MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team rebounded after a rough first half to cut an 18-point deficit as low as eight before falling to first-place Concordia Wisconsin 65-55 Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (5-6, 3-3 NACC) shot 53.8 percent in the second half and outscored the Falcons (9-2, 6-0 NACC) in each of the final two quarters, but it was not enough in the loss.
Baylee Barker scored a game-high 20 points for CUW, which also got 12 points and 18 rebounds from Audrey Scharmer. Clara Chambers chipped in 11.
MSOE led 11-7 in the first quarter when the Falcons got things going, rattling off a 16-0 run that spanned into the second quarter. The Raiders were without a field goal for 6:32 during that time.
The visitors then ended the half by holding the Red & White without a field goal for the final 5:11 and posting another run of seven-straight points to take a 33-18 lead into halftime.
After scoring 18 points in the opening half, MSOE got into a rhythm after halftime, scoring 18 points in the third quarter while shooting an even 50 percent from the field. The team pulled within eight points with 2:34 remaining in the quarter on sophomore Kayla Barreto's layup, prompting a timeout from the Falcon bench.
Concordia went on a run to open an 18-point lead at 60-42 with 4:54 to go in regulation, but the Raiders fought back with a 13-3 run that stretched into the final minutes and made it, momentarily, a single-digit game.
MSOE shot 53.8 percent in the second half to finish at 42.6 percent for the game. Despite conceding a height advantage at several positions on the floor, the team forged a 30-16 advantage in points in the paint. CUW finished the game shooting 33.9 percent from the field, but hit on 8-of-15 from three-point range and put together a 19-for-24 effort at the free throw line.
The Raiders return to action in the new year, starting the calendar off at Aurora Tuesday.