MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team shot 66.7 percent from the field in the second half to pull away and defeat Concordia Chicago 91-62 Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (8-4, 6-1 NACC) finished at 57.4 percent shooting for the game in opening up the new year with a decisive victory over the Cougars (0-11, 0-8 NACC).
Sophomore Megan Kroll scored 26 points to lead MSOE, while freshman Holly Denfeld collected her seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Shannon Larson scored 14 points and Marisa Gerstbrein added 10 as the Red and White put four in double-figures, while 10 different players scored.
Divinity Stephens led CUC off with bench with 16 points. April Broska and Morgan Jahnke scored 11 points apiece.
MSOE never trailed in the contest and steadily pulled away throughout the first half, taking a 41-25 lead into the intermission. After the break, the Raiders quickly pushed their lead to 20 points and was ahead 59-32 at the 13:45 mark.
Concordia Chicago did respond with 10-straight points, and kept within 20 until the final minutes. Three free throws for the Red and White with 5:17 remaining made it a 20-point game once again and the home team closed out the game on an 18-6 run to provide for the final margin.
The Raiders shot an even 50 percent in the opening half before shooting even better in the second. Meanwhile, their defense limited the Cougars to 33.9 percent shooting and 8-of-27 from three-point range. MSOE also forged a strong 45-26 rebounding advantage, led By Denfeld's sixth-straight double-digit rebounding game.
The Red and White is back in action Tuesday, hitting the road to play at Aurora.