Muskies suffer first NAC loss against Alverno
Athletics - posted on 1/9/2010
A thunderous Alverno rally out of halftime closed the gap on a 15 point Lakeland lead as the Lakeland College women's basketball team suffered its first Northern Athletics Conference loss of the season, falling 61-55 Saturday afternoon at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
Lakeland (10-3, 5-1)appeared to be in control of the game heading into the break with a 29-14 lead after Alverno struggled from the field, connecting on just 20 percent of its shot attempts (4 of 20) while committing 14 turnovers.
Alverno (6-8, 4-4) came out after halftime and quickly scored the first 11 points of the half to cut the Lakeland advantage to four. The Inferno took the lead for the final time at 41-40 with 10:14 remaining in the second half.
"Most of our problems in the second half was Alverno beating us down the floor," Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson said. "We played too comfortable and Alverno came out and played strong in the second half."
The Inferno reversed their shooting woes after half time to make 56 percent of its attempts from the field while connecting on 5 of 7 three point attempts after failing to register a three pointer in the first half.
Gabby Allen scored 21 of her 24 game-leading points in the second half to lead the Alverno charge.
KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) paced Lakeland with 16 points and 11 rebounds and was a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Leah Eisner (Stevens Point) came off of the bench to add 12 points.
"A loss can be good as long as we learn something," Johnson said. "We need to go back and see our mistakes so that we can erase what we're doing wrong."
The Muskies return to NAC action on Tuesday, Jan. 12 with a 7 p.m. home contest against Concordia Wisconsin.
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