MILWAUKEE – Junior Jamie Spanbauer scored a game-high 22 points, including 11 in the decisive third quarter to lead the MSOE women's basketball team to a 68-51 victory over Rockford Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (3-3, 2-2 NACC) outscored the Regents (0-6, 0-4 NACC) 20-7 in the third quarter to break a 32-32 halftime tie and continued to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Spanbauer scored the first eight points of the third quarter, hitting all four of her shot attempts and three 3-pointers. She also collected seven steals in the game. Senior Shaylan Reardon tallied 12 points and junior Brooke Scott finished with 10 and three steals.
Junior Samantha Brooker pulled down 12 rebounds in the game, adding a pair of blocks to the defensive effort.
Nicole Silvers scored 19 points for Rockford and Katie Hart finished with 11.
After a tough first half, MSOE caught fire to start the second. The team opened the half on an 11-2 run and finished 8-for-13 from the field in the half, 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, and came up with six steals.
The Raiders continued to pull away in the fourth quarter. Rockford pulled within 60-48 with just under five minutes remaining before the Red & White scored the next eight points to open a 20-point lead.
MSOE had struggled from the field in the first half, shooting just 28.1 percent over the first two quarters, but remained tenacious in attacking the basket. The team went to the free throw line 19 times in the half, making 14, and that helped to offset the Regents' shooting, which at times had been over 50 percent.
By the intermission, it was all a wash with the teams heading into the break tied at 32-32.
By shooting an even 50 percent in the second half, MSOE finished the game at 38.3 percent shooting. That included 6-of-21 from three-point range thanks to a 6-for-12 clip in the second half. Defensively, the Red & White finished with 18 steals in the game. The team ended the game 16-for-25 at the free throw line.
Rockford shot 36.7 percent in the game and went 5-of-16 on three-point attempts. The visitors also went 10-for-16 at the free throw line.
The Raiders return to the court Tuesday at No. 18 UW-Whitewater.