Among the Elite: Before the loss at UTSA, Seattle U was one of just 34 teams in NCAA Division I to remain undefeated in their respective conference so far this season. Their seven-game winning streak was tied for 12th longest active streak in NCAA DI women’s basketball.
Scouting San Jose State: San Jose State (8-12, 5-4 WAC) have won four of their last five games since last facing the Redhawks at the beginning of January (Jan. 5). Last weekend, they lost at Louisiana Tech, 94-80, on Jan. 24, before topping UT Arlington, 78-70, on Jan. 26. The Spartans are led in scoring by Ta’Rea Cunnigan, averaging 21.0 ppg, with Emily Schill (10.9 ppg) and Riana Byrd (10.4 ppg) also averaging in double digit scoring figures. Byrd also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 9.7 boards per game. SJSU is tied for fourth in conference play with UTSA and Louisiana Tech, and are 4-1 at home in WAC competition.
Last Time Out: In their first meeting as conference foes, the Redhawks topped the Spartans, 72-60, at the Connolly Center on Jan. 5, 2013. In the first 30 seconds of the contest, Ashley Ward hit a three pointer to take the lead for Seattle U, a lead they held for the entire game. SU took their lead into double digits, 28-17, with 6:52 left in the half after a layup by Kacie Sowell, and led by as many as 15, 33-18, at 3:56. Four different Spartans then contributed to a 14-2 run over the remainder of the half and Seattle U held on to just a three-point lead at the half, 35-32. At 12:06, SU regained a double digit lead, 50-39, and would hold at least a 10-point lead for the remainder of the contest, leading by as many as 20, 62-42, with 6:36 remaining. Over the rest of the game, Ta’Rea Cunnigan scored ten of the Spartans’ final 18 points, including five straight near the six minute mark, but it was not enough. Sowell recorded her seventh double-double of the season (19 pts, 10 rbs), and second straight. Ward (14 points) and Brenda Adhiambo (13 points) also scored in double figures. With the win, Seattle U extended a three game winning streak, as well as a three game home winning streak.
Scouting Utah State: Utah State (10-10, 7-2 WAC) are led in scoring by Devyn Christensen, averaging 19.8 ppg, and in rebounding by Jenna Johnson, with 7.5 rpg. Johnson (14.1 ppg) and Jennifer Schlott (13.5 ppg) also average in double digit scoring figures. The Aggies are on a four-game winning streak after defeating both UT Arlington (93-83 on Jan. 23) and Louisiana Tech (76-75 in OT on Jan. 26) on the road last weekend. They are currently one game behind the Redhawks in conference play, sitting in second place in the WAC.
Last Time Out: In a close contest, SU defeated Utah State, 71-68, in OT in their conference home opener on Jan. 3, 2013. This was the team’s third overtime game and first overtime victory of the season. Seattle U held their largest lead of the game, leading by 13 with 7:15 remaining in the first half, 32-19, after a layup and made free-throw by Sylvia Shephard. The Aggies fought back, going on a 15-6 run over the remainder of the half, to trail by just four, 38-34, at the halftime break. Jennifer Schlott contributed nine straight points during the run. Utah State was able to regain the lead, 39-38, at 18:41, on a 5-0 run, their first lead since early in the first half. Shephard contributed a jumper for Seattle U to put the Redhawks back on top, 40-39. The Redhawks re-extended their lead to as many as nine, 59-50, with 7:40 remaining in the second half, following two straight layups by Kacie Sowell. Schlott scored seven straight points to put the Aggies within three, 60-57, and the game was tied, 62-62, with 1:41 remaining. USU took the lead, 64-62, with 43 seconds left in regulation on a jumper by Schlott, but Sowell tied it up, 64-64, to send the game into overtime. Adhiambo drove the ball in for a layup at 4:10 as SU took the lead, 66-64, and the team never looked back. They kept the lead for the entire overtime period and came away with their first overtime victory of the year, 71-68. Sowell led the Redhawks in scoring with a career-high 24 points, as well as 12 rebounds, recording her sixth double-double of the season. Adhiambo recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and a team-high 15 rebounds. Ashley Ward and Shephard also scored in double figures for Seattle U.
Play 4Kay Game on Feb. 9: Seattle U women’s basketball will hold their Play 4Kay game on Feb. 9 as they host New Mexico State. Fans are encouraged to join the team, coaches, and staff as they hope to make a difference in the fight against women’s cancers through the 2013 Play 4Kay Initiative. If the team reaches their goal of $5000 by the end of the game, Coach Bonvicini has agreed to be pied in the face by one of her players at center court following the game. Fans can get involved by going to www.play4kay.org/seattleu, by buying a ticket to the game ($2 of every game ticket goes to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund), or by buying popcorn, pink wristbands, purchasing raffle tickets to win prizes, or participating in the silent auction at the game. For more information, contact Aaron Menard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 220-8584.