This Week for the Redhawks: On a seven-game conference winning streak, and on top of the Western Athletic Conference for the fourth straight week, the Redhawks (10-6, 7-0 WAC) are still the only undefeated team in league play. Last weekend, they swept University of Texas-Arlington, 69-53, on Jan. 17 and Louisiana Tech, 64-47, on Jan. 19. This weekend, Seattle U will stay in the state of Texas for the entire roadtrip, facing UTSA (10-8, 4-3 WAC) on Jan. 24 and Texas State (7-10, 1-6 WAC) on Jan. 26. Live stats and free audio will be available, with Brian Abker calling both games, as well as a link to video (for a fee), all on www.GoSeattleU.com.
Among the Elite: Seattle U is one of just 34 teams in NCAA Division I to remain undefeated in their respective conference so far this season. Their current seven-game winning streak is tied for 12th longest active streak in NCAA DI women’s basketball.
Scouting UTSA: The Roadrunners come into this weekend on a three-game winning streak, defeating UT Arlington on Jan. 10 (59-57), Louisiana Tech on Jan. 12 (51-50), and Texas State on Jan. 19 (56-46), all on the road. Overall, they are 10-8, with a 4-3 conference record. Kamra King leads the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 ppg, and Simone Young and Whitney Wright are tied in rebounding with 4.4 rpg.
Scouting Texas State: Texas State has lost seven of their last eight games, with a win at UT Arlington, 63-57, on Jan. 12. Overall, they are 7-10 this season, with a 1-6 conference record thus far. Diamond Ford leads the team in scoring, with 20.8 ppg. Ashley Ezeh averages a double double, with 16.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg.
Louisiana Tech (1/19): The Redhawks continued their seven-game Western Athletic Conference unbeaten streak with a 64-47 win over Louisiana Tech. Brenda Adhiambo got the Redhawks on the board first with a layup at 18:53 and, despite Louisiana Tech leading by two, 4-2, at 16:16, Seattle U tied the game a minute later and led for the rest of the contest. Adhiambo drove in another layup at 10:42 to give SU their first double digit lead, 14-4, with Ashley Ward (Irvine, Calif.) contributing eight points on the 12-0 run. Kelia Shelton added a layup for LA Tech to put them within eight, 14-6, at 9:58, but the Redhawks then went on an 18-4 run over the next five minutes to lead by 22, 32-10. The teams traded baskets and Jelena Vucinic added a free throw, as the Redhawks held on to a 21 point lead at the half, 34-13. Eighteen of the Redhawks’ points in the first half came off of Louisiana Tech turnovers. Seattle U took their largest lead of the game, 36-13, at 19:38 on a layup by Adhiambo coming out of the halftime break. Louisiana Tech answered with a 9-2 run to come within 16, 38-22, at 17:02 with contributions from three different Lady Techsters, and, following three straight scoreless minutes, came within 16 again, 42-26, at 13:13. The Lady Techsters closed the margin to 12 three different times in the final five and a half minutes, but this would prove to be as close as they would come. Ward made four straight free throws at just over the one minute mark to seal the victory, as the Redhawks won, 64-47. Ward led all players with 20 points. Kacie Sowell (Ventura, Calif.) scored 13 points and recorded 12 rebounds, recording her fifth double-double in the last six games and tenth overall this season. Adhiambo also scored 13 points, and Daidra Brown (Seattle, Wash.) scored 12. Sylvia Shephard (Alta Loma, Calif.) posted double figures in rebounding, bringing down 11.
UT Arlington (1/17): SU extended a six-game conference winning streak in their first season in the WAC with another victory, 69-53, over UT Arlington. The two teams were tied three times in the first two and a half minutes, with either team only leading by one for nearly four minutes following the 16:19 mark. Desherra Nwanguma scored a layup to put UT Arlington back within one, 18-17, at 9:06, but, again, neither team could extend their lead past one point over the next four minutes. The lead changed 10 total times in the first half, but the Redhawks would remain on top for the rest of the contest. Briana Walker added two free throws for the Mavericks with 26 seconds remaining in the opening period, but the Redhawks still led by six at the halftime buzzer, 30-24. Seattle U gained their first double-digit lead at the 19:20 mark of the second half, 34-24, following a layup by Sowell, and she added another layup at 16:12 to put the Redhawks up by 15, 43-28. UT Arlington came within eight, 51-43, at 7:59 after a three-pointer by Laila Suleiman, but SU led by as many as 17, 66-49, at the 2:20 mark. The Redhawks would keep a double digit lead for the final seven and a half minutes of the contest, as they came away with the 16 point win, 69-53. Kacie Sowell led all players with 18 points and 11 rebounds, recording her fourth double-double in the last five games and ninth of the season. Ashley Ward also scored in double figures, with 17 points, and Sylvia Shephard recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists. Brenda Adhiambo nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Suleiman led the Mavericks in scoring with 11 points, with Kiara Parker and Kelsey Willson leading the team with seven rebounds apiece. The Redhawks outrebounded the Mavericks, 42-37, also leading in assists, 22-7, and steals, 13-6.