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Senior Class Looks to Elevate Women’s Basketball

Senior Class Looks to Elevate Women’s Basketball

The MSOE women's basketball team has a group of six players that have grown with the program over their careers and they will look to leave their stamp on the program by leading the Raiders in a return to the post-season.

Entering her third season as head coach, Katie Nelson will turn over the keys to her offense to a group that includes Jamie Spanbauer, Kiana Jeremiah, Brooke Scott, and Samantha Brooker among others. That quartet has worked to this point and Nelson is excited to see what their leadership will bring.

Spanbauer takes front and center in terms of offense, as she is the team's top-returning scorer at 11.8 points per game last season. She was second only to graduated senior Shaylan Reardon's 14.2 points per game and possibly had the ball in her hands more than any other player. She led the team with 1.5 steals per game and was second with 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. Spanbauer has seen her role and output improve each year and is poised for a big final season.

Jeremiah and Scott essentially occupied the same starting role last season. Shortly after Scott saw her season lost to injury, Jeremiah assumed a starting role finished with 6.6 points per game. Comfortable with the ball in her hand, she was the most efficient Red & White shooter from beyond the arc at 34.1 percent, averaging 1.2 made trey's per game.

Scott is a guard that can play more inside and was scoring 6.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game when she went down in the eighth game of the season. She received a medical hardship for the campaign and will play with junior eligibility as she continues to work back from her injury.

Brooker had a sneaky breakout season. After playing more as a guard or small forward in her first two seasons, she stepped in as the team's center and quickly found a knack for clogging the post. She ranked third in the NACC with 8.3 rebounds per game and swatted 1.4 shot attempts per game. She eschewed a scoring role, attempting just 3.7 shots and 2.6 points per game, but played a pivotal role on both ends of the floor with 1.6 assists in over 29 minutes per game.

Rachel Ruona and Myles Grandstaff rounded out the fourth-year players returning for Nelson. Each plays a key role off the bench and has stepped up for the Raiders in their career. Ruona averaged 2.7 points in 9.3 minutes over 20 appearances last season. Meanwhile, Grandstaff logged 22 appearances last season after making 14 starts as a sophomore.

MSOE returns four starters in total, as junior Kayla Barreto is back after running the point in her first full season in 2017-18. She sees the floor well and is not afraid to attack the basket despite her size. Two thirds of her shots last season came inside the arc as she averaged 7.0 points and a team-high 2.0 assists per game. She also rebounds well, grabbing 2.7 boards per contest.

Experience is ample in the team's leadership but also invaluable, as three players enter their second seasons with the Raiders. Amy Reiser, Mikayla Dogs, and Britta Grayvold each played in at least 23 games in their first season and played key roles for the squad.

Reiser emerged as a strong defender, finishing second on the team with 30 steals. She averaged 2.6 points and 3.0 rebounds, as well. Dogs scored 2.4 points per game in her first season, seeing some point guard duties and dishing out 13 assists over 23 appearances. Grayvold led the trio with 13.5 minutes per game and cracked the starting lineup once. She scored 2.2 points per appearance and was another solid defender with 19 steals.

Spanbauer Named to First Team
February 27, 2019 Spanbauer Named to First Team