Spanbauer Surge Sends Women's Basketball Past Alverno 60-48

Spanbauer Surge Sends Women's Basketball Past Alverno 60-48

MILWAUKEE – Senior Jamie Spanbauer hit three-straight three-pointers as the MSOE women's basketball team scored the final 12 points of regulation to defeat Alverno 60-48 Saturday night at Reiman Gymnasium.

The Raiders (12-11, 10-8 NACC) and the Inferno (6-17, 5-13 NACC) were tied at 48-48 when Spanbauer started her barrage of three's over a 1:20 span to secure the victory.

Spanbauer finished with 15 points while junior Kayla Barreto added 11 points.

Kendra Patterson led Alverno with 23 points.

With the score tied at 48-48 heading into the final three minutes of regulation, Spanbauer caught fire. She hit her first trey with 2:56 remaining and, after an offensive foul at the other end, she followed suit at 2:19.

Senior Samantha Brooker came away with a steal on the next Inferno possession and the ball found its way back to Spanbauer for another three-pointer with 1:36 to play. A missed basket gave MSOE a chance to put the game away and it did, as Brooker then hit a layup to extend the lead to double-digits at 59-48 with under a minute remaining.

The hosts would have just two more possessions, each ending in one-and-done three-point tries, as the Raiders prevailed.

The Inferno got off to a hot start as the Red & White faltered early on, falling into a 17-7 hole after one quarter. The hosts hit the first bucket of the second quarter for a 12-point lead before MSOE caught fire with an 18-3 run that put it ahead 25-22.

The lead was 25-24 for the Raiders at halftime and the second half was tight over the first 17 minutes with the teams no more than three points apart until Spanbauer's run.

MSOE hit 9-of-13 shots in the fourth quarter to finish the game shooting 43.4 percent. The team went 6-for-15 from beyond the arc and 8-of-12 at the free throw line. Alverno finished at 33.3 percent shooting with a 7-of-19 clip from distance. The hosts were 7-of-12 at the charity stripe.

The Raiders return to the floor Wednesday, hosting Aurora at Hotchkin Arena.