HONOLULU – Seattle University women’s basketball fell at Hawai’i, 67-51, Sunday afternoon in the 2018 Bank of Hawai’i Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center. Kamira Sanders led with 18 points in the non-conference contest. The junior was named to the event’s all-tournament team.
Leilani Peat sank a corner three-pointer from Sanders to begin the Redhawks’ scoring Sunday. Sanders then converted a layup while being fouled and drained the ensuing free throw for a 6-4 lead. Joana Alves followed with a basket to keep the offense rolling in the opening minutes.
Delaney McCann came off the bench to drill a top-of-the-key trey for an 11-6 advantage with 5:54 remaining in the period. A Peat bucket in the lane and later a corner three from Sanders made it 16-12 at the 1:03 mark. UH split two foul shots to close first-quarter scoring, as the Redhawks (0-4) took a three-point margin into the second frame.
The defenses controlled the second, as both teams worked to find open looks. The hosts eventually grabbed a 22-16 lead midway through the period. An Alves free throw and a McCann bank shot pulled SU closer as the quarter continued. UH scored twice to gain control, but Sanders worked her way inside and drew a foul and hit the ensuing free throws. The junior was then fouled going up for a rebound, leading to two more made foul shots in the closing seconds. Hawai’i entered the half with a 27-23 difference in its favor.
Madeline Dopplick swished a triple to start the second half, but Hawai’i responded with the next seven points of the game. Sanders’ layup slowed the momentum, and McCann followed with a pair of free throws. Sanders connected on two more foul shots, making it 34-32 with 4:27 showing on the clock.
The Wahine answered with three threes to pull away as the hosts went ahead, 45-34, after 30 minutes.
In the fourth, Hawai’i continued its hot shooting, dashing any hopes of an SU comeback.
“We got good looks today, we just didn’t make them,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Our inability to score is putting too much pressure on our defense.”
The Redhawks continue their four-game road trip next week, playing at Portland State on Saturday, Nov. 24.