RIVER FOREST, Illinois – Senior Holly Denfeld had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead three players in double-figures as the MSOE women's basketball team won its third-straight game, this time 58-52 against Dominican Saturday afternoon at Igini Sports Forum.
The Raiders (4-2, 3-2 NACC) went 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to dampen any comeback attempts by the Stars (1-6, 0-3 NACC).
Denfeld scored nine points in the decisive fourth quarter alone, finishing with her third double-double of the season. Senior Lizzy Hilby scored 16 points and sophomore Jamie Spanbauer was 8-for-8 at the free throw line on her way to 10 points, adding six assists in the process.
Shamia Clark scored 16 points, going 4-for-6 from three-point range, and Claudia DeNigris had 15 for Dominican.
MSOE broke a 24-24 tie on a Hilby jumper with 4:08 remaining in the second half and played almost exclusively from the front the rest of the game. The Stars would pull even on a Clark three-pointer 8;51 of game time later.
Hilby responded with a layup to break the tie 24 seconds later and, while the Raiders struggled to pull away, the home team would not catch up again. A protracted 9-2 run over a span of 6:49 built their first double-digit lead, one that would peak at 58-47 with 23 seconds remaining amidst a run of eight-straight free throws made in the final 62 seconds that effectively iced the game.
The Red & White finished the game 16-of-18 at the free throw line as it effectively negated hot shooting from beyond the arc by the Stars to secure the win. Dominican followed Clark's lead shot was 7-for-13 on three's, but managed to get to the free throw line just nine times, making five. Otherwise, both teams made 20 field goals, with MSOE shooting 40 percent and DU 37.7.
The Raiders now face a three-game week, beginning with the first of a pair of non-league contests Monday against Maranatha at the Kern Center.