MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team fell into an early hole and just could not catch Concordia Wisconsin in falling 59-47 Tuesday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (6-5, 3-3 NACC) couldn't get into a rhythm on offense against the visiting Falcons (8-2, 6-1 NACC).
Senior Holly Denfeld collected her second-straight double-double with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds despite being limited to just 24 minutes with foul trouble. She converted a three-point play with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter to surpass 1,500 points for her career and finished the night with 1,512. Denfeld is the fourth Raider woman to reach the milestone.
Sophomore Jamie Spanbauer knocked down three first-half three-pointers on her way to 11 points.
Brianna Wagner led three players in double-figures for Concordia Wisconsin with 14 points. Baylee Barker and Taylor DeLong chipped in 10 points apiece.
An early seven-point spurt in the opening minutes gave the visitors a cushion to work with, turning a 7-7 tie into a 14-7 Falcon lead.
The Raiders pulled within 17-12 by the end of the first quarter, but each time they pulled within two possessions, Concordia would pull away. After a Spanbauer three-pointer made it 23-17, CUW rattled off a 9-4 run to make it 32-21 late in the half.
Denfeld was limited to just six minutes in the first half with foul trouble, but her presence made a big difference after the break. She tallied five-straight points to pull her team with six again at 37-31 in the third period for another 6-0 run by the Falcons.
MSOE would pull as close as seven points one other time, as a Denfeld three-point play started a 7-2 run that carried into the final quarter and made it 45-38. This time it was five-straight points by the visitors to carry the deficit back into double-digits where it remained the rest of the night.
The Red & White shot 32.7 percent in the game, including 4-of-18 from three-point range. The team committed just 12 turnovers and went 9-for-10 at the free throw line. CUW finished shooting 40.7 percent on the night with 3-for-12 from three-point range. The Falcons got to the free throw line 17 times and made 12.
The Raiders return to the court, hosting Aurora at 2 p.m.