MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team had its best shooting game of the season, but could not stop Wisconsin Lutheran over the middle two quarters in falling 74-58 Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Complex.
The Raiders (1-2, 0-2 NACC) shot 44.4 percent from the field and went 17-for-20 at the free throw line, but were outscored 43-21 over the second and third quarters in falling to the Warriors (1-2, 1-0 NACC).
Senior Holly Denfeld led the way with 21 points and seven rebounds, going 6-of-10 from the field and 9-for-10 at the line in the game. Sophomore Jamie Spanbauer finished with 13 points and three assists.
Caitlin Knueppel scored a game-high 22 points, while Jen Dowden added 18 for Wisconsin Lutheran.
MSOE never trailed in the opening quarter and opened a lead as large as 10 at 19-9 after a 10-0 run. It led 19-14 after one quarter as WLC started to get back into the game. Coupled with scoring the final five points of the first quarter, the Warriors put together a 20-6 run to open a 29-25 just under two minutes left in the first half and led 31-29 at the intermission.
The Raiders rallied for a brief lead early in the third quarter, but the home team started to pull away by outscoring them 26-11. The Red & White committed nine turnovers and took just 11 shots in the frame, while Denfeld was held without a field goal attempt. At the other end of the court, Wisconsin Lutheran was 9-for-18 from the field with three 3-pointers and went 5-for-5 at the line in opening a 57-40 advantage heading into the final frame.
MSOE took care of the ball and got to the free throw line 11 times in the fourth quarter, but the game was out of reach. The team did outscore WLC 18-17 in the period, but could get no closer than 12 points.
While the Raiders shot the ball efficiently and got to the free throw line, the Warriors were just marginally better, shooting 46.3 percent from the field and making all 17 of their free throw attempts. They also hit on 7-of-20 from three-point range against the Red & White's 1-for-8.
MSOE returns to the court Dec. 3, hosting Alverno and former head coach Jess Ott at the Kern Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.