Seattle University women's basketball extended their overall winning streak to three games as they defeated Louisiana Tech, 87-74, in Ruston, La. Thursday night.
"I really think this was a great team win for us," said head coach Joan Bonvicini. "Louisiana Tech has a great home advantage, but what we try to do is establish our inside game. With Brenda [Adhiambo] on the bench tonight, we had other players step up. Renee Dillard-Brown had her best game as a Redhawk, but we really had contributions from everyone."
Despite an initial 6-0 run by Louisiana Tech (11-13, 7-6 WAC), contributions by Kacie Sowell (Ventura, Calif.), Ashley Ward (Irvine, Calif.) and Maggie McCarthy (Burlingame, Calif.) over the next two minutes tied the game at eight at 16:24. These first three and a half minutes would prove to be the only lead of the contest for the Lady Techsters.
The Redhawks then went on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes following back-to-back fast break layups by Sylvia Shephard (Alta Loma, Calif.) and Daidra Brown (Seattle, Wash.) to lead, 18-10, at 13:15.
Ward hit a layup and a jumper following the 13 minute mark to give Seattle U their first double digit lead, 22-12, at 12:23. A fastbreak layup by Brown extended the lead to 12, 24-12, at 12:10 followed by nearly two scoreless minutes for either team.
On a 10-1 run, a layup by Jelena Bucinic put the Lady Techsters within three, 25-22, at 8:19, but SU re-extended their lead to as many as eight, 39-31, at 2:14 following a layup by Shephard.
Renee Dillard-Brown (Seattle, Wash.) added a pair of free-throws and the teams traded baskets as the Redhawks held on to a six-point lead, 43-37, at the half.
A layup by Shephard coming out of the half put the Redhawks up again by eight, 45-37, but LA Tech then went on an 11-4 run to trail by just one, 49-48, at 14:22. Whitney Frazier scored six points on the run.
Sowell added a pair of free throws and Seattle U led again by as many as seven four different times over the next five minutes. Shephard hit a three-pointer at 7:17 to give the Redhawks another double digit lead, 67-57.
On a three-point play at 5:59, Sowell made a layup and the following free throw to put Seattle U up again by double digits, and the Redhawks would keep a lead of 10+ for the remainder of the contest.
Behind solid free-throw shooting, with SU's final 15 points coming from free-throws, the Redhawks pulled away and got the win, 87-74, on the road.
Sowell led all players with a career-high 26 points and four other Redhawks scored in double figures. Shephard recorded a double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds, with Ward and Brown recording 16 and 12 points, respectively. Dillard-Brown recorded a career-high eight points and four steals. Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) got her first collegiate start in the contest.
Overall, the Redhawks shot 51.9 percent from the field (27-for-52), as well as 86.1 percent (31-for-36) from the free-throw line.
Frazier led the Lady Techsters with 20 points and Kelia Shelton brought down a team-high seven boards.
Seattle U (14-9, 11-3 WAC) looks to extend their current three-game conference winning streak at UT Arlington on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.