University women’s basketball looked for their first win of the season in the
semifinals of the Washington Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament and found
success, topping the University of Portland, 63-61.
just helps you play with more confidence and helps you play looser,” said head
coach Joan Bonvicini. “Obviously there are still things we need to work on, but
I thought our kids came together. I’m really proud of the way the players came
U got on the board first, going up 2-0, as Kacie Sowell (Ventura, Calif.) hit a
layup at the 19:06 mark. They extended their lead to four, 4-0, with 18:46
remaining on a layup by Brenda Adhiambo (Mombasa, Kenya).
the first four minutes, the Redhawks extended their run, 8-2, which they held
until the 14:42 mark. Adhiambo added a second layup and Ashley Ward (Irvine,
Calif.) hit two free throws.
Holopainen hit a three to put the Pilots back within three, 8-5, at 14:42 but
the Redhawks went on another run, to lead by as many as 14, 20-6 at the 11:00 minute
Wooton hit a three for Portland, and the two teams traded layups, as Seattle U
held onto an 11 point lead, 22-11, for a solid three minutes.
Pilots went on a 10-2 run over the next six minutes to trail by just three,
24-21. They briefly took the lead, 26-25, at 1:47 on a jumper by Kari Luttinen,
but the Redhawks remained in the lead at the half, 29-28.
Shephard (Alta Loma, Calif.) recorded double figures in the first half alone,
scoring 10 points (5-for-10) in the first period.
the halftime break, the teams traded the lead, each going ahead by one, three
different times. The Pilots were able to hold onto the lead and extend it by as
much as six, 37-31, with 16:57 remaining.
Redhawks fought back but Portland again led by six, 41-35, at 15:05. SU then
started to carve away at the lead and tied the game, 41-41, with 12:37
remaining, thanks to two straight layups by Sowell and two made free-throws by Ward.
again regained the lead, leading by as many as six for a third time in the
half, 49-43, with 8:18 remaining, but the resilient Redhawks kept fighting
scored seven straight points to put Seattle U ahead by one, 50-49, at the 6:54
mark. Shephard added a free-throw and another three-pointer for a total 11-0
run to put SU ahead, 54-49.
Redhawks were able to hold on to the lead, leading again by five points two
more times throughout the half. The Pilots came within one, 62-61, with 26
seconds on the clock, but Daidra Brown (Seattle, Wash.) added a free-throw to
give Seattle U their first victory of the season, 63-61.
recorded two technical fouls in the second half, which resulted in ejection
from the game. She is eligible to play in tomorrow night’s championship game.
led the Redhawks with 21 points and eight rebounds, with Adhiambo also
recording eight rebounds. Sowell finished second on the team with 19 points and
led Portland with 17 points, with two other Pilots scoring in double figures.
Cassandra Thompson scored 15 points and Luttinen recorded 11 in the contest.
outshot Seattle U from the field (49.0 percent to 38.1 percent), as well as
from behind the three-point line (23.5 percent to 16.7 percent), but the
Redhawks outshot the Pilots from the free-throw line (65.0 percent to 45.0
percent). SU also outrebounded UP, 41-32, and forced 27 Portland turnovers.
U (1-3) will face Sacred Heart (3-2) in the championship game of the Washington
Dental Service Thanksgiving tournament tomorrow night, Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8
p.m. The consolation game will take place at 6 p.m., as Boston College (3-2)
faces Portland (1-4).