The Inferno basketball team used a last-second free throw to advance to the semifinal round of the 2017 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.
Sixth-seeded Alverno College (13-13) upset third-seeded Benedictine University (19-7), 64-63, in the first round of the NACC Tournament Tuesday night in Lisle, Illinois.
Alverno will head up to second-seeded Lakeland University for a semifinal game Thursday night at 7.
The Muskies (18-7) received a first-round bye after a second-place finish in the NACC standings. Lakeland has won five straight games including a 62-54 decision at Benedictine last Saturday in the regular-season finale.
The Inferno was swept by the Muskies in the regular-season series by scores of 74-67 and 83-74, and trails in the all-time series 7-18.
The two teams have met just once in the postseason, the first round of the 2010 NACC Tournament which the Muskies prevailed in overtime, 67-61, up in Plymouth.
Thursday's winner will advance to the tournament final to take on the winner of the other semifinal game which pits fourth-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College (16-9) at top-seeded Concordia University Wisconsin (21-4). The championship will tip off at 2 p.m. Saturday at the highest-remaining seed.
Live broadcasts will be available for all tournament games with links available on athletics.alverno.edu.