MADISON, Wis. – Freshman Margaret Pugh hit a go-ahead layup with 37 seconds remaining and sophomore Megan Kroll came away with a steal on the next defensive possession to seal a 61-56 win for the MSOE women's basketball team over Edgewood Tuesday evening at the Edgedome.
The Raiders (4-3, 3-1 NACC) trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half, but battled back and eventually pulled away the Eagles (2-6, 2-3 NACC).
MSOE trailed 30-21 at halftime and the deficit was 36-25 just under five minutes into the second half. The team began to chip away at the lead and would take the lead at 47-46 on a pair of free throws by freshman Corrine Sanford with 7:05 remaining.
Edgewood once again pulled into the lead, answering with six-straight points. The home team's lead was 54-49 when Kroll hit two free throws, senior Shannon Larson followed with a jumper and Kroll hit a jumper of her own for a 55-54 lead at 1:33.
Courtney Spangler hit a jumper for the Eagles 18 seconds later to give them the lead once more. After empty possessions both ways, Pugh put the Raiders ahead for good with 37 seconds to go. Larson blocked Brooke McBain's jumper at the other end and, after an offensive rebound, Kroll came away with a steal with nine seconds remaining.
She was immediately fouled and hit the ensuing free throws to push MSOE's lead to 59-56. A potential game-tying three-pointer by Mariah Hill was off the mark and freshman Holly Denfeld came down with the rebound to seal the win.
Larson led the Red and White with 16 points, while Kroll and Denfeld each posted double-doubles. Kroll scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Denfeld finished with 10 points and 13 boards. Pugh and Sanford added to the balanced attack with eight points each.
Spangler was the lone Eagle in double-figures with 16 points. Rachel Pope scored nine points and Brooke McBain tallied eight.
MSOE shot just 26.7 percent from the field in the first half, but bounced back with a 44.8 percent shooting clip in the second half for the comeback. The Raiders also hit on 19-of-24 from the free throw line, including 14-of-17 after halftime.
The Red and White are back on the floor Saturday, hosting Dominican at the Kern Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.