ROCKFORD, ILL.—Alverno College basketball (5-11, 2-9 NACC) defeated conference foe Rockford University in convincing fashion Tuesday evening.
Alverno started out of the gate with a 9-3 run to take a 15-8 lead. Kendra Patterson beat the buzzer to end the quarter giving the Inferno a 17-8 effort heading to the second quarter of play.
The Inferno continued their momentum as they started the quarter with another 6-2 run before the Regents converted of a layup. Three free throws from Dani Hood extended the Inferno lead to ten with under a minute left to play. Hood later converted on a layup to give Alverno the advantage heading into the halftime with the in favor of the Inferno 28-16.
Alverno College carried their engergy into the third quarter as Mackenzie Mathies hit a three point field goal to extend the Inferno lead to 18 with 7:09 left to play. Mathies later hit back-to-back three point field goals to widen the Alverno effort at 42-24. A layup from Gabby Hood with 27 seconds left gave the Inferno a 20 point lead heading to the final quarter of play.
As the final quarter progressed, Alverno College found success from behind the charity stripe as Kendra Patterson hit a pair of free throws. A layup and free throw from Mackenzie Mathies gave the Inferno a 54-32 margin with 4:19 remaining. The insurmountable lead established by the Inferno was too much for the Regents to gain any progress. Alverno took the NACC victory 63-44.
The Inferno scoring was led by Mackenzie Mathies who finished with 21 points and five rebounds. Kendra Patterson came off the bench to nearly miss a double-double collecting a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior Melissa Weyand grabbed 10 rebounds.
Senior Gabby Hood collected her 300th career assist on the day. Hood finished with seven assists and five rebounds to go along with eight points.
Alverno College returns to Reiman Gymnasium as Edgewood College come to town for National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.