MILWAUKEE - Freshman point guard Aleah Herron from Milwaukee Rufus King scored 12 of her season-high 18 points in the second half but it wasn't enough as the UWM-Waukesha women's basketball team lost to Milwaukee Area Technical College 56-46 in a tough, physical nonconference game at Alverno College on Monday evening.
The gritty, determined performance equaled a season-high point total for UWM-Waukesha, which dropped to 0-4 overall.
The Cougars, who remain on a quest for their first victory of the season, were outscored 31-13 in the first half - including a key 16-6 margin in the opening quarter.
UWM-Waukesha showcased its resilience by outscoring the Stormers 20-7 in the momentum-shifting third quarter - highlighted with a 13-5 run over the course of the first seven minutes.
Herron had 10 points to help power the scoring surge, making two free throws to trim the deficit to 38-30 with 2:10 remaining.
The Cougars attempted to capitalize on several opportunities in the decisive fourth quarter but couldn't complete the comeback.
Freshman post player Kylah Schmidt from Slinger made a baseline jump shot from the right side to cut the lead to 50-42 with 2:44 left but couldn't get any closer.
Sophomore guard/forward Bri Jashinsky from Sussex Hamilton contributed 13 points with three baskets from 3-point range for the Cougars, who converted 17 of 29 free throws in the contest. Sophomore post player Ariel Gonzalez from Milwaukee Lutheran had five points with Schmidt and freshman guard Rataeshia Hartfield from Milwaukee Rufus King each adding four points.
It was the first victory of the season for MATC, which improved to 1-5 overall.