SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball put together a strong team effort and challenged Washington Friday night, but the Huskies pulled out a 69-58 decision in the non-conference game at the Redhawk Center. Kamira Sanders led the Redhawks with 17 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
“These last two games, we’ve understood what it means to compete for 40 minutes,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “When we didn’t turn the ball over, we executed well tonight. Delaney provided energy off the bench for us.”
Seattle U (0-7) came out firing, getting a raucous crowd of 787 fans into the game. Sanders drove for a score and then Sarah Rahon sank a three from the wing. After a Husky hoop, Joana Alves drained a jumper for a 7-2 advantage. The visitors scored again, but Delaney McCann found a cutting Leilani Peat for a lay-in at the 6:14 mark.
UW answered with six straight points, but a Sanders bucket slowed the run. After a period, the Huskies held a 17-11 margin.
SU found success from the perimeter early in the second frame, tying the game. Madeline Dopplick drilled a trey and then Rahon followed with a triple of her own, tying the game at 17 with 7:36 left in the half. UW responded with an extended run, taking control of the contest as the half wore on. Late in the quarter, Dopplick hit another three-pointer and then Sanders worked her way through the defense to score in the final seconds, as Washington went into halftime with a 38-22 lead.
The lead ballooned to 21 in the third, but a pair of McCann baskets trimmed the deficit. McCann then assisted on a Dopplick three to pull SU with 16 at the 5:53 mark. After a UW hoop, Sanders swished a corner three. A McCann trey and free throws by Carla Bieg and Leilia Orji made it a 48-39 difference. UW ended the quarter strong, going ahead by 13 heading into the fourth frame.
Dopplick got the Redhawks going in the fourth, making a three from Sanders. Sanders followed with a steal and a breakaway layup as SU got within 54-46 with 9:05 remaining. The hosts continued to battle as the quarter moved on, but the Huskies held a comfortable-enough margin to escape with a victory.
Sanders paced the Redhawks with 17 points on 8-13 shooting. She matched her career high with nine boards. The junior also dished out six assists and collected four steals. Dopplick connected on four treys on her way to 13 points. McCann came off the bench to add 11 points and five rebounds, including three on the offensive end. For a second straight contest, eight different Redhawks scored.
SU welcomes Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Redhawk Center.