MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team shot 52.8 percent from the field and used a decisive 22-5 run to shoot past Marian, 75-63, Tuesday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (11-6, 9-3 NACC) scored the final six points of the first half and opened the second on a 16-5 run to build a 24-point lead. The Sabres (3-14, 3-9 NACC) fought back to make it close, but could get no closer than 10 the rest of the game.
MSOE put five in double-digits, led by senior Shannon Larson's 18-point, nine-rebound performance. Freshman Holly Denfeld added 14 points and nine rebounds, while freshmen Marisa Gerstbrein, Corrine Sanford and Margaret Pugh added 10 points apiece.
Sarah Albert scored 18 points for Marian, hitting on 5-of-6 three-point attempts on the night. Nicole Paulus scored 11 points off the bench and Amelia Mirsberger finished with 10.
MSOE jumped out to a 12-2 lead and built its lead up to 13 at 30-17 on a three-pointer from junior Bre'Ana Strong before the Sabres could battle back into the game. The visitors answered with a 10-4 run to make it 34-27 late, but the Raiders closed the half with six-straight points to take a 40-29 lead into halftime.
After the break, the Red and White got off to a strong start, opening on a 16-5 run to push their lead to a game-high 24 points at 56-32 at the 13:01 mark of the half on a layup by junior Ali LoBue.
The Sabres stiffened up on defense and started to come back. They went on a 15-4 team to pull back within 13 with 8:29 remaining. MSOE would get its lead back up to 19 at 68-49, but Marian would not go away. MU rattled off another 11-2 to make it just a 10-point game at 70-60 with 1:47 to go.
That's as close as the game would be, as the Raiders made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The Raiders shot well from the field, hit on 16-of-20 from the free throw line and scored a 43-23 rebounding advantage in the win. Marian struggled from the field, hitting just 34 percent of its shots on the night, but sank 10 of its 20 three-point attempts. The Sabres did a lot of their damage late at the free throw line, finishing 17-for-23 at the charity stripe.
MSOE remains home for its next game, hosting Aurora Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kern Center.