MILWAUKEE – Senior Shaylan Reardon and junior Jamie Spanbauer each posted double-doubles as the MSOE women's basketball team played with Concordia Chicago down to the wire in a tight 61-59 loss Wednesday night at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (5-9, 3-6 NACC) had two chances to tie the Cougars (9-2, 7-2 NACC) in the closing seconds but could not get a clean shot.
Taylor Jacobsen finished with 20 points and Crystal Corr 10 for Concordia Chicago.
In a tightly-played second half, CUC broke a 56-56 tie with a three-pointer followed by a steal and layup to jump out to a five-point lead at 61-56 with just under three minutes to play. MSOE whittled away at the lead with three free throws to make it a one-possession game inside the final minute.
Trailing by two, Spanbauer came up with a steal with 25 seconds to go to set up a set play coming out of a timeout seconds later. A contested layup was off the mark and the Red & White had to foul to get to the bonus.
On the third foul the Cougars missed two free throws and Reardon pulled down a rebound with 3.9 seconds on the clock to set up one more chance. Once again, CUC clogged the paint and denied a game-tying chance as the horn sounded.
MSOE had jumped out early, stifling the CUC offense in the opening quarter. The home team scored the first six points as part of a 9-2 run to start the game. The visitors missed their first nine shots of the game but fought back to 9-6 before the Raiders responded with eight-straight points to open an 11-point lead at 17-6 on a Jeremiah jumper seconds into the second quarter.
The NACC's highest-scoring team wouldn't stay dormant all night, getting into a rhythm in the second quarter to pull even by halftime. After trailing by 11 at 19-8, Concordia went on an 18-6 run to take its first lead of the game at 26-25 just over two minutes before halftime. The teams battled down to the wire and went into halftime tied at 29-29.
The Cougars scored the first six points of the second half but MSOE came right back to keep the game tight until the closing minutes.
The Raiders shot 36.7 percent in the game, hitting on 6-of-21 three-pointers. All six treys came in the second half when they shot a 54.5 percent clip. CUC shot 39.3 percent for the game, making 7-of-20 three-point tries, on its way to a season-low 61 points.
MSOE returns to the floor Saturday at Dominican.