MILWAUKEE – Alverno senior Karli Selear registered her first double-double of the season on Wednesday evening as the Inferno fell to the Concordia Chicago Cougars by the score of 81-57.
Selear had a season-best 11 rebounds to go along with her 10 points to help lead the Inferno, while also adding a team-best five assists and three steals in the effort. Alverno was led in the scoring column by senior Mackenzie Mathies, who notched 21 points on 8-of-24 shooting, including five three-point field goals to go along with nine rebounds off the glass.
Senior Justice Hawkins followed up her historic performance with another 10-point effort, shooting 4-of-7 from the field including one three-point basket. Sophomore Sara Redlin tallied eight points and seven rebounds and was one shy of the team lead with four assists. Senior Dani Hood was tied with Redlin with four assists, while also adding four points of her own. Sophomore Brittney Hondel had four points in 16 minutes, including the first three-pointer of her career.
Alverno trailed by five out of the gate before Selear scored her first basket of the night at the 6:15 mark of the opening quarter. Hood connected on a layup on the next possession to pull Alverno within a bucket at 6-4, but the Cougars responded with a three-pointer to take a 9-4 advantage. Concordia Chicago scored the next six points, ultimately outscoring Alverno 22-12 through the opening 10 minutes.
The teams exchanged early three-pointers in the second quarter as Concordia Chicago opened up with the first, followed by a three-pointer by Redlin. Mathies later added a long-range shot before Redlin added another at the 3:23 mark to keep Alverno within eight at 38-30. The Cougars scored the final seven points of the half to take a 45-30 lead into the break.
Concordia Chicago scored the first eight points of the second half to expand its lead before Hood ended the scoring run with a layup at the 7:44 mark of the period. The Cougars went on to outscore the Inferno by a 22-8 margin, to take a 67-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Cougars opened the scoring, before Selear knocked down a jumper at the 9:19 mark of the stanza. Mathies followed with a three-ball, before the Cougars added four, followed by a three-pointer by Hawkins. Mathies drilled another long-range shot to make it 72-49 with 6:09 left in the game
Alverno ultimately outscored the Cougars in the fourth quarter by a 19-14 margin, but it was not enough as Concordia Chicago emerged with the 81-57 win.
Alverno (4-12, 3-8 NACC) will return home on Saturday afternoon for a 7 p.m. start inside Reiman Gymnasium against Dominican. Prior to the game the Inferno will host its annual alumnae game at 3:30 p.m. With the forecasted weather, Alverno Athletics urges everyone to use caution and allow for additional driving time while making their way to the college.