MILWAUKEE – Freshman Holly Denfeld had 17 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough as the MSOE women's basketball team fall to Alverno 64-61 in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NACC Tournament Saturday afternoon at Reiman Gymnasium.
The sixth-seeded Raiders (13-13) capped one of the most successful seasons in program history, tying the second-most wins in a season and posted the third season of .500-or-better. The No. 3 Inferno (18-8) advances to the semifinals Tuesday to take on No. 2 Concordia Wisconsin.
Denfeld was the only Raider in double-digits, capping her standout rookie campaign with her 11th double-double of the season. Senior Shannon Larson finished with eight points in her final collegiate game, while junior Ali LoBue scored nine points.
Jamie Hoernke and Ashley Berry had double-doubles to lead Alverno. Hoernke finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Berry had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Devon Gorman added 17 points for the home team.
The teams went to overtime tied at 57 and Denfeld opened the scoring in overtime with a jumper. Alverno answered back with four-straight points to take a 61-59 lead. Another Denfeld basket once again tied the score, but a pair of turnovers sunk the Raiders in the final minute. They had one final chance, but freshman Corrine Sanford's three-pointer with three seconds was off the mark.
The Raiders' defense was on display in the first half, as they limited the Inferno to just 26.1 percent shooting and came away with six steals. Offensively, MSOE shot a bit better at 37.5 percent, but made twice as many field goals (12-6). Alverno stayed close at the free throw line, attempting 10 more (15-8).
MSOE used a 10-0 run midway through the half to take control, turning a 10-9 deficit into a 19-10 lead. The home team responded with a 7-2 run, but the Raiders were able to rebuild their lead to eight at 29-21 by halftime.
Alverno opened the second half with a 15-2 run to jump ahead 36-31 on a Katie Bartlett layup at 14:17. MSOE played from behind for some a few minutes before going on an 8-2 run of its own for a brief one-point lead at 48-47 with 6:31 to play. The teams then traded the lead five more times down the stretch.
Junior Marly Trier hit a three-pointer with just over two minutes to play to make it 57-55 Raiders. Gorman responded with a layup 30 seconds later and the game went to overtime tied at 57.