Trier, Strong Power MSOE Past Aurora

Trier, Strong Power MSOE Past Aurora

MILWAUKEE – Juniors Marly Trier and Bre'Ana Strong scored 21 points apiece to lead the MSOE women's basketball team to a 78-68 victory over Aurora Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.

The Raiders (12-6, 10-3 NACC) went 25-for-32 at the free throw line in winning their 12th game of the year, the third-most in a season in school history.

Trier did her offensive damage on 8-of-14 shooting, but added five steals and five rebounds in the game. Strong led the free throw efforts off the bench, hitting 10-of-11 in the game. Freshmen Holly Denfeld and Margaret Pugh had nine points apiece with Denfeld adding 10 rebounds.

Bethany Dorrington led the Spartans (8-10, 7-6 NACC) with 29 points and seven rebounds. Shay Jenkins finished with 19 points. She made five 3-pointers, including four in the first half.

Aurora led 39-37 at halftime and had a four-point lead at 43-39 just under three minutes into the second frame. The Red and White then stormed ahead with 14-straight points in a five-minute span to pull ahead 53-43.

The lead was still 10 with 11:08 remaining when Aurora started to mount a comeback. The visitors scored six-straight points to pull within four. It was 61-57 with 7:09 to go, but the Raiders had another strong run in them, as they scored nine-straight points to go ahead by a game-high 13 at 70-57 with 3:29 to go. They then hit 8-of-10 free throws over the last 90 seconds to ice the game.

The Raiders shot 45.5 percent from the field and committed just nine turnovers in the game, tied for the third-fewest in a game in school history.

Aurora shot 56 percent in the first half, but cooled off to 37.9 percent after the intermission and finished at 46.3 percent for the game. The Red and White forced it into 17 turnovers and put the visitors at the free throw line just 15 times (10 made).

MSOE returns to action at Lakeland Wednesday.

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