AURORA, Wisconsin – The MSOE women's basketball team trailed by as many as 24 before pulling within seven points midway through the fourth quarter before falling to Aurora 72-60 Saturday night at Thornton Gymnasium.
The Raiders (6-2, 4-1 NACC) got into an early hole, trailing 24-6 after one quarter, but made the Spartans (3-5; 3-1 NACC) sweat late by pulling within 58-51 with 6:04 remaining in regulation.
Senior Jamie Spanbauer scored a game-high 22 points and finished with three steals. She was the lone Red & White player in double-digits scoring as senior Kiana Jeremiah notched nine points and junior Conner Bennett chipped in eight off the bench.
Julie Galauner finished with 21 points for Aurora. Alyssa Brems posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds while Meija Rabi scored 13 points and Adriana Ramirez added 10.
The Spartans closed out the first quarter on a 21-2 run to open an 18-point lead at the first break. Their advantage would grow as high as 24 at 38-14 late in the second quarter.
The Raiders trailed by 21 at halftime but went right to work in the second half. They won the period 17-8 but, more importantly, scored the final five points of the frame to kick-start a 13-3 run that culminated with sophomore Britta Grayvold's layup at 6:04 of the fourth quarter making it a 58-51 game and forcing an AU timeout.
Unfortunately, the Spartans scored the first six points out of the timeout and held the Red & White without a field goal for 4:48 down the stretch to out the game out of reach.
MSOE shot 37.9 percent from the field for the game, unaided by a rare 0-for-18 performance from three-point range. The team finished 10-for-13 from the free throw line. Aurora shot 42.3 percent overall and finished 5-for-11 from beyond the arc. The hosts also got to the free throw line 26 times, converting 23.
The Raiders return to action Wednesday at Millikin.