MILWAUKEE – Edgewood used a decisive 26-8 run over the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to hand the MSOE women's basketball team a 74-63 defeat Tuesday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (12-9, 10-6 NACC) led 23-21 late in the opening period, but the Eagles (10-10, 10-5 NACC) closed the half with 9-of-10 shooting and came out of halftime with a 14-6 run to seize control of the game.
Freshman Holly Denfeld pulled down 19 rebounds in the game, adding 12 points for her 10th double-double of the season. Junior Marly Trier led the team with 15 points, while senior Shannon Larson scored 10.
Rachel Pope led Edgewood with 19 points and five steals. Chelsey Watkins had 11 points and four steals and Mariah Hill finished with 14 points.
The score was back-and-forth to start, with neither offense clicking out of the gates. With MSOE up 23-21, the Eagles got hot, making nine of their last 10 shots of the half to take a 33-25 lead into halftime. The visitors picked up where they left off to start the second and built a 47-31 at the 14:26 mark.
The Raiders cut that deficit back to 12, but EC would answer each time to keep them at bay. MSOE made some headway in the final minutes, hitting three 3-pointers in the final 69 seconds of regulation to cut the deficit to seven, but it could get no closer.
Denfeld's 19-rebound performance was a career high and tied for the eighth-most rebounds in a game in school history. It was the most rebounds in a game by a Red and White player since Larson pulled down 22 on Jan. 3, 2011.
The Raiders return to action at home Saturday, hosting Benedictine.