“It was nice to get everyone in and I think Shay[lin Heredia] and Tal [Sahar] each played a good game off the bench,” said head coach Joan Bonvicini. “Kaylee Best had great intensity in all aspects of the game – giving assists, getting steals, and scoring – and it was nice to see Taelor [Ross] with a double-double. I’m also really pleased with Ashlyn [Lewey] and the way she’s playing such complete games.”
The Redhawks took a 22-0 lead through the first 10 minutes of play, led by Ashlyn Lewey (Spokane, Wash.) with eight points in the opening period. The Geoducks got on the board 17 seconds into the second quarter on back-to-back baskets by Uriah Thomas and Gabi Fenumiai.
Over the next two minutes, Delanie Parry (Beaverton, Ore.) hit a three and Lewey drove in a layup to increase the SU lead to 26, 30-4. Masha Shtikel (Shoreline, Wash.) scored two on a layup halfway through the second quarter to increase the Redhawk lead to 26 before Evergreen State cut their deficit to 21 with a three-pointer from Jonelle Staveland and a layup from Autumn Moorcroft.
Shaylin Heredia (Tolleson, Ariz.) hit a three-pointer with 1:52 before halftime as Seattle U led by 24 at the break, 37-13.
SU increased their lead to 27 twice in the first half of the third quarter and jumped out to a 30+ point lead by the 5:16 mark on a three-pointer from Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.). Heredia followed with another three to up the SU lead to 33, 55-22, with 3:56 remaining in the third period.
Scoring nine straight points midway through the fourth quarter, the Redhawks would lead by as many as 38 with 4:16 remaining and took a 40-point lead two minutes later on the first of two Tal Sahar (Tarzana, Calif.) free throws. They would take their largest lead of the game, 81-36, with 1:28 remaining in the contest on a pair of Shtikel free throws.
The Redhawks shot 50 percent (31-for-62) from the field and 92.3 percent (12-for-13) from the line, outrebounding the Geoducks, 37-28.
Four Redhawks scored in double figures led by Lewey with 20 points. Best also added 15 while Heredia added 10 and Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) recorded a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds).
Seattle U (2-2) travels to Idaho on Monday, Nov. 23 before a Thanksgiving Tournament at LMU next weekend. Stay tuned to GoSeattleU.com for all the latest updates on the team.