MILWAUKEE – Three seniors led the way to propel the MSOE women's basketball team to overtime, but Wisconsin Lutheran came away in the end with a 69-63 victory Wednesday evening at the Kern Center.
After playing their first-ever double-overtime game Saturday, the Raiders (7-8, 4-6 NACC) rallied again to force extra time only to see the Warriors (10-5, 10-1 NACC) pull away down the stretch.
Hilby scored 21 points and nailed three key three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Denfeld overcame early foul trouble to finish with 18 points and forced overtime with a layup with 4.3 seconds remaining. Pugh, meanwhile, scored the team's first eight points of the game on her way to 17 points, adding some key defensive stops down the stretch.
Jen Dowden scored a game-high 28 points for Wisconsin Lutheran. Caitlin Knueppel went 8-for-8 from the free throw line on her way to 17 points and Coreana Carson scored 10.
The first four quarters were tightly played with four lead changes and neither team able to extend a lead above two possessions. Even late, the visitors threatened to pull away, but the Raiders were right there.
Hilby had tied the game with a three-pointer 55-55 at the 5:15 mark of the fourth quarter and the Warriors would responded with five quick points. The visitors then played the final minutes from ahead until the final seconds.
The lead was 54-48 before Hilby hit three-pointers with 33.5 and 20.4 seconds remaining to make it 56-54. After two missed free throws, Denfeld then hit a layup to force overtime with just 4.3 seconds to go in regulation.
In the extra period, Wisconsin Lutheran led by three until four-straight points from Pugh put MSOE ahead 62-61 at the 46-second mark.
After a timeout, Dowden hit a go-ahead bucket with 30.5 seconds to go. Carson then came up with a steal with 19.4 seconds on the clock. WLC then made six-straight free throws to ice the game.
MSOE shot 42.9 percent for the game and went 10-for-12 at the free throw line. WLC finished at 47.2 percent on the night and went 14-for-21 at the charity stripe. Both teams committed 21 turnovers and the visitors held a slight 31-30 rebounding edge.
During the game, Denfeld surpassed Carol Cayo for second in school history with 1,594 career points.
The Raiders return to the court Saturday at Benedictine.