MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team scored a school-record 104 points for the second time this season, but it was not enough as it dropped an action-packed game to North Central 112-104 Tuesday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (5-4) trailed by as many as 25 in the first half while trying to adapt to the Cardinals' (5-3) frenetic, high-tempo style of play. Halftime adjustments nearly paid off as MSOE pulled as close as eight late.
MSOE also scored 104 points in a 104-49 victory over Mount Mary Nov. 25.
Freshmen led the way, as four rookies tallied career-high in points, led by Holly Denfeld's third-straight double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Corrine Sanford scored 21 points, Margaret Pugh 15 and Marisa Gerstbrein 12. Senior Shannon Larson gave her team a fifth double-digit scorer with 12.
Six different Cardinals topped 10 points, led by Anita Sterling's 16 off the bench. Uzuri Williams and Lauren Hernandez added 14 apiece.
The Raiders struggled to start the game to adapt and keep up with the North Central offense. While the shooting touch was not there for the home team, it was for the visitors. The Cardinals shot 54.4 percent in the frame, knocking down nine 3-pointers to build their lead as high as 25.
The Raiders closed the first half on an 8-3 run to make it 60-41 at the break. Then, they adapted in the second half, hanging with NCC and steadily cutting into the deficit. MSOE pulled within 10 for the first in the frame at 79-69 and hung around to get the deficit back there at 106-96 with 1:32 remaining. The Red and White would cut the final deficit to eight in the final moments on a Sanford three-pointer.
After shooting 38.2 percent in the first half, MSOE's adjustments paid off. The team hit 55 percent from the field after the break and limited the visitors to just 38.9 percent shooting in the half. The team also went to the free throw line 40 times on the night, making 31.
The Raiders return to action Thursday, playing at former conference foe Maranatha. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Watertown.