MILWAUKEE – The Alverno basketball team was locked in a close battle with Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday evening, but ultimately fell to the Raiders by the score of 60-48 from the Reiman Gymnasium.
Prior to the game the five seniors on the Alverno roster were recognized in a brief on-court ceremony as seniors Mackenzie Mathies, Karli Selear, Dani Hood, Kendra Patterson and Justice Hawkins were all recognized.
As for the game it was senior Kendra Patterson to set a new career-high with 23 points on 9-of-21 shooting including three from beyond the arc. Patterson was also the team leader in rebounds with nine, falling one shy of her second double-double of the week. Hood and Hawkins each were second on the team with seven points apiece, while both connected on three field goals apiece including one each from outside the three-point line.
Selear added six points and Mathies added five points on the night, while sophomore Sara Redlin and Brittney Hondel each saw time off the bench. Aside from Patterson's team-leading nine rebounds, Selear was able to pull down seven caroms, while Hood grabbed six boards. Hood also led the Inferno with four assists, while both she and Mathies each had a block on the night. Mathies led Alverno with three steals while Hawkins had two swipes on the game.
In contrast to their earlier meeting this season at MSOE, it was Alverno to get off to the torrid start as Hawkins drained a three-pointer to kick off the scoring. Patterson added a layup ahead of a Raider three-pointer, before Patterson added a pair from the line. The Inferno went on another seven-point spurt as Hood connected on a layup, followed by a pair at the stripe from Selear and the first of her three-pointers to put the Inferno ahead 14-5.
MSOE scored a layup in the final 30 seconds before Mathies connected on a three-pointer to close out the opening quarter with Alverno leading 17-7.
Patterson got the scoring started in the second after grabbing a defensive board on the opening MSOE possession. An 18-3 run by the Raiders propelled the road team into the lead at 25-22, but Patterson put an end to the run on a jumper to pull Alverno back within one heading into the halftime break.
To open the second half Mathies made one at the line to tie the game at 25, before both teams exchanged baskets and then it was Selear to drain a three-ball off a pass from Hood to put the Inferno back up at 30-27 with 7:31 left in the third quarter. The score held for the next several minutes before both teams exchanged three-pointers, first MSOE followed by one from Hood to keep the Inferno up by three. The Raiders closed out the quarter on an 8-4 run to put MSOE ahead by one at 38-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
MSOE opened the fourth with a layup, followed by a jumper from Hood. The Inferno were only able to get as close as one over the ensuing possessions as the Raiders seemed to have a constant response for the offensive success by Alverno.
The Inferno took the lead on a three-pointer by Patterson at 46-44, but it was MSOE to respond, followed by a Patterson layup with 4:49 to go to put Alverno ahead at 48-46. In the end it was the Raiders to get hot late and pull away with a 14-0 run to close out the game and escape with the 60-48 victory.
Alverno (6-17, 5-13 NACC) closes out its home slate and will be on the road for its final two games against teams atop the NACC standings beginning with league-leader Wisconsin Lutheran on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on the west side of Milwaukee.