The Redhawks jumped out to a 9-0 lead before allowing Idaho to score on a Christina Salvatore three-pointer three minutes into the game. Another Salvatore three would cut the SU lead to one two minutes later before Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) hit two straight buckets to put the Redhawks back up by five, 13-8. An Ashlyn Lewey (Spokane, Wash.) jumper gave Seattle U a five-point lead, 15-10, at the first quarter break.
A Tal Sahar (Tarzana, Calif.) three-pointer gave SU a six-point lead, 18-12, with 8:31 remaining until half before a 10-4 Idaho run to tie the game at 22 two minutes later. Four minutes later, the score tied again at 28, Ross drove in a layup and Lewey hit two free throws to give the Redhawks a four point lead, 32-28, at half.
Ross and Lewey combined again just after half to give Seattle U a seven-point lead and they would extend it to 10, 45-35, with 3:59 remaining in the third quarter on contributions from three different Redhawks, including five straight points from Delanie Parry (Beaverton, Ore.).
Wilma Afunugo (Plano, Texas) would make the SU lead 11 just 30 seconds later and the Redhawks would lead by 10 three more times throughout the quarter. Seattle U up 51-41, Idaho’s Geraldine McCorkell hit a three with 21 seconds until the third quarter break to cut the Vandal deficit to seven.
Parry drove in a layup 12 seconds into the final period to regain a nine-point Seattle U lead and the Redhawks would take a nine-point lead with 1:54 left in the contest, 60-51. Salvatore and McCorkell hit back-to-back three’s to cut the SU lead to three, 60-57, and after another Salvatore layup, a second McCorkell three gave Idaho their first lead of the contest, 62-60. McCorkell hit two free throws with four seconds remaining to seal the Vandal victory.
Lewey led SU with 12 points while Parry and Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) each added 11. The Redhawks hit 50 percent (8-for-16) from behind the arc while outrebounding the Vandals, 48-37. From the field, Seattle U led in shooting 38.9 percent (21-for-54) to Idaho’s 31.4 percent (22-for-70).
The Redhawks travel this weekend to the LMU Thanksgiving Classic, facing host LMU on Friday, Nov. 27 at 3:30 pm. The winner will advance to the Championship game at 3:30 pm on Saturday while the loser will appear in the Consolation at 1 pm on Saturday.