MILWAUKEE – Senior Holly Denfeld posted her third-straight double-double to lead three players in double-figures and the MSOE women's basketball defeated Aurora 60-50 Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (7-5, 4-3 NACC) outlasted the Spartans (2-11, 1-7 NACC) by outscoring them in each of the four quarters and staving off the visitors throughout the day.
Denfeld finished the game with 20 points and 16 rebounds for her sixth double-double in seven games. Also, just one game after registering her 1,500th career point, she reached 900 rebounds. Just the second player to reach the mark in program history, she ended the day with 901 boards in her career.
Alyssa Brems shared game-high scoring honors with 20 points for Aurora.
There was six ties and a pair of lead changes in the first quarter, the last coming at 16-16 just inside the second quarter. Later in the frame, eight-straight MSOE points opened a 30-21 lead, but AU bounced right back to pull within 30-26 at halftime and open the scoring after the break to make it a 30-28 game.
Fortunately, senior Margaret Pugh hit a jumper and Spanbauer drained a three for five quick points to give the Raiders the cushion they would need at 35-28. The visitors would get no closer than two possessions the rest of the day.
The Red & White advantage peaked at 13 early in the fourth quarter at 47-34 with 8:06 remaining, but the Spartans remained persistent. They made one final gasp and pulled within 52-48 on a Brems three-pointer with 3:02 to play, but Hilby cancelled it out with a trey on the next possession to put the game out of reach.
MSOE shot 39.6 percent in the game, making four 3-pointers and getting to the free throw line 20 times with 14 makes. It also turned the ball over just 14 times against 15 assists. Defensively, the Red & White limited Aurora to 365 percent shooting and allowed the team to a 7-for-10 clip at the charity stripe.
The Raiders return to the court Wednesday at Lakeland.