MILWAUKEE – Junior Jamie Spanbauer scored 29 points and senior Shaylan Reardon had 23 to lead the MSOE women's basketball team to a 79-72 victory over Benedictine Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (8-13, 6-10 NACC) never trailed in taking down the second-place Eagles (15-6, 12-4 NACC) and avenge a 74-41 loss on the road last month.
Spanbauer had 18 points in the first half and went 11-for-14 at the free throw line. She added eight rebounds in the game. Reardon caught fire after the intermission, shooting 7-for-9 in the second half on her way to 19 points. Sophomore Kayla Barreto added 12 points and seven rebounds while junior Samantha Brooker pulled down 12 rebounds.
D'Asia Williams scored 18 points to lead BenU. Venita Parsons tallied 17 points and Georgia Alexakos chipped in 12.
MSOE jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game and pushed its lead to double-digits for the first time at 19-9 with 2:20 to go in the first quarter. The lead was 22-14 heading into the second quarter and would reach 26-14 before the Eagles battled to make it 37-31 at halftime.
The visitors did not stop there, opening the second half with a 6-2 run to pull within two points at 39-37. The score was still within two at 42-40 when Spanbauer and Reardon scored the next seven points of the game. Once again, BenU pulled close, this time within three at 50-47 before another six-point spurt gave the Raiders some breathing room.
The Eagles would get no closer than seven points the rest of the game while MSOE's advantage peaked at 13 points in the game at 65-52 on a three-point play by senior Nicole Kahnk with 4:51 remaining in the game.
The Raiders shot 41.4 percent in the game and got to the free throw line 37 times with 26 made. Benedictine shot just 33.3 percent and was 24-for-32 at the free throw line. Rebounds went 47-40 in favor of the visitors but the Red & White protected the ball a bit better on the better end of a 19-13 turnover ratio.
MSOE returns to the court Tuesday at Concordia Chicago.