MEQUON, Wisconsin – Junior Kayla Barreto scored 15 points to lead the MSOE women's basketball team in NACC Conference Tournament action Tuesday night in a 46-57 loss to Concordia Wisconsin at Buuck Fieldhouse.
The Raiders (13-12, #6 Seed) traveled to CUW trying to cause an upset over the Falcons (18-8, #3 Seed) and move on in the NACC tournament.
As expected, the Raiders brought the energy in the first quarter and hoped to make a big jump. Unfortunately, the shots did not fall, but still MSOE led 6-2 halfway in the first quarter. However, the Falcons capitalized on some missed shots to get back in the game and took a 13-12 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter was much like the first. The Raiders had plenty of looks and were aggressive on both ends of the court. However, the shots would just not fall. As a result, CUW took the opportunity to extend their lead. At halftime the Falcons led by 15 points.
With the second half in the past, the Raiders had to focus on the minutes they did have left and work to overcome the deficit. It started with Senior Jamie Spanbauer's three-pointer at 7:25. Then the team started to make their shots and attack the rim. Kiana Jeremiah and Kayla Barreto made a couple of layups and three-pointers to pull the Raiders within 5 points. Jamie Spanbauer and Senior Samantha Brooker did work on both ends of the floor blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. Brooker ended the game with 10 rebounds leading the Raiders in that category. MSOE tried to gain the lead, but just could not get past the Falcons on the evening.
MSOE shot 32.1 percent from the field, including a 4-for-21 effort from three-point range. The Falcons, meanwhile, finished at 34.6 percent overall and just 6-of-16 from beyond the arc. The hosts got to the free throw line 20 times with 15 made against an 8-for-16 showing by the Red & White.
The Raiders have much to be proud of as they had a winning season and made the NACC tournament. Much was learned which can now be built upon next season. Many thanks to the Senior class of Jamie Spanbauer, Kiana Jeremiah, Myles Grandstaff, Samantha Brooker, and Rachel Ruona.