Seattle University women’s basketball (5-5) took a double digit lead in the second quarter, holding Portland State (1-8) to just two points in the second 10-minute period en route to an 85-64 win on the road. The win marked head coach Joan Bonvicini’s career win No. 697 as she quickly nears the 700-career win mark.
“It was great to play again and was a solid win on the road,” said Bonvicini. “I’m looking forward to playing this Saturday and Monday at Connolly and finally playing some real home games. It was great to be able to play everyone tonight in the win.”
In a back-and-forth first period, the Redhawks opened on a 10-2 run in the first three minutes before Portland State answered with a 11-2 run of their own over the next two minutes. Four subsequent lead changes and three ties over the second half of the first quarter would give PSU a one-point lead, 25-24, after 10 minutes of play.
Seattle U significantly improved their defense in the second quarter, allowing just two Vikings to go 1-for-2 from the line each while taking a 46-27 lead. Portland State’s Corey James brought the Vikings within 14, 46-32, two and a half minutes into the third quarter but SU increased their lead to 20-plus by the midway point of the period on back-to-back Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) jumpers.
A third straight jumper by Ross, five sets of free throws, and a combined five points from Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) and Ashlyn Lewey (Spokane, Wash.) gave the Redhawks their first 30-point lead by the end of the third quarter, 70-40.
In the fourth quarter, Seattle U would only allow Portland State to come within 19 two different times but a pair of free throws from Jacinta Beckley (Wellington, New Zealand) would close the final Redhawk lead at 21, 85-64.
Three different Redhawks scored in double figures led by Tal Sahar (Tarzana, Calif.) with a career-high 21 points. Best followed with a season-high 17 points while Ross scored 16. Notably, Delanie Parry (Beaverton, Ore.) tallied career highs in assists (8) and steals (6) versus her former team.
Moving the ball well, the Redhawks led in assists, 22-9, while posting a solid defensive effort, leading in steals, 17-14.
Seattle U led in all three shooting categories, shooting 26-for-69 from the field (37.7 percent), 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) from behind the arc, and 22-for-26 (84.6 percent) from the free-throw line.
SU will return home to the newly renovated Connolly Complex for the first time in 2015-16 on Saturday, Dec. 19 vs. Boise State.