AURORA, Illinois – The MSOE women's basketball team shot nearly 55 percent in the second half to erase an 11-point deficit and defeat Aurora 69-59 Saturday afternoon on Lancaster Court.
The Raiders (10-11, 7-9 NACC), who trailed by as many as 13, outscored the Spartans (4-17, 3-13 NACC) 44-23 in the second half to race to the victory.
Senior Holly Denfeld scored 28 points, including 19 in the second half, to lead the way. She shot 8-for-14 from the field and finished 12-of-13 at the free throw line. She went 9-for-10 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Allie Reichert led Aurora with 21 points. Adriana Ramirez scored 13 and Alyssa Brems tallied 11.
The home team had a slight 14-13 lead after one quarter before really opening up the game with a 22-12 advantage in the second quarter to make it 36-25.
The Raiders came out of the gates in second half firing on all cylinders, rattling off a 16-4 run over the first 6:11 of the third quarter to take a 41-40 lead. They held Aurora without a field goal for over five minutes to start the period. The teams traded the lead three times and AU still managed a 44-43 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
After an Aurora free throw started the scoring in the fourth quarter, Denfeld went on a personal 7-2 run to thrust her team back into the lead. Jeremiah followed with a three-pointer as the rest of the team got into the act and scored the next seven points to push the run to 14-2, resulting in a 57-47 lead with 4:24 remaining in the game.
MSOE's lead peak at 12 points and the team went 7-for-8 at the free throw line in the final minute to secure the win.
The Raiders shot 54.5 percent in the second half to finish at a healthy 47.7 percent shooting for the game. They added a 6-for-15 clip from three-point range and were 21-of-25 at the free throw line in the game. Aurora shot 44.2 percent from the field on the day, including 5-for-13 from downtown. The home also went to the free throw line 25 times, converting on 16.