WATERTOWN, Wis. – Alverno and the Crusaders see-sawed back and forth through the second half and into overtime, before the Inferno wrenched away a 71-68 victory Monday night.
In the first half and early into the second half, the Inferno played stiff defense on the Crusaders, forcing them to take shots late into the shot clock possession.
Alverno twice came back from seven-point deficits in the second half to either tie or claim the lead, the latter of which came on a 60-60 tie off a three-pointer by Alverno’s Alicia Kontowski.
Kontowski put the Inferno up on the next possession before Kristin Morrison was fouled, making both shots to even the score once again.
The score stayed 62-62 to send the game into overtime where Torey DeLozier’s free-throw shots with 1:39 left the teams deadlocked for the 11th time in the game at 67 all.
A jumper and a pair of free throws were enough to tilt the game in favor of Alverno, who finally pulled away for the three-point victory.
Junior guard Hallie Nelson (Rockford, Ill.) shot 7-12 from the field for 20 points and three assists, while sophomore center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.
DeLozier finished with 17 points, five rebounds and four steals.
The Crusaders move on to face Wisconsin Lutheran on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.