MADISON, Wisconsin – Senior Jamie Spanbauer scored 15 points to propel the MSOE women's basketball team to a 63-55 victory over Edgewood Saturday afternoon at the Edgedome.
The Raiders (11-10, 9-7 NACC) broke open a tight game with a 16-4 run in the second half and stifled the Eagles' (13-8, 10-6 NACC) attempt at a comeback in the final minute.
Abby Shane led Edgewood with 15 points. Lexi Walter scored 11 and Alyssa Lemirande finished with 10.
The game was within two possessions for the entire first half, with MSOE taking a 32-30 lead into halftime. The Red & White scored five quick points coming out of the intermission for a sudden seven-point advantage but it was a just a three-point game with 3:30 remaining in the third period.
Shortly thereafter, the Raiders went on a 16-4 run over 7:45 of game time to turn a 41-38 lead into a 57-45 advantage with 5:32 remaining in regulation. Bennett keyed the run with six points.
Edgewood would fight back, pulling within 60-55 with 59 seconds to play but would get no closer. Barreto hit a pair of free throws with 54 seconds on the clock to effectively ice the game at 62-55 as MSOE buckled down in the final minute and shut down the hosts' last remaining possessions.
A drawn charge, followed by tactical fouling kept the Eagle off the scoreboard. Sophomore Britta Grayvold then pulled down an offensive rebound off a missed free throw to allow the Red & White to close out the last 16 seconds.
The Raiders shot 43.6 percent from the field on the day, including a 4-for-12 effort from three-point range. They struggled at the free throw line to the tune of 11-for-21 shooting but countered with just six turnovers, setting a school record for fewest in a game.
Edgewood posted similar numbers across the board with 43.4 percent shooting, 2-for-7 on three-pointers, and a 7-of-14 effort at the charity stripe. EC also committed just eight turnovers.
MSOE remained tied for the No. 5 seed in the NACC standings but was able to pull within Edgewood for the No. 4 spot with the tiebreaker via a regular-season sweep of the two contests. Four games remain in the regular season starting Tuesday at Concordia Wisconsin.