SEATTLE – Washington (2-0) took the first lead early in the contest and would hold on as Seattle University women’s basketball (1-2) fell, 96-55, in the team’s annual crosstown meeting.

“This was a very good Washington team who really dominated the boards – Osahor really had a great rebounding game,” said head coach Joan Bonvicini. “I thought Ashlyn Lewey had a great game and Jacinta Beckley had a really nice game off the bench. We didn’t get enough of our players to compete, and that was disappointing, but the season is a marathon not a sprint. We’ll regroup and come back ready for Friday’s game.”

The Huskies opened with a 7-0 run over the first three minutes of the contest before Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) scored the Redhawks’ first points of the contest on a jumper at 6:43. Adding a free throw 30 seconds later, Ross brought SU within six, 9-3, and a three-pointer from Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) would decrease the deficit again to six, 12-6, three minutes later.

Back-to-back jumpers from Ashlyn Lewey (Spokane, Wash.) and Shaylin Heredia (Tolleson, Ariz.) brought SU within six once again, 16-10, with 1:40 left in the first quarter, but the Huskies would close the quarter on a 5-0 run.

The Dawgs opened the second quarter on a 9-3 run to lead by as many as 17 three minutes in and would extend  their lead to 18 nearly three minutes later. Lewey and Jacinta Beckley (Wellington, New Zealand) hit a pair of jumpers to bring SU within 14, 37-23, with 3:22 left in the opening half but Washington closed the half on a 9-0 run to lead, 46-23, at the halfway point.

Washington opened the second half on a 15-2 run over the first 4:18 before the Redhawks put together their own 12-2 run over the next three and a half minutes to cut into the UW lead. SU closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run on two free throws apiece from Beckley and Wilma Afunugo (Plano, Texas) and an extra shot by Lewey. Another double digit run from the Huskies in the fourth quarter would secure the win.

Lewey led the Redhawks with a career-high 16 points while Beckley also scored a career-high 12 points.

The Redhawks host Evergreen State at Bellevue College on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. and will host Denver at ShoWare Center on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. while their home court at the Connolly Complex is under renovation. SU plans to return to their new and improved home in mid-December.

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