MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team pulled within two points after trailing by 13 points in the third quarter but would get no closer in a 48-42 loss to UW-Whitewater Tuesday night at Hotchkin Arena.
The Raiders (6-1) trailed by 13 late in the third quarter but pulled within 44-42 in the final minute of regulation before falling to the Warhawks (4-3), who are receiving votes in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25.
Beckey Raeder led Whitewater with 13 points in the game and Olivia Freckmann posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
MSOE trailed by just two points at halftime but struggled in the third period. UWW scored the first eight points of the second half and opened a game-high 13-point lead at 39-26 with 1:45 remaining in the period.
The Raiders responded with nine-straight points to pull within 39-35. Then, late in the fourth quarter, Spanbauer buried a three-pointer to make it 42-39. After a Warhawk bucket, Spanbauer connected on another trey, this time with 59 seconds remaining, to cut the deficit to just 44-42.
The Red & White had to foul three times before sending the visitors to the free throw line, where they made a pair with 10 seconds remaining. MSOE went for a quick two but was off the mark and UWW was able to get the rebound and add two more free throws to pad the lead at the end.
The Raiders got a foothold in the game first, opening up an early 8-3 lead before Whitewater got going with nine-straight points to take a 12-8 lead. That lead would expand to seven at 25-18 before MSOE closed the first half on a 5-0 run to make it 25-23 at the break.
While the Red & White struggled with the press and height of the Warhawks, the hosts posted a stout defensive effort of their own. UWW was limited to just 33.9 percent shooting and 2-of-19 from three-point range. Meanwhile, MSOE shot 32.6 percent and hit on 7-of-19 from beyond the arc.
The Raiders return to the court Saturday at Aurora.