Free Throws Key Inferno's Victory Over Eagles

Free Throws Key Inferno's Victory Over Eagles

MILWAUKEE -- Jamie Hoernke recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a career-high 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds as Alverno College won its sixth-straight game, 63-57, over visiting Edgewood College Tuesday night in Reiman Gymnasium.

The Inferno trailed by nine points, 13-4, early in the game, but battled back for a 26-24 halftime lead on a pair of Ashley Berry free throws in the period's final minute.

The Eagles retook the lead, 35-34, on a 3-pointer with 12 minutes left, but it would be the visitors final time in front. A pair of Anna Boteva free throws on the next possession gave the Inferno a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Kristen Speerschneider drove to the hoop and laid it in for the Inferno's largest lead of the contest, 58-45, with 3:19 to play, and the host team hung on for the six-point victory and season sweep of the Eagles.

"We took 20 more free throws than they took," Alverno head coach Brad Duckworth said. "We made 10 more than they took -- that was the difference in the game."

Alverno was 22-of-32 from the line, while the Eagles were 8-of-12. Hoernke hit 12-of-16 to help surpass her former career-high of 15 points.

Devon Gorman added 13 points while Speerschneider chipped in 11 and a game-high five assists to lead the offensive attack.

Alison Tobin got 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, and added five assists to tie for game-high honors.

Alverno improved to 12-6 overall, 9-2 Northern Athletics Conference with the win, while Edgewood dropped its third-straight game and fell to 9-11, 8-5 NAC.

Next up for the Inferno is a road game at Maranatha Baptist Bible College on Thursday at 5 p.m.