Seattle University women’s basketball (9-15, 3-6 WAC) suffered a deficit early in the game that could not be overcome as they fell, 64-43, at UMKC (8-14, 3-6 WAC) in the weekend finale in Western Athletic Conference play.

After UMKC opened on a 13-0 run, Shaylin Heredia (Tolleson, Ariz.) went 1-for-2 from the line to give the Redhawks their first points of the game at the 2:39 mark of the first quarter. Coming in off the bench, Delanie Parry (Beaverton, Ore.) hit a jumper with 28 seconds left in the opening period as the ‘Roos led, 21-3, at the first quarter break.

UMKC’s Aries Washington hit a jumper 30 seconds into the second quarter but the Redhawks would follow with a 6-0 run on a pair of Cydnee Ceballos (Phoenix, Ariz.) buckets and a swinging, one-handed Ashlyn Lewey (Spokane, Wash.) layup.

Washington and Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) traded jumpers to bring the Redhawks within 14, 25-11, but the ‘Roos closed the first half on a 13-0 run.

The ‘Roos outscored the Redhawks, 10-4, in the first three minutes of the third quarter but Seattle U would explode for a 13-0 run to trail, 48-28, with two minutes left in the period. Trailing 52-30 heading into the final 10 minutes, scoring would nearly even out in the final period, SU narrowly outscoring UMKC, 13-12.

Parry and Lewey led Seattle U with eight points apiece in the contest.

The Redhawks return to Seattle before embarking for Phoenix next weekend, taking on Grand Canyon next Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m local/3 p.m. PT.