MILWAUKEE – For the 10th consecutive season the Alverno basketball program has had an All-Conference selection as announced by the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference earlier this week. Senior Mackenzie Mathies of Alverno earned All-NACC Honorable Mention accolades for the first time in her historic career.
Mathies started all 25 games for the Inferno this year as she led the team with an average of 39.2 minutes per game this season, which was tops in the conference in both total minutes and minutes per game.
On the year she amassed 381 points, which was the fourth most in a single-season in Alverno history and highest amongst Mathies' four seasons. She averaged 15.2 points per game, as the third highest amongst NACC student-athletes, while she connected on 134 field goals on the year with 60 of those coming from beyond the arc. Her 60 three-pointers made was also third-most in the league this year, while the total was just two shy of the program record that she had set as a junior in 2017-18.
Mathies ends her career third on the all-time scoring list with 1,175 total points in 102 games, she finished her career fifth in points per game at 11.5 and was fourth on the all-time field goals made list with exactly 400, with 212 of those coming from beyond the arc which is also the program record. She ended her career fifth all-tome in games played, and third all-time in games started with 93.
On the season Mathies also led the team with 102 defensive rebounds, and 143 total rebounds, while totaling 31 assists, and 26 steals, while also chipping in with three blocks her senior season. She ended her career with 94 offensive, 273 defensive and 367 total rebounds in 102 games played. Mathies tallied 163 helpers, 81 steals and seven blocks after adding career-highs in rebounds, steals and blocks in 2018-19.
Earning the Conference Player of the Year was Jen Dowden of Wisconsin Lutheran, while teammate Maddie Cruz earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Lexi Walter of Edgewood eared Freshman of the Year honors, while head coach Klay Knueppel was selected as the NACC Coach of the Year. The Warriors of Wisconsin Lutheran won the NACC Conference Championship, and will be playing the NCAA Division III Championship beginning on Friday, March 1.
Alverno finished the 2018-19 season with a six wins and will look to rebuild and regroup to make the NACC Conference Tournament in 2019-20 under second-year head coach Nancy Osborne.