LISLE, Illinois – The MSOE women's basketball team fell to Benedictine 53-45 Saturday afternoon at the Rice Center.
The Raiders (7-9, 4-7 NACC) trailed 33-17 at halftime and outscored the Eagles (14-3, 10-2 NACC) in each of the final two quarters, but could not catch up in the end.
Senior Holly Denfeld had a big game with 17 points and 19 rebounds. She was limited to just six shot attempts through three quarters, but came on strong with nine points and eight rebounds in the final quarter.
Venita Parsons scored a game-high 18 points off the bench for Benedictine, hitting on four 3-pointers in the game. Georgia Alexakos finished with 12.
BenU went on a 10-0 run to end the first quarter and start the second in seizing control of the game quickly. The stretch turned a 9-7 Red & White deficit into 19-7 and paved the way for the 16-point difference at halftime.
The Raiders did limit the home team to just 2-for-15 shooting in the third quarter but were only able to pick up three points on the Eagles by going 3-of-13 themselves.
Denfeld then sparked a comeback attempt in a relatively offensive fourth quarter. Her three-point play with 2:08 remaining called a 9-1 run and pulled MSOE within seven at 48-41 and the Raiders called a timeout. Unfortunately, Benedictine scored the next four points to throw water on the comeback attempt the game and seal the victory.
Neither team was particularly efficient on offense in the game, with the Raiders shooting 34 percent from the field with 23 turnovers and BenU finishing at 31.6 percent. The Eagles did go 9-of-18 from three-point range to effectively stave off chances of a Red & White comeback.
MSOE returns to the court Tuesday at Concordia Wisconsin.