Raider Preview (Dec. 18): MSOE Women’s Sports Closing Out Outstanding 2017

Raider Preview (Dec. 18): MSOE Women’s Sports Closing Out Outstanding 2017

MILWAUKEE – Women's athletics at MSOE enjoyed one of the department's best-ever campaigns in 2016-17, posting its highest NACC All-Sports standings finish in fourth place.

With two Women's Basketball games remaining in 2017, the Raiders are putting to rest an outstanding calendar year, with big steps forward for each program across the board.

For MSOE to take fourth in the NACC All-Sports, it is a big deal as the Red & White had never finished higher than seventh. Across eight sports, the department posted an average score of 8.625 points, taking into account both regular season and tournament finishes.

Two fall sports played a big role in the Raiders' boost in 2016 and followed it up with big seasons in 2017.

Most notably, the Women's Soccer team won both NACC regular season and tournament titles in 2016 without dropping a game. It was a first regular season crown and a second-straight tourney championship. This past fall, the Raiders repeated as regular season champs and returned to the tournament title match.

Women's Tennis finished sixth in 2016 and made the league tournament for the first time in five seasons. Under first-year head coach Ruth McGuire, MSOE won a school-record nine matches this past fall, booked a return trip to the NACC Tournament, and finished third in the standings.

Women's Volleyball won nine more games in 2017 than 2016 and Women's Cross Country have risen to the middle of the pack for the last three seasons with a young roster and bright future.

After the four fall sports, MSOE sits third in the standings with 8.75 points per team.

Women's Basketball, which is enjoying the best run in program history, is current 3-2 in the conference and tied for fourth. The team has posted 13-or-more wins in each of the last four seasons with an unprecedented four-straight campaigns with a .500 record-or-better.

Come springtime, Softball will take the field and hopes are high for the Red & White. The team won a school-record 29 games and finished tied for second in the league. Most of the lineup returns, led by All-American Emily Snow.

Women's Track & Field will get its indoor season started in January and could be poised for a big season as it will field one of the deepest rosters in program history this season and returns. Another former All-American highlights that roster, as well, in Jerica Kotarak.

As the calendar turns from 2017 to 2018, the Raider women can celebrate a great year of athletics. That will be short-lived, however, as they turn their sights to making 2018 even better.

Elsewhere Around MSOE Athletics…

  • Women's Basketball split a pair of games, falling at #13/18 UW-Whitewater and hammering Alverno by 30 on Saturday.
  • Men's Basketball dropped its lone contest last week, a four-point defeat at the hands of Concordia Wisconsin
  • Wrestling defeated Concordia Wisconsin 27-23 in its first dual meet of the season.

National Rankings...

  • Hockey is ranked #13 in D3hockey national poll. USCHO has the Raiders #14 in its Dec. 11 poll.

Coming Up This Week...

  • Women's Basketball (4-4, 3-2 / W2) plays a pair of non-conference games before the holiday break at Mount Mary Monday and at home against Loras Wednesday.
  • Men's Basketball (5-3, 5-2 NACC / L1) takes a break from league play to take on Carroll in Waukesha Tuesday.
Monday Women's Basketball @ Mount Mary 7:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Tuesday Men's Basketball @ Carroll 7:00 PM Video  |  Live Stats
Wednesday Women's Basketball Loras 7:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
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