MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team opened the second half on a 21-7 run to erase a seven-point deficit and get past Lakeland 61-55 Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (7-4, 5-1 NACC) erased the Muskies' (4-6, 2-4 NACC) 27-20 lead by scoring the first nine points of the second half.
Freshman Holly Denfeld led four players in double-figures for MSOE, notching her fourth double-double in five games with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Shannon Larson and freshman Corrine Sanford scored 11 points apiece and junior Bre'Ana Strong added 10.
Leah Eisner led Lakeland with a game-high 21 points, while Taylor Jandrin hit four 3-pointers for 12 points.
Facing a seven-point deficit at halftime, the Raiders opened the second half with nine-straight points. Then, shortly after that, they went on another 9-2 run to build a 41-34 lead on a Larson jumper with 12:50 to play. The Muskies would fight back, but the Red and White seemed to have an answer each time.
Lakeland took a brief 46-45 lead with 6:57 to go, but Denfeld responded with a layup to put MSOE in the lead for good. LC tied the game on several occasions, but could not overtake the home team.
Eisner pulled her team within 57-55 on a pair of free throws with 34 seconds on the clock. After a quick foul, Sanford made the first of two free throws. She missed the second, but Larson was there for the rebound and was fouled on the putback.
Larson made one charity toss, but Sanford came away with a defensive rebound on the other end and iced the game by sinking a pair of free throws with two seconds to go.
MSOE struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 22.2 percent and being outrebounded by eight (24-16). After the intermission, the Raiders shot a blistering 55.2 percent and cleaned up its rebounding to the tune of a +6 margin (19-13).
With the win, they have matched their best six-game conference start ever at 5-1. The Red and White went 6-1 to start the 2011-12 conference slate.
MSOE takes the holidays off, returning to action in 2014. The team hosts Concordia Chicago in its return to the hardwood Jan. 4.