MILWAUKEE - Senior Holly Denfeld reached 1,000 career rebounds and the MSOE women's basketball team put on a stifling defensive display as it defeated Edgewood 51-31 Wednesday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (9-11, 6-9 NACC) held the Eagles (0-20, 0-15 NACC) to under 20 percent shooting on the night.
Denfeld entered the night with 987 career rebounds and had five after just one quarter. She was up to nine at halftime and grabbed number 1,000 with 2:11 remaining in the third quarter. She is the second player in team history to the milestone and just the third NACC player with 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds.
Denfeld led all scorers with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Margaret Pugh was the next-highest scorer with six points, while four different players had five.
Allison Gordon led Edgewood with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
MSOE jumped ahead fast, as Denfeld scored the first six points of the game and back-to-back Raider three-pointers made it 12-2. The Red & White led 15-4 after that first quarter, limiting the visitors to just 1-for-10 shooting.
The Eagles were able to cut their deficit to 18-14 at halftime as the MSOE offense went cold in the second frame. The Raiders went 10:19 without a field goal and finished 1-for-8 shooting.
The shooting touch came back in the second half, as the Red & White scored the first 11 points of the third period to open a 29-14 on after a Denfeld steal and fastbreak layup. MSOE continued to expand its lead with sophomore Rachel Ruona knocking down a jumper in the final minute to establish its largest lead at 51-31.
The Red & White shot 35.8 percent from the field and went 10-for-11 at the free throw line in the game. More impressively, the defense held Edgewood to just 8-of-41 shooting and 0-for-7 from three-point range. The Eagles did get to the free throw line 20 times, making 15.
The Raiders return to the court Saturday at Aurora.