Seattle University women's basketball (0-3) made their first roadtrip of the season to Colorado State (2-1) and, despite fighting back to within three, were handed the loss, 58-55. Seattle U has narrowly lost each of their first three contests, by only a margin of six total points across all three games.
The contest was back and forth from the beginning, as Seattle U got on the board first, with a jumper by Sylvia Shephard (Alta Loma, Calif.) before CSU went ahead, 3-2, on a three-pointer by Sam Martin. Shephard added a layup to again put the Redhawks ahead, 4-3, which lasted until the 14 and a half minute mark of the first half.
Meghan Heimstra retaliated with a layup of her own and the Rams went ahead by as many as four, 8-4, with 13:10 remaining.
At 10:47, Kacie Sowell (Ventura, Calif.) tied the game, 8-8, on a layup, but Colorado State started to pull away yet again, leading by as many as eight, 24-16, with 2:01 remaining in the opening period.
The Redhawks narrowed the margin to six, 24-18, on two Ashley Ward (Irvine, Calif.) free-throws, which remained the score at the halftime break.
The second half remained scoreless for the first two and a half minutes before Brenda Adhiambo (Mombasa, Kenya) added a free-throw to bring SU within five, 24-19. However, over the next three minutes, Colorado State would go on a 13-3 run to lead by 15, 37-22, with 14:29 remaining.
SU chipped away at the lead with a layup by Daidra Brown (Seattle, Wash.) and a jumper by Sowell, but they were not able to make defensive stops and let the Rams take a 15-point lead again at the 9:57 mark, 44-29.
The Redhawks fought back, coming within less than 10 points, 50-41, at 4:08 thanks to baskets by Makenna Clark (Lake Tapps, Wash.) and Shephard and free-throws by Ward. The CSU lead hovered near 10 until Clark hit a three to put the Redhawks within seven, 53-46, with 2:22 remaining in the contest.
Seattle U fought back to within one point, 56-55, with 10 seconds remaining, thanks in part to seven points scored by Ward in the final two minutes, but Taylor Varsho added two free-throws for Colorado State to seal their victory, 58-55.
The Redhawks were led by Ward with 20 points and Sowell with 10 points and seven rebounds. Shephard also recorded seven rebounds. Clark scored a career high nine points on a career high three three-pointers. Catherine Perez (Palo Alto, Calif.) made her first career appearance, recording a block, and all four true freshmen saw time coming off the bench.
The Rams led in field goals (40.8 percent to 28.1 percent) and three-point field goals (33.3 to 21.7 percent), but the Redhawks led in free-throws (81.8 percent to 54.2 percent). SU also led in steals, 12-5, and had fewer turnovers (16 vs. CSU's 20).
Colorado State had three players score in double figures, led by Kara Spotton with 16 points. Martin recorded a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) for the Rams.
Seattle U returns to action next weekend as they host the Washington Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament at the Connolly Center. On Friday, Nov. 23, Boston College faces Sacred Heart at 6 p.m. and SU faces Portland at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 24, the Consolation game will take place at 6 p.m. and the Championship game will take place at 8 p.m. For all the details, visit www.GoSeattleU.com, like Seattle U Athletics on Facebook, or follow @su_athletics on Twitter, and for tickets, call the Redhawk ticket office at (206) 398-GOSU.