This Week for the Redhawks: Seattle University women's basketball (2-4) will look to bounce back from their second overtime loss of the season by hosting Portland State (5-1 as of Dec. 6) on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Connolly Center. The home contest wraps up a four game home stand for the Redhawks, who play their next three games on the road. For tickets to the Portland State game, contact the Redhawk ticket office at (206) 398-GOSU, visit the ticket link on www.GoSeattleU.com, or visit the Connolly Center ticket office starting an hour before tipoff.
The UC Irvine Game: The Redhawks squared off against UC Irvine Dec. 1, taking the Anteaters to overtime before falling 61-60. Kacie Sowell led the way for the Redhawks, scoring 21 points and grabbing 14 rebounds en route to her fourth double-double of the year. Sylvia Shephard added 17 points and earned career highs in assists (9) and steals (7) in the loss. UC Irvine saw four players score in double digits, led by forward Camille Buckley, who contributed 16 points, six rebounds, and five steals.
Follow the Redhawks: For the most up-to-date news and information about the SU women's basketball team throughout the season, please log on to www.GoSeattleU.com, like Seattle U Athletics on Facebook, and follow @su_athletics on Twitter. Live stats and live audio are available for the contest. Links to each are on the WBB schedule page at www.GoSeattleU.com. This year's media guide can also be found on the women's basketball page under "Team Guide".
Leaders of the WAC: As a team, the Redhawks lead the conference in assists per game (15.5 apg), offensive rebounds (15.17 rpg), offensive rebound percentage (37.3%) rebounding defense (36.2 rpg allowed), rebounding margin (+4.8). They rank second in scoring margin (-0.2), field goal percentage (39.6%), rebounds (41.0 rpg), steals (14.67 spg) and defensive rebounding percentage (70.8%). The Redhawks are also third in the conference in free throw percentage (70.5%) and fourth in scoring offense (66.2 ppg), and scoring defense (66.3 ppg). Individually, Kacie Sowell leads the WAC in rebounding (10.5 rpg) and field-goal percentage (60.8%), offensive rebounds (25), fourth in scoring (18.5 ppg), eighth in minutes played (34.17 mpg) and 10th in free throw percentage (75%). Sylvia Shephard leads the conference in assists (6.0 apg) and steals (4.17 spg), is fourth in average minutes (36.67 mpg), ranks sixth in scoring (14.3 ppg), assist-to-turnover ratio (0.97) and defensive rebounds (5.17 rpg), is tied for sixth in 3-pointers (1.5 tpg) and is ninth in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Ashley Ward ranks fifth in assists (3.83 apg) and free through percentage (84.9%), seventh in scoring (14.2 ppg), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (.85), ninth in minutes played (34.00 mpg), and is tied for ninth in steals (2.17 spg). Brenda Adhiambo ranks third in offensive rebounds (19) tied for fourth in rebounds (7.2 rpg), ranks sixth in field-goal percentage (46.5 percent), and is tied for ninth in steals (2.17 spg). Also, Daidra Brown is seventh in steals (2.33 spg).
Scouting Portland State: As of Dec. 6, Portland State has compiled a 5-1 record with wins coming over Oregon, Butler, and Portland, among others. Most recently, the Vikings took down cross-town rival Portland 64-46 Dec. 2, although they will face Gonzaga Dec. 7 before heading north to Seattle Dec. 9. The Vikings average 67.2 points a game while allowing just 57.8, and they've shot 37.8% from the field, including 28.9% from three-point range. The Vikings average 47.2 rebounds a game while forcing 18.2 turnovers, including 9.8 steals and 3.3 blocks per contest. Guard Courtney VanBrocklin is the Vikings' leading scorer, averaging 14.8 ppg while Angela Misa leads the squad with 13.4 rpg. Kate Lanz has provided 22 assists over the year, and VanBrocklin also leads the team in steals, grabbing 13 of them in six games.
Last Time Out: The Redhawks and the Vikings last squared off Feb. 9, 2012, in Portland, Ore., with Seattle U winning 90-79. Four Redhawks scored in double figures with Sylvia Shephard leading the way with 23, a career high. She also led the team in rebounds with 13. Elle Kerfoot scored 17 points, Talisa Rhea scored 16, and Brenda Adhiambo added 13 points and four rebounds in the contest as well. Courtney VanBrocklin lead the way for the Vikings, scoring 19 points while adding four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.