Women’s Basketball Battles CUW Before Falling

Women’s Basketball Battles CUW Before Falling

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.

Senior Shaylan Reardon led the way with 19 points and junior Jamie Spanbauer added 14.

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.