Seattle University finished the road trip with a Western Athletic Conference competition at Texas State (7-12, 1-8 WAC) and came away with the win, 70-58, as several Redhawks made big contributions.
Erin Peoples hit a jumper to give the Bobcats the early lead, 2-0, eleven seconds into the contest, and they went on a 7-2 run to take a five point lead at 17:33, their largest lead of the game.
The Redhawks answered with a 12-3 run over the next three minutes to take the lead for good, 14-10, following a three pointer by Ashley Ward (Irvine, Calif.).
Jasmine Baugus hit back-to-back baskets near the 13 minute mark to tie the game, 16-16, but Kacie Sowell (Ventura, Calif.) and Brenda Adhiambo (Mombasa, Kenya) added layups for the Redhawks to give them the 20-16 lead.
Texas State came within two, 20-18, on a layup by Baugus, followed by nearly four scoreless minutes for either team.
The game tied at 20 at 7:43, Seattle U jumped out to their largest lead of the half, 31-20, at 3:02 behind three straight layups by Sowell.
The Bobcats came back to within five, 31-26, at the half, with contributions by three different players on the run.
Peoples hit a jumper in the first minute of the second half to bring Texas State back within three, 31-28, but the Redhawks jumped back out to an eight point lead, 39-31, at 17:13 following four straight Seattle U layups.
Daidra Brown (Seattle, Wash.) added a layup to give SU a double digit lead, 41-31, at 15:43 and they re-extended their lead to 11, 55-44, at 9:29.
Following two and a half scoreless minutes by either team, the Redhawks led by as many as 15, 60-45, at 5:53 after a Sylvia Shephard (Alta Loma, Calif.) three-pointer, and led again by 15, 62-47, at 3:36.
Diamond Ford added nine points for the Bobcats over the next two minutes, as they went on an 11-0 run, to trail by just four, 62-58, at 1:41, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit. The Redhawks followed with an 8-0 run of their own to come away with the win, 70-58, on the road.
Shephard led all players with a career-high 24 points, shooting 8-for-14 from the field and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. She added eight rebounds, three steals, and four assists.
Adhiambo recorded her second career double-double with 14 points, tying her season high, and a team-high 12 rebounds, and Sowell added 17 points for the Redhawks. Ford and Baugus led the Bobcats with 23 and 14 points, respectively.
Seattle U led in field goal percentage, shooting 27-for-54 (50.0 percent) from the field to Texas State's 41.5 percent, as well as from the free-throw line, shooting 13-for-14 (92.9 percent). SU also outrebounded the Bobcats, 36-24, and led in assists, 18-12.
This game concludes the first half of the WAC schedule for the Redhawks, as they will now play the nine other teams a second time before heading to Las Vegas for the conference tournament in March.
Seattle U (11-7, 8-1 WAC) returns home tomorrow before hitting the road again next weekend to face San Jose State (Jan. 31) and Utah State (Jan. 2). They return home the following weekend to welcome Denver (Feb. 7) and New Mexico State (Feb. 9). The New Mexico State game is also the team's "Play 4Kay" game, with more information at www.play4kay.org/seattleu.