Seattle University women’s basketball (9-14, 3-5 WAC) took an early lead but relinquished the lead late in the first half as Chicago State (4-18, 2-6 WAC) earned a 57-49 lead in Western Athletic Conference play.

Two Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) jumpers gave the Redhawks an early 4-0 lead nearly four minutes in before the Cougars tied it by the midway point of the first quarter.

Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) hit a three at 4:19 to put the Redhawks back up by three and they would lead by as many as four, 11-7, by the 2:37 mark of the first quarter.  After Konner Harris hit a three, Ross would put SU back up by three, 13-10, by the end of the first period.

Jessica Cerda tied the game early in the second quarter before Sh’Toya Sanders hit a pair of free throws to give the Cougars the lead for good. Jasmine Sanders put CSU up by four before Shaylin Heredia (Tolleson, Ariz.) tied the game at 17 on free throws halfway through the quarter.

Jacinta Beckley (Wellington, New Zealand) tied the game at 19 on a layup with 2:28 left in the half before Konner and Kaylee Allen put the Cougars back up by four, 27-23, at half.

Cerda and Harris opened the second half with a pair of three’s to give the Cougars a 10-point lead, 33-23, before Best cut the Redhawk deficit to seven, 35-28, halfway through the third period. Chicago State increased their lead back to double digits before Parry hit a jumper at the end of the third period to cut it to eight, 45-37.

Best hit a three with 5:31 left in the game to pull Seattle U within five, 50-45, and Beckley would bring SU back within five once more, 52-47, two minutes later but the Cougars would extend their final lead back to eight, 57-49.

Ross led Seattle U with a double-double, 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Best also added 11. Harris (19) and Cerda (11) led the Cougars scoring in double figures.

Seattle U closes the weekend at UMKC on Saturday at 11 a.m. PT before returning home. Next weekend, the Redhawks have a single game trip to Phoenix to face Grand Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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