Alverno's Sizzling Start Proves Too Much for Sabres

MILWAUKEE (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team gave its best effort to overcome double digit deficits in each half, but time ran out as Alverno College came away with the 60-52 victory at home, this evening, Jan. 8.

The Inferno jumped out to an 18-2 advantage to start the game and never looked back, leading wire-to-wire en route to the eight-point victory. The Sabres were able to cut the deficit to two points at 47-45 with just under seven minutes remaining, but Alverno was able to get it done at the free throw line to maintain the lead and seal the victory.

Both teams put three players each in double figures. Alverno was led by Devon Gorman's game-high 18 points, while Kristen Speerschneider added 13 and Jamie Hoernke 11. The Sabres were led by Rissa Cerveny's 15 points, while Dani Huray added 12 and Sarah Albert chipped in 11.

Alverno moved to 9-6 overall, 6-2 NAC with the win, while Marian fell to 4-10 (3-5 NAC) with the loss.

An 18-2 Inferno run to open the game was fueled by a trio of three-pointers and solid free throw shooting, something that would carry them through to the end.

Marian would respond with a 10-0 run, with three-pointers from Albert and Cerveny and some help from Huray, to cut the deficit to six points. Cerveny would finish with 10 first half points as the Sabres shot just 25 percent (6-for-24) as a team and trailed 30-22.

In the second half, Alverno pushed the lead back up to 14 points with a 40-27 advantage at the 15:36 mark. The Sabres then embarked on an 18-7 run, including a 9-0 burst thanks to back-to-back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to two points.

Down two, Huray stole the ball from Gorman with 6:26 remaining to set up a possible game-tying possession, but then lost the handle late in the shot clock as Gorman returned the favor and converted a layup to put the Inferno up four. Alverno added five straight points after that to make it a 7-0 run and that was too much for the Sabres to overcome.

Gorman added 13 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season. Meanwhile, Cerveny also tallied a double-double with 11 rebounds to go with her 15 points, giving her three double-doubles as a freshman.

The Sabres were 9-of-31 from beyond the arc, while the Inferno went 20-for-26 from the free throw line. Alverno turned 18 Marian turnovers into 16 points, while the Sabres were only able to muster eight points out of 12 Inferno miscues.

The Sabres will be back at it this Thursday, Jan. 10, playing host to Concordia Wisconsin at home. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. inside Sadoff Gymnasium.