MILWAUKEE – In a game with 13 lead changes, the MSOE women's basketball team came up on the short end of a 66-62 defeat against Edgewood Tuesday night at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (7-13, 6-10 NACC) led by as many as five in the second half but could not overcome a late lead by the Eagles (9-11, 7-8 NACC) in falling.
Sophomore Kayla Barreto led the team with 15 points. Senior Shaylan Reardon finished with 14 points and seven rebounds while junior Kiana Jeremiah tallied 10 points. Junior Samantha Brooker scored nine points, grabbed eight boards, and had three steals.
Abby Shane led Edgewood with 24 points and six made threes. Kelly Carpenter chipped in 13 points off the bench and Allison Gordon finished with 10.
Each team had a four-point lead in a tight first half, which featured seven ties in the frame. MSOE then held the Eagles without a point over the final 4:27 in the first half and scored five-straight to take a 31-28 lead into halftime.
The back-and-forth trend carried over into the second half when the Raiders twice built five-point leads and the visitors coming back each time. The Red & White owned a 49-44 lead when the Eagles scored the next eight points for a 52-49 lead with 6:12 remaining in the game.
That lead peaked at 57-51 before the Raiders rallied back with a Jeremiah three-point play and Barreto added a free throw. EC answered with back-to-back buckets to re-establish a six-point cushion. Trailing 61-55, MSOE had another gasp in them as Barreto rattled off five-straight points to make it a 61-60 game with 1:20 to play.
Shane hit her sixth trey of the game 20 seconds later for a four-point lead but junior Jamie Spanbauer once again made it a one-possession game with a pair of free throws at the 49.3-second mark.
The Raiders then forced a shot clock violation with 18.0 on the clock to have the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead. A quick layup was off the mark and the Red & White were forced into foul mode with Shane converting a pair of free throws inside the final five seconds to put the game out of reach.
MSOE shot 42.1 percent from the night, struggling from distance with a 3-for-19 clip beyond the arc, but battled for 34 points in the paint. Edgewood suffered no such affliction, making 9-of-21 three-pointers as a part of a 40.4 percent shooting night
The Raiders return to the court Saturday, hosting Benedictine.