MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's basketball team scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back in handing Alverno a 70-55 loss Tuesday evening at Hotchkin Arena.
The Raiders (5-0, 3-0 NACC) continued their best start to a season in school history by getting off to a strong start. The Inferno (2-2, 1-1 NACC) pulled as close as five early but was not within 10 for the entirety of the second half.
Senior Jamie Spanbauer scored a game-high 20 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Junior Kayla Barreto opened the game with a four-point play and finished with 11 points. Senior Kiana Jeremiah added nine points and sophomore Amy Reiser had eight points and nine rebounds.
Mackenzie Mathies and Karli Selear had 13 points each to lead Alverno. Justice Hawkins finished with 11.
MSOE held the Inferno without a shot for the first 5:46 of the game in opening a sizable starting lead. The visitors would get as close five points in the final minute of the first quarter but Spanbauer beat the buzzer with a rainbow three-pointer to make it 17-9.
While never being threatened, the Raiders did not pull away in the second quarter. They did get their lead back up to double-digits for good on another Spanbauer three and led 37-25 at halftime. After the break, they went back to work and eventually led by as many as 19.
The Inferno looked to press back into the game late in regulation, getting as close as 11, but the Red & White made its final seven free throws to remove any doubt in the result.
MSOE shot 48.2 percent from the field in the game but hit on just 5-of-20 from three-point range. The Red & White went 11-for-14 at the free throw line, including 9-of-12 in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Alverno was limited to just 30.5 percent shooting, making 5-of-19 three-point tries. AC went to the free throw line 20 times in the game, making 14.
The Raiders return to the court Saturday, hosting Illinois Tech.