LISLE, Ill. – Seniors Mackenzie Mathies and Karli Selear combined for 37 points on Thursday evening, but it was not enough in a road Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Matchup as the Alverno basketball team fell by the score of 78-53 to the Benedictine Eagles.
Mathies led the team with 21 points, marking the third consecutive game of 20+ points, and seventh time overall this season for the senior. Selear had the best shooting night as she connected on nearly 43% of her shot attempts going 6-of-14 from the field while amassing 16 points, which is her highest point output since January 2, when Alverno and Benedictine met at Reiman Gymnasium.
Fellow senior Dani Hood tallied a team-best nine rebounds while adding three points, while three other Inferno also notched seven caroms apiece. Mathies, Selear and sophomore Sara Redlin each had seven boards on the night, while Redlin also chipped in with five points. Senior Kendra Patterson returned to the lineup and pulled down three boards and was second on the team with three assists, trailing Hood's team-leading four.
Sophomore Brittney Hondel had a pair from the free-throw line and also added three rebounds and a pair of assists while playing 15 minutes in reserve.
Patterson got the scoring started for Alverno following a missed shot by the Eagles and a defensive board by Hood. Benedictine responded with a three-pointer, but Alverno took back the lead with a Selear layup and then followed with the 'and-one' free throw to put the Inferno up 5-3. On the next offensive possession, Mathies connected on her first field goal of the night, which came from beyond the arc, off the initial feed from Hood to put Alverno up by five.
Benedictine chipped away at the Alverno advantage and evened the score at eight, before Patterson put an end to the home team's run with a layup at the 5:27 mark of the opening period. Selear connected on a jumper a few possessions later to increase the lead back to four but Benedictine scored the next five points ahead of Hood's layup with 64 seconds to go. The Eagles added a layup in its final first-quarter possession and took a one-point lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter was not as even as the home team went on a 22-8 scoring spree to take a 37-22 lead into the halftime break. After the intermission, Benedictine added on to its lead with a 25-6 third quarter, to open a 62-28 lead into the fourth.
Alverno outscored Benedictine in the fourth quarter by a 25-16 margin, led by Mathies, who tallied a dozen points in the quarter on 4-of-9 shooting including a pair of three-pointers. Selear added nine points in the fourth period, while Redlin knocked down one of her two three-point attempts in the quarter.
Alverno (4-14, 3-10 NACC) will be back in action at home on Saturday evening at 7 p.m., when the Inferno host the Edgewood Eagles.