MILWAUKEE – The Alverno basketball team held a six-point lead heading into the final quarter on Saturday evening, but was unable to hold the advantage as the Inferno fell to the Dominican Stars by a 60-55 score inside Reiman Gymnasium.
The Inferno were led by senior Mackenzie Mathies, who connected on a game-high 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers. Senior Justice Hawkins also netted 11 points, while seniors Karli Selear and Dani Hood each notched six points apiece. Sophomore Sara Redlin got the start and added five poins, while sophomore Brittney Hondel had three points to round out the scoring.
Mathies led the Inferno with 10 rebounds as well to give her a fourth double-double on the season, and second in as many Saturday contests. Hawkins was second with eight rebounds, while Selear added seven boards. Hood and Redlin had five rebounds apiece, while Hondel added three caroms in 16 minutes.
Selear led Alverno with five assists and three steals. Hood and Hawkins each had three assists, while Hood, Hawkins and Mathies each added one steal apiece.
Dominican started the game with a three-pointer just six seconds in, and added to its lead at 5-0 just over a minute into the contest. Hood scored two minutes in on a layup to get the Inferno on the board before Mathies connected on a layup to close the early gap to one. After a make by the Stars, Mathies tied the game with her first three-pointer of the night to even the score at seven.
The Inferno took the lead as Hawkins converted her first field goal of the night with 3:35 to go in the opening stanza. The lead see-sawed back and forth as Alverno eventually took a 14-12 lead on another Hawkins layup. Dominican added a late free throw as Alverno led by one heading into the second quarter.
Hawkins made four-straight free throws to open the second quarter before Mathies made a layup to give Alverno a 20-13 lead with 5:08 to go in the half. The lead swelled to eight a Selear made 1-of-2 at the line. Dominican chipped away and pulled to within two at 24-22, but Hood made one free throw late in the half to cap off the first-half scoring at 25-22.
Mathies kicked off the scoring in the second half with a layup followed by a jumper from Redlin to propel Alverno to a 29-22 lead. Dominican scored the next five, but Redlin stopped the brief spurt with a clutch three-pointer to put the Inferno back up by five
After a layup by Dominican Mathies got a run started for Alverno with a layup, followed by another layup from the senior. Hawkins drilled a three-pointer with 5:14 to go in the third quarter to give Alverno its largest lead of the night at 10 with a 39-29 score. Dominican refused to go down and outscored the Inferno by a 9-5 score to head into the fourth, trailing Alverno by a 44-38 margin.
The Stars exploded to start the fourth quarter with a 17-4 run to jump out to its largest lead of the game at 55-48. Hondel made two from the stripe followed by a jumper from Redlin before Hood connected on a free throw to get the Inferno within two with 85 seconds left in regulation. Both teams exchanged field goals late, while Dominican added another three from the charity stripe to close out the scoring and escaping with the five-point win.
Alverno (4-13, 3-9 NACC) will be back on the road for its next two games beginning with Lakeland on Tuesday before a trip to Benedictine on Thursday. Both matchups will tip off at 7 p.m.