MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team hit a season-high nine 3-pointers and put together a strong defensive effort in pulling away from Maranatha for a 60-34 victory Monday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders' (5-2) nine 3's were their most made in a game in just under six years and helped them down the Sabercats (3-5) for their fourth-straight win.
Senior Holly Denfeld finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for her second-straight double-double and moved into second place in school history with 847 career rebounds. Senior Lizzy Hilby hit on four 3-pointers in the game on her way to 17 points, adding four assists and three steals.
Alexis Johnson and Hanna Glaze each scored 12 points for Maranatha. Johnson racked up eight rebounds and seven steals, while Glaze had five steals.
MSOE got its offense to a slow start, trailing 7-5 just under six minutes into the game. That is when the three-pointers started to fall. Hilby and sophomore Brooke Scott each drained two during a 16-3 run that spanned well into the second half and opened a 21-10 lead for the Raiders with 4:29 to go before halftime.
The Raiders continued to pull away in the second half by holding the Sabercats without a made field goal for large stretches, including 5:20 in the second half and again over the final 8:37 of the game. In fact, they scored the final 10 points on the game to outscore the visitors 12-2 in the fourth quarter.
MBU fielded a five-forward lineup to force MSOE outside and the Red & White responded. After hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarters, the Raiders tacked on four more in the second to set a season-high for three's in a game by halftime.
While MSOE was forced outside for much of the first half, it found its way inside in the second half. The team attempted just four 3-pointers after the intermission and finished the night shooting 40 percent from the field. The Red & White hit on 9-of-20 from three-point range, its highest total since making 10 Dec. 16, 2010, and went 11-of-12 at the free throw line.
Defensively, the Raiders forced 25 turnovers in the game and held Maranatha to just 24.5 percent shooting, including 1-for-11 in the fourth quarter.
MSOE continues its busy week Wednesday, hosting Illinois Tech.