Senior Jamie Spanbauer hit a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds and came up with a game-clinching block on the other end to propel MSOE women’s basketball to a 58-56 win over Carroll in the season opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Hotchkin Arena.
The MSOE women’s basketball team has a group of six players that have grown with the program over their careers and they will look to leave their stamp on the program by leading the Raiders in a return to the post-season.
MSOE students begin and end their university career in the Kern Center Arena. They pass first through the doors as nervous freshmen headed to Welcome Week Convocation. They leave four years later in cap and gown, ready to make their mark on the world.
The MSOE Athletic Department announced its annual post-season honors Monday afternoon the first Student Awards Celebration co-hosted by Athletics and Student Life. The luncheon honored all of the standout accomplishment of the university’s student body.
Over the past three seasons, the MSOE men’s volleyball team has benefited from an All-American setter directing the offense but the coaching staff has known all along of a true embarrassment of riches at the position.
The MSOE women’s basketball team shot 50 percent, had four players score at least nine points, and was +26 in rebounding for a strong, all-around team performance in a 70-41 victory over Rockford Saturday afternoon at the Seaver Center.
In a span of two weeks, the MSOE Athletic Department expects to celebrate two notable milestones among its coaching ranks:
300 career coaching wins for Men’s Basketball coach Brian Miller and 250 wins at MSOE for Hockey coach Mark Ostapina.
Junior Jamie Spanbauer hit a game-winning basket for the second-straight game, this time with 1.3 seconds remaining, to lift the MSOE women’s basketball team past Marian 53-51 Wednesday night at the Kern Center.
The Kern Center was the place to be on the first three-event day of the school year at the facility. While the Hockey team was putting in extra time on offense for a 5-2 victory, the Basketball teams provided the drama upstairs with a pair of comeback wins.
Senior Shaylan Reardon and junior Jamie Spanbauer each posted double-doubles as the MSOE women’s basketball team played with Concordia Chicago down to the wire in a tight 61-59 loss Wednesday night at the Kern Center.
Heading into the 2017-18 season, the MSOE men’s basketball team lost an All-NACC First-Team selection for the fourth-straight campaign and, from the outside, there were question marks as to who would step up to fill the void.