MILWAUKEE – Junior Kiana Jeremiah scored a career-high 20 points to lead three players in double-figures for the MSOE women's basketball team in its 68-52 victory over Alverno Tuesday evening at Reiman Gymnasium.
The Raiders (10-14, 8-11 NACC) never trailed in the game and were never tied but pulled away from the Inferno (5-19, 2-17 NACC) with the game's final 10 points over the final 3:41 of regulation.
Jeremiah hit on four 3-pointers in the game to lead the way. Senior Shaylan Reardon scored 18 points and finished just shy of a double-double with eight rebounds while junior Jamie Spanbauer added 11 points, seven boards, and five assists.
Mackenzie Mathies and Dani Hood scored 16 points each to pace Alverno. Gabby Hood had 15.
MSOE kept pulling away throughout the night but each time the Inferno fought to make it close. The Raiders scored the first six points of the game and led by as many as eight points at 13-5 in the first quarter before the home team pulled within 15-12 at quarter's end. The score would get as close as 17-16 when an 11-2 Red & White run opened a 10-point lead with 3:36 remaining in the first half and expanded to 13 at 34-21 with a minute to go in the half.
It was more of the same in the second half, as Alverno won the third quarter 21-6 to pull within five heading to the final quarter. A Mathies three-pointer for AC one minute into the fourth period made the score 50-48, which lasted for just over a two-minute span, before Reardon broke the tension with a layup to start a game-ending 18-4 run.
The Raiders shot 36.9 percent from the field in the game, hitting on 7-of-26 three-point attempts. They dominated the boards with a +16 margin (48-32), including 20 on the offensive glass leading to a 25-7 advantage in second-chance points. MSOE also turned the ball over a season-low nine times.
Alverno shot 35.3 percent in the game, attempting just seven three-pointers and making two. The home team also protected the ball well with just 11 turnovers in the game.
The Raiders close out the season Saturday, hosting Wisconsin Lutheran.