SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball led Northern Arizona in the fourth period, but the Lumberjacks rallied for a 65-58 decision Friday evening. Kamira Sanders scored 21 points and Joana Alves put up career highs in points (15) and rebounds (12) at the Redhawk Center.
“I think we improved from Tuesday,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We executed better down the stretch and had chances. We missed some key shots and they executed. Kamira and Joana both had nice games for us.”
Alves got SU going early, hitting a layup and a jumper in the opening minutes. Madeline Dopplick’s three-pointer made it 7-2. Hoops by Genessa Bedoya and Alves gave the hosts a 13-8 advantage with 4:34 showing on the clock. Sanders hit a shot and later a foul shot as the Redhawks grabbed a 20-19 edge after 10 minutes.
Seattle U went cold in the second quarter, as buckets by Sanders and Alves kept it afloat. The Lumberjacks took a 33-25 advantage at halftime.
Carla Bieg sank a trey to open SU’s second-half scoring. Alves followed with back-to-back layups, cutting the deficit to 38-32. Baskets by Bieg and Leilani Peat kept the Redhawks close and then Bieg made a lay-in with 31 seconds to play, pulling SU within 45-43 with 10 minutes to play.
Sanders drilled a corner three to put the home team ahead, 46-45, in the first minute of the fourth. Sanders and Peat both converted inside as SU maintained its one-point margin. Sanders then hit a circus shot at the shot-clock buzzer, making it 52-49 at the 6:33 mark.
NAU regained its lead as time wore on, but Dopplick finished a layup from Alves for a 56-55 edge late. Sanders then connected on a pair of free throws with 1:55 left, getting SU within 59-58. The visitors closed with the game’s final six points, though, escaping with a win.
Sanders led with 21 points, including 8-8 free-throw shooting. She added four rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 39 minutes of play. Alves posted a career-high 15 points on 7-9 field-goal shooting. The junior pulled down a personal-best 11 boards and blocked two shots in the contest. Bieg, making her first career start, scored a career-high nine points to go with three rebounds and three assists. Khiarica Rasheed led NAU with 24 points and six boards.
Seattle U heads to Hawai’i for a pair of contests next weekend. It faces Arizona on Friday, Nov. 16 and then takes on Hawai’i two days later.