Basketball Unable to Overcome Slow Start in League Tilt at MSOE

Basketball Unable to Overcome Slow Start in League Tilt at MSOE

MILWAUKEE – The Alverno basketball team continued Northern Athletics Collgiate Conference play on Tuesday evening at the Hotchkin Arena at MSOE. The Inferno fell to the host Raiders by the score of 70-55.

Two seniors led the Inferno in scoring as both Karli Selear and Mackenzie Mathies each had 13 points, while classmate Justice Hawkins was also in double figures with 11 on the night.

Sophomore Sara Redlin added nine points as both she and Mathies were tied for the team lead with two three-point baskets apiece. Senior Dani Hood had seven points while classmate Kendra Patterson added a bucket. Sophomore Kailey Kennow also saw the court for nine minutes and pulled down one rebound and added one assist.

Patterson along with Hawkins and Mathies each had five rebounds each to lead the charge for the Inferno while Selear was one off the pace with four on the night. Selear did lead the team with three steals, while both Hawkins and Redlin were credited with two steals each.

Selear had a team-best four assists, while she also had the team's lone block on the evening.

Alverno fell behind 10-0 to open the game before Selear connected on a pair at the line with 5:28 left in the opening quarter. Mathies converted a layup to pull the Inferno back within six before MSOE scored a bucket.

Patterson connected on a layup followed by a jumper from the Raiders before Mathies drilled her first three-pointer of the night to cut the lead back down to five. However just before the quarter ended, the Raiders answered with a three-pointer of their own to take a 17-9 advantage into the second quarter.

With MSOE back up by 10 at 20-10, Redlin knocked down a three-pointer, followed by a layup by MSOE and then another three-ball by Redlin to keep the Inferno within six at 22-16. Both teams exchanged baskets through the latter stages of the half before the Raiders closed out the period on a 5-0 run to take a 37-25 lead into the intermission.

After the Raiders opened the scoring with a layup in the second half, Hawkins responded for the Inferno with a layup of her own. Hood converted on a pair of free throws before MSOE closed out the quarter on an 11-6 run to increase its lead to 52-35 heading into the fourth.

After a series of empty possessions by both sides, MSOE broke the drought to open the fourth quarter with a layup that was quickly answered by a layup from Selear and a Redlin jumper. Mathies rallied for a layup and connected on the ensuing and-one free throw to finish up Alverno's 7-0 run. After both teams exchanged three-pointers, the squads exchanged baskets with MSOE finishing the game on a 14-10 run nine of those 14 points on free throws as Alverno attempted to close the gap.

On the game, Alverno shot 18-of-59, while going 5-of-19 from beyond the arc. The Inferno had 31 rebounds as a team while stealing the ball nine times on the night.

Alverno (2-2, 1-1 NACC) will be back at home for a league matchup on Saturday with Wisconsin Lutheran. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. inside Reiman Gymnasium.