Quartet Sparks Wire-to-Wire Victory Over CUC

Quartet Sparks Wire-to-Wire Victory Over CUC

MILWAUKEE – Four players scored in double-figures and the MSOE women's basketball team never trailed in rolling to a 70-52 victory over Concordia Chicago Saturday afternoon at Hotchkin Arena.

The Raiders (8-8, 6-6 NACC) opened the game on a 13-2 run and never looked back in leading the Cougars (6-11, 6-8 NACC) by as many as 28.

Junior Kayla Barreto led the way with 18 points and nine assists against just one turnover. Senior Jamie Spanbauer finished with 14 points in the second half on her way to 17 points and six assists. Senior Rachel Ruona had 14 points and nine rebounds while junior Connor Bennett chipped in 10 points off the bench.

Crystal Corr and Sam Bloom led CUC with 11 points each. Jada Dixon added 10 points.

A 9-0 run sent MSOE to a 13-2 lead and the hosts pushed that advantage to 23-8 early in the second quarter. The Raiders steadily grew their lead, which reached 20 points at 30-10 and 23 points just before halftime.

Spanbauer scored eight quick points to start the second half and open a 47-21 lead less than two minutes into the period. Then, a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter gave the Red & White its largest lead at 64-36.

The Cougars would get no closer than 18 points in the second half.

MSOE shot 43.3 percent for the game and knocked down 10-of-25 three-point attempts. The team added an 8-for-13 effort at the free throw line. Concordia struggled in the first half with a 20-percent shooting clip before a solid second half grew that figure to 31.7 percent. The Cougars went just 2-for-13 from three-point range but converted 12-of-17 free throws.

The Raiders return to the court Tuesday at Illinois Tech.

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