MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team scored the fifth-most points in a game in school history, but it was not enough as the Raiders dropped a thriller, 96-92, to Alverno in overtime Saturday evening at the Kern Center.
MSOE (8-6, 6-3) scored over 90 points for the fourth time this season, but it was not enough as the Inferno (10-5, 7-3 NACC) shot 3-of-4 from the field and 8-of-9 at the free throw line in the extra period.
Sophomore Megan Kroll had a strong all-around game with 27 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. She was 8-of-14 from the field, hit a pair of threes and made all nine free throw attempts. Three more Raiders scored in double-digits, as freshman Holly Denfeld finished with 19 points and juniors Bre'Ana Strong and Marly Trier scored 12 apiece.
Jamie Hoenke scored 24 points and Kristen Speerschneider had 23 for Alverno. Ashley Berry added 17.
The Raiders carried a 43-41 lead into halftime and early in the second half, rattled off 10-straight points to break a 45-45 tie. The run was capped 15:11 after back-to-back threes by freshman Marisa Gerstbrein and Kroll.
MSOE's lead peaked at 12 points when a Strong jumper made it 65-53 at 12:05. From then on, the Inferno whittled away at the home team's advantage. The lead was still seven with 6:45 to play, but three-straight jumpers in a 90-second span quickly made it a one-point game.
AC pulled ahead on a Hoernke jumper at 3:33 to make it 80-78 and led 81-78 when Kroll went to the free throw line at 1:23. She sank both charity tosses to set up a tense final moments. Alverno missed four field goal tries and two free throws to end regulation, while the Raiders were limited to one missed shot and a turnover in that time.
Trier grabbed a defensive rebound with 16 seconds remaining to set up MSOE's last chance. The ball ended up in Denfeld's hands and she was fouled on her shot with 3.1 seconds to go. She missed the first free throw, but made the second to tie the game at 81-81. Speerchneider had an open half court heave on the near sideline, but had her attempt go off the mark, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period, the Raiders jumped ahead by four with just over three minutes remaining, but could not keep up with AC's shooting. Gerstbrein hit a three at the buzzer to provide for the final tally.
The Red and White topped the 90-point mark for the fourth time this season. Those games have accounted for the school record (twice), fifth and sixth-highest scoring outputs in school history. The Raiders lead the NACC in scoring at 74.6 points per game.
MSOE returns to action Wednesday, playing at Benedictine.