Seattle University (0-2) hosted the University of Washington (2-0) in a cross-town battle, but came up just short of the victory, as the Huskies won, 77-75, in overtime.
"I want to congratulate Washington; it was a hard fought game," said head coach Joan Bonvicini. "This was a game of runs and we had some runs early, but we were sloppy with the basketball in the first half, and they took advantage of that. We knew we had a size advantage and a power advantage inside, which at times we took advantage of. Sylvia [Shephard] got hot in the second half and showed her athleticism, and it just came down to some decision making and missed shots at the end."
Seattle U got on the board first, as Ashley Ward (Irvine, Calif.) hit a three-pointer at 17:48, but Washington quickly took the 5-3 lead behind a quick layup by Mercedes Wetmore and a three-pointer by Jazmine Davis.
The Redhawks tied the score and regained the lead following layups by Renee Dillard-Brown (Seattle, Wash.) and Kacie Sowell (Ventura, Calif.) to lead 7-5 at the first media timeout.
Sylvia Shephard (Alta Loma, Calif.) added a three-pointer at 15:29 as part of the Redhawks' 11-0 run, during which they took the 14-6 lead, but the Huskies added a pair of three's to be down by two, 14-12, with 11:34 left in the first half.
Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) scored her first collegiate points with a jumper at 10:42, but five straight points by UW gave them the lead, 17-16.
The Redhawks again went ahead, 21-17, on five straight points by Shephard and added to their lead, 23-17, on a layup by Sowell.
Washington, on a 10-0 run, including a jumper and a layup by Kristi Kingma, tied the score, 23-23, and went ahead, 27-23, at the 4:04 mark.
The two teams traded layups and the Redhawks found themselves down by five, 32-27, at the half.
Sowell brought the Redhawks within three, 32-29, with a layup to open the second half, but a three-pointer by UW's Talia Walton increased the Husky lead, 35-29.
The Redhawks came back within three, 35-32, but Davis hit her fourth three-pointer of the evening to take the Husky lead to six, 38-32.
Seattle U regained the lead, 42-41, behind two straight three-pointers by Shephard and Ward near the 15 minute mark.
The score tied at 44, Walton hit a three-pointer at 12:21 to put UW up, 47-44. The two teams traded layups and the Redhawks remained down by three, 49-46, at the under 12 media timeout.
Ross added at jumper at 7:14 to again bring SU back within three, 53-50, and to increase her season/career high single game points to four.
The Huskies took an eight-point lead at 6:24, 58-50, following a layup by Walton and a three-pointer by Kingma. Washington increased the lead to 10, 60-50, on a jumper by Wetmore at 5:06, their largest lead of the game.
Seattle U fought back to within six, 62-56, and Kingma and Ward traded three-pointers to keep the margin at six, 65-59, with 1:58 remaining.
The resilient Redhawks fought back to within one, 65-64, on a layup by Ward and a three-pointer by Shephard. With five second remaining, Daidra Brown (Seattle, Wash.) made one of two free-throws to tie the game, 65-65, sending the game into overtime.
Seattle U kept the lead, or a tie, until 2:07 left in the overtime period when Walton hit a jumper to put the Huskies back up by one, 72-71. Despite the Redhawks coming within one point one other time, 74-73, with 1:26 remaining, the Huskies would keep the lead for the remainder of the contest and come away with the narrow victory, 77-75, in overtime.
Washington led in field-goals (42.5 percent to 39.2 percent) and three-point field-goals (40.0 percent and 28.0 percent), but Seattle U led in free-throws (62.5 percent to 27.3 percent).
Sowell recorded her second double-double in as many games this season, leading the team with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Shephard also recorded a double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ward recorded 17 points for the Redhawks.
The Huskies were led by Kingma, with 22 points, and three other players scored in double figures.
Prior to the game, head coach Bonvicini was honored with a special presentation, as tonight marked her 1000th career game coached.
Seattle U takes their first road trip of the season, traveling to Colorado State, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.