MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball got off to a cold start in its 2017-18 season-opener but finished strong in an 85-52 loss to Elmhurst Saturday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (0-1) were outscored by the Bluejays (1-1) 31-9 in the first quarter but found their shooting touch late in the game to tie the visitors 33-33 after halftime and win the fourth quarter, 23-18.
Senior Shaylan Reardon scored 16 points in her return to the court after two years away due to injury. Junior Brooke Scott scored five points and junior Samantha Brooker had a solid defensive game with eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Five Elmhurst players scored in double-figures and seven notched at least eight points led by Mikaela Ebbard's game-high 18 points.
MSOE had scored the first six points of the game on its first three shots before going cold to the tune of just one for its next 19 from the field. Meanwhile, the Bluejays got going and answered with a 20-0 run to take control of the game early on.
The Raiders tied a school record by going 11-for-11 at the free throw line. It was their third game in program history with at least 10 free throws made without a miss and their first since Feb. 10, 2016.
MSOE shot 29 percent from the field on the night, including 5-of-21 from three-point range. All five treys came in the second half. Elmhurst shot 56.4 percent in the game, including over 61 percent in the second half, and made 10-of-22 three-pointers.
Both teams protected the ball relatively well, with the Bluejays earning a slight advantage, 15-14.
The Raiders will regroup and go for their first win Tuesday, hitting the road to play at Illinois Tech. The Scarlet Hawks will join the NACC next season.