AURORA, ILL.—Alverno College basketball (4-10, 1-8 NACC) fell in NACC competition to Aurora University Wednesday evening.
The Spartans jumped to a quick 6-2 lead. The Inferno crawled within one off a free throw from Gabby Hood. The next few minutes saw both teams trade basket for basket with Aurora holding a slim one point lead at 17-16. A three point field goal for Aurora just before the buzzer saw the Spartans take a small 22-16 advantage into the second quarter.
Both teams picked up where the first quarter left off as Aurora collected a seven point lead at the 7:58 mark. A 7-0 run for the Spartans helped Aurora control a 34-21 advantage. Alverno retailed with a run of their own scoring seven unanswered points to cut the Spartan lead to 37-30. The Inferno headed into halftime trailing 41-30.
The back and forth affair continued throughout the third quarter with Aurora hitting a three point field goal at the 8:40 mark. Mackenzie Mathies retaliated with back to back three point field goals to slowly chip away at the Aurora effort. A final free throw from Gabby Hood saw the Inferno head into the final quarter behind 63-47.
Alverno College started the final quarter with an 8-2 run. After both teams continued to trade baskets, Gabby Hood converted on a layup to help the Inferno effort at 79-65. A final push for the Inferno was too late as Aurora took the NACC victory 83-72.
It was a career day for the Inferno scoring, as Mackenzie Mathies broke the record for most career three point field goals with 127. The junior surpassed the previous record of 125 that was set in 2012.
Mathies finished the contest with 10 points going 2-5 from beyond the arch while grabbing four rebounds. Senior Gabby Hood finished on the day two points shy of 30. Hood collected a career-high 28 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Karli Selear tallied 14 points and four assists while Kendra Patterson added 15 points.
Alverno College returns home to continue NACC play against Concordia Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.