Seattle University women’s basketball (9-12, 3-3 WAC) led early in the contest in a game that was tied for over six minutes, but Utah Valley’s (10-11, 3-3 WAC) hot shooting allowed the Wolverines to hold the Redhawks off for a 61-44 win.

“There are going to be times that you don’t shoot well, but I think your defense needs to be on point and tonight ours was not,” said head coach Joan Bonvicini. “We were taking a lot of quick shots, were very impatient with the ball, and were not moving it well. Then Taelor [Ross] getting in foul trouble didn’t help either. Defensively, that was a lack of effort on our part. [Rebecca] MaWhinney had a really nice game for Utah Valley, but we did not shoot the ball well.”

Both teams scoreless through the first two and a half minutes, Rebecca MaWhinney hit a three 2:37 into the contest and gave the Wolverines an early 5-0 lead a minute later. Shaylin Heredia (Tolleson, Ariz.) hit a three nearly halfway through the first quarter for the Redhawks’ first points and Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) would tie it at five a minute later.

The score tied at seven after a Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) jumper, Sam Loggins regained the lead for Utah Valley with 1:53 left in the opening quarter and the Wolverines would lead, 13-9, through the first 10 minutes.

Heredia capped a 6-2 run to tie the game at 15 at the 7:36 mark of the second quarter and Delanie Parry (Beaverton, Ore.) tied the game at 17 a minute later. Tal Sahar (Tarzana, Calif.) hit a three with 5:26 left until half to give the Redhawks their last lead of the game, 20-19, before the Wolverines regained the lead for good 23 seconds later, 21-20.

The Redhawks would come within two, 25-23, but after a Loggins free throw, trailed 26-23 at the half.

UVU opened the second half on a 8-0 run to lead by 11, 34-23, by the 7:49 mark of the third quarter. Best and Cydnee Ceballos (Phoenix, Ariz.) cut the SU deficit to seven, 38-31, three and a half minutes later but Georgia Agnew hit a jumper at 3:49 and MaWhinney hit a three two minutes later to put Utah Valley back up by 12, 43-31.

Another MaWhinney three-pointer extended the Wolverines’ lead to 20, 53-33, and UVU would lead by 17 or more for the remainder of the contest, earning a 61-44 victory.

Despite the loss, Seattle U out-rebounded UVU, 39-36. Individually, Heredia and Best led with eight points apiece for the Redhawks while Sahar recorded a career-high four blocks. UVU held SU to just 28.8 percent (17-for-59) shooting while themselves shooting 44.4 percent (24-for-54) from the field. Seattle U led at the line, shooting 75 percent to Utah Valley’s 61.5 percent.

Seattle U hosts Grand Canyon on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the program’s now-annual Women in Leadership game. SU will honor five female leaders from the Seattle community with a postgame reception and Q&A to follow, moderated by ROOT Sports’ Jen Mueller.

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