Seattle University women’s basketball (9-19, 3-10 WAC) found themselves in a hole early in the first quarter and, despite several small scoring runs throughout the game could not overcome the deficit as they fell, 79-48, at Utah Valley (15-13, 8-5 WAC).

Mariah Seals scored the first five before Deijah Blanks mirrored her efforts to give the Wolverines a 10-2 run by 6:31. UVU led, 20-5, at the first period break after Tal Sahar (Tarzana, Calif.) and Shaylin Heredia (Tolleson, Ariz.) scored the Redhawks’ only points of the quarter on free throws and an early layup.

Sam Loggins and Blanks opened the second quarter with back-to-back baskets for Utah Valley and would lead by as many as 20, 27-7, by 8:47 after Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) added a layup at 9:03.

The Redhawks cut the deficit to 17 three different times over the next five minutes before Blanks and Seals hit back-to-back three’s to put the Wolverines up by 23, 44-21, with 2:31 remaining until half. Karlee Norris and Georgia Agnew added layups while SU’s Ashlyn Lewey (Spokane, Wash.) went 1-for-2 from the line through the duration of the half as UVU led, 48-22, at the halftime buzzer.

Seattle U opened the second half with a 7-0 run on baskets from Ross and Wilma Afunugo (Plano, Texas) before UVU increased their lead back to 24 three minutes into the second half and again two minutes later. Masha Shtikel (Shoreline, Wash.) and Afunugo went 4-for-4 from the line to cut the Utah Valley lead to 21, 56-35, before Agnew hit a three and Seals added a layup to close the third quarter.

Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) cut the UVU lead to 23, 64-41, nearly four minutes into the fourth quarter but the Wolverines would close the game on a 15-7 run to win, 79-48.

Ross led the Redhawks with 17 points and six rebounds while Afunugo also scored in double figures for Seattle U (10 points). Three Wolverines scored in double figures, led by Seals with 24 points.

Seattle U returns home to host Bakersfield next Saturday, Mar. 5 at 2 p.m. As part of the day’s festivities, the team will honor this year’s senior class – Ross, Cydnee Ceballos (Phoenix, Ariz.), and Kristin Stoffel (Mill Creek, Wash.).

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