MILWAUKEE – Junior Jamie Spanbauer hit a game-winning basket for the second-straight game, this time with 1.3 seconds remaining, to lift the MSOE women's basketball team past Marian 53-51 Wednesday night at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (7-11, 6-8 NACC) led by as many as 18 in the game but saw the Sabres (3-15, 1-12 NACC) rally to tie the score late before escaping with the win.
Junior Kiana Jeremiah hit four 3-pointers in the game on her way to 15 points to lead the way. Senior Shaylan Reardon scored 13 points and Spanbauer finished with 12 in the game. Junior Samantha Brooker grabbed 13 rebounds, four steals, and blocked three shots.
Rachel Serchen scored a game-high 18 points for Marian. Brandi Bender added 11 points.
Bender completed the visitor's comeback with s three-pointer to tie the game at 48-48 with 1:39 remaining in regulation. MSOE hit three free throws over a pair of ensuing possessions to open up a 51-48 lead heading into the final seconds.
The Sabres were then given second life when Serchen banked in a three-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game again with just 5.8 seconds remaining. The Raiders called timeout and advanced the ball to midcourt.
Spanbauer took the inbounds pass and attacked the rim, hitting a go-ahead layup with just 1.3 seconds remaining. MU's last-ditch effort at the buzzer was off the mark and the Red & White escaped victorious.
Runs of 12-2 in the first quarter and 11-2 in the second period staked MSOE out to a 36-18 lead with just over two minutes to go before halftime. Unfortunately, the Raiders shot just 18.2 percent in the second half, allowing the visitors to claw back into the game.
The Red & White finished the night shooting 35.3 percent from the field, including an 8-for-24 clip from three-point range. The team was also 9-of-11 at the free throw line. Marian shot 40.4 percent from the field, hitting two of its seven 3-point attempts in the game. MU was 7-of-9 at the free throw line.
The Raiders, who are coming off a thrilling 62-61 win over Aurora last Saturday in which Spanbauer's go-ahead basket came with 19.3 seconds to go, return to the court Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran.