PLYMOUTH, Wisconsin -- Alverno College lost to host Lakeland University, 79-63, in the semifinal round of the 2017 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Thursday night.
The sixth-seeded Inferno scored the first four points of the game but the visitors' only lead of the night was short-lived as the second-seeded Muskies rattled off the next 10 points for a 10-4 lead.
Tessa Mersberger made a 3-pointer to close out the opening quarter which cut the Muskies lead to seven.
Alverno outscored Lakeland by three in the second quarter and trailed, 39-35, at intermission.
Things then went the way of the Muskies (19-7) as the hosts opened up the third quarter on a 15-0 run and led by as many as 20. Alverno cut the gap in half over a three-minute span before Lakeland made the final field goal of the third and led 60-48.
The Inferno couldn't get the spread any closer than 10 the rest of the way as the Muskies, who shot 9-of-19 from the 3-point arc, held on for the semifinal victory and advance to the NACC final Saturday.
Gabby Hood came close to the first triple-double in school history as she led Alverno with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. The point guard set a new single-season school record with 130 assists.
Katelyn Bartlett scored six points in her 105th game, as the senior forward broke the school record for games played in a career.
The Inferno closes out the season with a 13-14 record, tied for the fourth-most wins in program history.