A Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) jumper 10 seconds in gave the Redhawks the first lead and Tal Sahar (Tarzana, Calif.) hit a three sandwiched by Ross and Kristin Dearth (Corrales, N.M.) jumpers to lead by as many as seven, 16-9, four minutes into the contest.
Sahar hit back-to-back three’s as the Redhawks gained another seven-point lead with 46 seconds remaining in the opening quarter but Oregon took the advantage, scoring 15 straight over the next 3:24 to lead by eight, 34-26.
The Redhawks clawed back within one two different times over the next three minutes on five straight points from Sahar and a layup by Cydnee Ceballos (Phoenix, Ariz.) by the halfway mark of the second quarter. The Ducks regained a six-point lead, 42-36, on a 6-1 run within the final minute of the second quarter and after a pair of Ashlyn Lewey (Spokane, Wash.) free throws, SU trailed by four, 42-38, at half.
Trailing by four once again on a Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) layup three and a half minutes into the second half, Lewey brought the Redhawks within two, 46-44, by 5:43 on a pair of free throws. Delanie Parry’s (Beaverton, Ore.) three with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter brought the Redhawks within one, 48-47, but a 9-0 Oregon run gave the Ducks a double digit lead at 3:23.
Once a Best three-pointer brought Seattle U within nine, 59-52, with 2:22 left in the third period, Oregon would extend their lead back to double digits for good with 58 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Three Redhawks scored in double figures, led by Sahar with 16 as well as Lewey and Ross with 14 apiece. The Redhawks moved the ball well, recording a season-high 17 assists as a team, led by Best with 11, a career high.
Seattle U returns home for their final game of 2015 as they host Long Beach State in a New Year’s Eve contest at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Redhawks open 2016 and close non-conference play at CSU Northridge on Saturday, Jan. 2 before hosting UMKC on Thursday, Jan. 7 to open Western Athletic Conference play.
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