ROCKFORD, Illinois – The MSOE women's basketball team shot 50 percent, had four players score at least nine points, and was +26 in rebounding for a strong, all-around team performance in a 70-41 victory over Rockford Saturday afternoon at the Seaver Center.
The Raiders (9-14, 7-11 NACC) outscored the Regents (5-18, 3-15 NACC) 18-4 in the second quarter alone, then pulled away further with an 18-7 fourth quarter to make for a big win.
Junior Jamie Spanbauer led the team with 15 points. Senior Shaylan Reardon scored 14 points and freshman Mikayla Dogs chipped in a career-best 11 points off the bench. Junior Rachel Ruona had nine points and seven rebounds while freshman Amy Reiser had seven points and eight boards.
Junior Samantha Brooker posted her third-straight double-digit rebounding game with 11 boards, blocking three shots in the process.
Nicole Silvers was Rockford's leading scorer with 12 points off the bench. Katie Hart scored 11 points and two more players finished with eight points each.
MSOE never trailed in the game, scoring first and steadily pulling away throughout the first quarter. The Red & White then pulled away in the second period. The score was 20-15 just 1:16 into the period when the Raiders went on a 17-2 run to close out the half and take a 37-17 lead into halftime.
The lead peaked at 23 in the third quarter before Rockford came back to win the frame, 17-15, but MSOE hit another rhythm in the fourth quarter and pulled away once more. RU hit the first bucket of the period to make it 52-36 before the Raiders rattled off 13-straight points for their largest lead of the game at 29 points for the first time, 65-36 with just over five minutes remaining.
MSOE shot an even 25-for-50 in the game, hitting a season-best 11-of-23 from three-point range, and shot an efficient 9-or-11 at the free throw line. The team also pulled down 49 rebounds in the game to the Regents' 23. Rockford shot just 27.4 percent, making 5-for-19 from beyond the arc, and getting to the free throw line just six times with two makes.
The Raiders return to the court Tuesday with its final road game of the season at Alverno.