Seattle University women’s basketball (3-4) trailed early and despite coming within six late in the first quarter could not catch up to Princeton (5-1) as they fell 85-48 in the LMU Thanksgiving Classic championship game.

Princeton’s Annie Tarakchian scored five straight in the first 23 seconds of the contest before the Tigers increased their lead to nine, 13-4, midway through the first quarter. A Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash) three-pointer would cut the Redhawk deficit to six two minutes later but Princeton would finish the quarter on a 7-1 run capped by an Amanda Berntsen three.

Berntsen opened the second quarter continuing a 7-0 individual run before Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) went 1-for-2 from the line. Jackie Reyneke and Tarakchian combined for the next seven Princeton points as the Tigers gained a 20-point lead they would keep for the remainder of the contest.

Ross tied her season high in scoring, leading Seattle U with 18 points, also tying Cydnee Ceballos (Phoenix, Ariz.) for a team-high five rebounds. Ceballos also scored a career-high 10 points for Seattle U. Ross shot 8-for-13 from the field and 2-for-4 from the line in her squad-leading outing.

Berntsen led Princeton with 21 points while three other Tigers notched double figures in scoring.

The Redhawks return home to host Denver in their planned final home game away from Connolly Center, which is currently being renovated, at the ShoWare Center in Kent on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. SU closes the weekend at Idaho State on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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