MILWAUKEE – The Alverno basketball team secured its second consecutive win on Thursday evening in a make-up game with Illinois Tech by a 65-37 scored behind a season-high 18 points from senior Kendra Patterson inside Reiman Gymnasium.
Patterson shot 8-of-17 from the field and added a pair from the stripe while adding one eight rebounds, three assists and one steal on the game. Senior Mackenzie Mathies was second on the team with 13 points, as she tallied five field goals to go along with one from beyond the arc.
Senior Justice Hawkins added 12 points and was tied for the team lead with four steals, while also adding a team-best five assists. Senior Karli Selear fell a point shy of a double-double as she amassed nine points and added a 10 rebounds and three assists while tying Hawkins for the team lead with four steals. Senior Dani Hood had eight points including a pair of three-pointers as she added seven rebounds and notched four assists in the victory.
Sophomore Sara Redlin notched five points and one steal in 22 minutes off the bench, while sophomore Brittney Hondel had one rebounds and an assist in seven minutes. Sophomore Brandi Rice saw the court for three minutes as did newcomer Antionette Powell, who played three minutes and took her first two career field goal attempts.
Patterson got the scoring started with a jumper on the opening possession for the Inferno, but Illinois Tech responded with a jumper of their own. Patterson added a second jump shot to give Alverno the lead for good on the night, as her basket was followed by a layup from Mathies and Selear, while Selear added one from the stripe followed by a layup from Patterson to give Alverno an 11-2 advantage.
After the Scarlet Hawks scored the next four points unanswered, Patterson converted a jumper off a dish from Mathies to end the brief drought. Patterson added her fifth field goal of the quarter, which was answered by a three-pointer by Illinois Tech to pull the Scarlet Hawks to within six, but Hawkins drained a three-ball off a Mathies pass to put Alverno ahead by nine after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter the lead swelled to a dozen as Hood opened the quarter with a three-pointer, followed by a Mathies layup and Redlin three-pointer. Illinois Tech picked up two points on a jumper to end the run and pull back within 15 at 26-11, but Patterson picked up another jumper to give the Inferno a 17-point lead. The two sides exchanged shots over the next two possessions, before Hawkins connected on another three-pointer and a last-second layup by Selear to put the Inferno up by 20 at the break.
The two sides were scoreless in the opening two minutes of the second half before Mathies made a layup, followed by a jumper by Illinois Tech. Hood connected on a layup and then another for Hawkins on a steal from the defensive side of the court. Patterson connected on another jumper to give Alverno a 43-17 lead with 4:37 to go in the third. Illinois Tech made a three-pointer, answered by a three-ball from Hood before the Scarlet Hawks made another three-pointer to trim their deficit in half at 46-23.
Illinois Tech closed out the half on an 8-4 run to pull to within 19 at 50-31 heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
Selear opened scoring in the fourth with a two-pointer, followed by a three ball by Mathies, Hawkins and Patterson made back-to-back layups to give Alverno a 59-31 advantage. Mathies added one free throw before adding another later in the stanza before Redlin added a layup to put the Inferno by 32. Illinois Tech closed out the half on a 6-2 run to cap off the scoring at 65-37 in favor of the Inferno.
Alverno (6-16, 5-12 NACC) will close out the home slate on Saturday evening, when the Inferno host the MSOE Raiders at 7 p.m. from the Reiman Gymnasium. Prior to the game the team will recognize its five-member senior class in a brief on-court ceremony.