Seattle University women’s basketball (5-6) fell behind early to Boise State (6-4) and could not overcome the deficit as they fell, 84-66, to the Broncos in the grand reopening of the Connolly Complex North Court.

“We didn’t start the game well and our intensity needed to be picked up,” said head coach Joan Bonvicini. We were excited to return home but they have a good team and they jumped on us right away. From that point, we were playing on the defensive. Our scoring was more comparable in the second, third, and fourth quarter but we need to do that from the beginning and execute a lot better. It’s really nice to be back home but we need to own our home court and take advantage of it. The fans were great but I’d like to give them a lot more to cheer about.”

A Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) jumper early brought Seattle U within one within the first minute but four straight free throws by Miquelle Askew gave Boise State their first double digit lead, 12-2, by 6:38. The Redhawks would come within nine four more times over the first quarter but trailed by 12, 25-13, at the first break.

Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) and Delanie Parry (Beaverton, Ore.) cut the deficit to six two times early in the second quarter while Tal Sahar (Tarzana, Calif.) and Masha Shtikel (Shoreline, Wash.) buckets brought the Redhawks within six two more times four minutes later. Brooke Pahukoa went 3-for-4 from the line over the final 1:50 of the half while Askew added a jumper to give the Broncos a 12-point lead, 44-32, at half.

Boise State extended their lead to as many as 20, 65-45, on a Marijk Vanderschaaf layup with a minute left in the third quarter and again late in the fourth quarter. Ross and Best hit back-to-back jumpers in the final two minutes of the contest to pull the Redhawks within 18, the final margin.

Ross tied her career high with a team-leading 22 points while grabbing a career high five steals. Lewey also made a career-high two blocks. Four different Broncos scored in double figures led by Pahukoa with 22.

Seattle U remains home to host UC Riverside on Monday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. PT in their final pre-holiday game before traveling to Oregon on Monday, Dec. 28. The Redhawks return home for a New Year’s Eve game, hosting Long Beach State on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.

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