River Forest, Ill.--Alverno College basketball came up short in NACC action against Dominican University Tuesday evening.
The Inferno found themselves down early in the first quarter as Dominican propelled a quick 10-4 lead. Karli Selear cut into the Stars advantage with a jump shot. A Stars layup extended the lead to 17-6 but another jump shot from Karli Selear saw the Inferno trail heading to the second quarter 17-8.
In the second quarter, the Inferno picked up the tempo to chip away at the Stars lead. A three point field goal from Mackenzie Mathies saw the game slowly slip away from Dominican at 19-16. At the 6:14 mark, Alverno cut the Dominican lead to one at 21-20. Later, Alyssa Mane connected from beyond the three point line to give the Inferno the 23-21 advantage. Dominican quickly responded regaining the lead with a three pointer of their own. A layup just before the buzzer gave the Stars the 30-27 advantage heading to halftime.
With the third quarter underway, both teams continued to trade basket for basket. A layup from Gabby Hood at the 1:19 mark helped chip away at the Stars lead. A jump shot from Kendra Patterson saw the Inferno head into the final quarter of play trailing 42-38.
Back to back layups for Dominican added to their effort to start the quarter. An Inferno bucket from behind the three point line and later a Inferno layup saw the Stars lead shrink to 49-43. A three point field goal from Karli Selear kept the Inferno hopes alive late in the quarter at 57-51, however, two costly missed field goals for the Inferno sealed the victory for Dominican by a final score of 62-51.
The Inferno scoring was led by junior Karli Selear who finished with a career high 23 points, five rebounds and two steals. Gabby Hood collected eight points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds. Kendra Patterson came off the bench to add six points and seven rebounds.
Alverno College returns home for the first home contest of the 2017-18 season as they gear up to face crosstown rivals Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.