SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball dropped a 78-64 decision to Pepperdine Sunday afternoon. Kamira Sanders and Joana Alves combined for 36 points in the non-conference contest at the Redhawk Center.

Pepperdine hopped out to an early 10-3 advantage, but SU (0-8) responded and the teams traded hoops for the remainder of the half. Joana Alves scored to make it 10-5 and then Sanders sank two free throws. The junior followed with a breakaway layup, and after the visitors regained some control, Sanders grabbed a rebound and took off, scoring on the other end to get within one. Leilani Peat converted on a layup with 42 seconds to go in the frame, giving the Redhawks their first lead of the day at 14-13. Pepperdine scored to take a one-point margin into the second period.

Sanders answered two Pepperdine hoops with a trey early in the second and then Madeline Dopplick sank a right-wing three to put SU ahead, 20-19, with 6:12 to go in the half. The visitors rallied for a five-point lead before Sanders scored and then Alves connected on her first career three-pointer to even the score at 27 with 2:05 left in the half. The Waves scored next, but Sanders tied it again with a layup. Pepperdine closed first-half scoring with a jumper for a 31-29 halftime margin.

In the second half, Alves scored first to even the scoring, but the visitors took control from there. The difference ballooned to 17 points in the middle of the third and the Waves held a 54-39 lead entering the fourth. Carla Bieg hit a three-pointer and then sank a jumper to trim the deficit, but the visitors held the advantage as time ran out.

“Kamira was scoring at will in the first half today,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “It’s been one quarter a game for us this season. Today, it was the third. We couldn’t get anything to fall.”

Sanders led with 19 points, including 15 in the first half. She added six rebounds and a pair of steals. Alves finished with 17 points and six boards, while Sarah Rahon posted eight points. Yasmine Robinson-Bacote led the Waves with 19 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes of play.

The Redhawks hit the road this coming week. They play at Pacific on Thursday and then at UC Davis a week from today.