SALT LAKE CITY – Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 89-62, at Utah Monday night. Eight different Redhawks scored in the non-conference game at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
"It was our most complete game of the season," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "Joana and Kamira were really good and then we had good energy coming off the bench tonight. We put in a good effort for all four quarters against a good team."
The Redhawks (0-6) fared well offensively in the first quarter, hitting 8-13 field goal attempts. They penetrated against a spread-out Utah defense and converted in the paint, hanging in with the Pac-12’s Utes.
Kamira Sanders sank a short jumper, but the hosts jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Joana Alves scored to slow the run at the 7:07 mark. Down eight, Delaney McCann found Sanders cutting backdoor for a layup. Genessa Bedoya followed with a pull-up jumper in the lane, pulling SU within five with 5:32 remaining in the frame.
The teams traded hoops, with Sanders scoring for the Redhawks. Later, Bedoya connected on a baby hook shot to make it 17-13 with 3:35 showing on the clock. Alves scored and then Leilia Orji drove past her defender for a lay-in as SU got within 23-17 late in the period. Utah scored to cap the quarter with an eight-point margin.
A pair of Sarah Rahon free throws got the Redhawks on the board in the second. Utah continued to find success offensively, but a Sanders drive kept the visitors close. The hosts began to pull away as the period continued, but Carla Bieg converted two jumpers to stem the momentum. Another Sanders drive resulted in a bucket and then Alves scored inside in the final minute of the half, with the Utes heading into the locker room with a 50-31 difference.
Seattle U continued to work in the third, with Sanders draining a wing three off a Bedoya assist. Madeline Dopplick scored in the paint and then Orji made a move and scored to dent the deficit. Alves and McCann each scored as the frame closed with Utah in control.
In the fourth, the Redhawks made 6-12 shots from the field, matching the Utes point-for-point in the final 10 minutes.
Alves connected on 7-10 field goals for a career-high 16 points. She grabbed five rebounds as well. Sanders totaled 14 points, while Bieg and McCann each added seven points off the bench.
The Redhawks return home for two games this weekend. They welcome Washington for alumni night on Friday and then host Pepperdine on Sunday at the Redhawk Center.