuesday's game, Maranatha will provide video on Thursday, and Benedictine will have live stats and video on Saturday. Links for all the coverage are available on athletics.alverno.edu.