MILWAUKEE – Senior Holly Denfeld scored 28 points and pulled down 19 rebounds, but it was not enough as the MSOE women's basketball fell to Concordia Chicago in the first double overtime game in team history, 81-75, at the Kern Center Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders (7-7, 4-5 NACC) scored last to force overtime and then the second, but could not overtake the Cougars (9-5, 8-3 NACC) in the late stages of the second extra period.
Denfeld posted a season-high point total on 12-of-19 shooting in the game, while tying a career-high with 19 boards. It was her fifth-straight double-double and her eighth over the last nine games.
Sophomore Jamie Spanbauer hit five 3-pointers for the second-straight games to finish with 17 points and senior Margaret Pugh notched 11 points in the game. Senior Lizzy Hilby had a strong outing with eight points and eight assists.
Taylor Jacobson hit on six 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 33 points for Concordia Chicago. Courtney Lofink had 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and seven steals. Lauren Orr rounded out double-digit scorers with 13.
At the end of regulation, Spanbauer tied the game at 59-59 with 1:29 remaining in the game, answering a three-pointer from Miranda Rogers moments earlier. Neither team could convert a tie-breaking basket down the stretch and Denfeld made sure of that with a game-saving blocked shot just as time expired.
In the first overtime, it was back and forth, with Jacobson making it a 67-66 game with 22 seconds remaining. The Raiders called a time out and got the ball into Denfeld, who was fouled with 10 seconds on the clock. She sank 1-of-2 charity tosses to tie the game once again and grabbed a defensive board at time expired to punch the game's ticket to another overtime.
Denfeld scored four-straight points to stake MSOE to a 75-72 lead in the second extra period, but Lofink tied the game with an old fashioned three-point play just seconds later. After an empty possession, Jacobson broke the tie with another trey and CUC made 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
The Raiders shot 47 percent from the field with six made three-pointers. Meanwhile, the Cougars hit on 41.9 percent from the field in the game, including 12-for-37 from deep. The game was light in free throws with the Red & White going 7-for-10 and the visitors just 7-of-11.
MSOE returns to the court Wednesday, hosting Wisconsin Lutheran.