DAVIS, Calif. – Seattle University women’s basketball fell at UC Davis, 76-59, Sunday afternoon. Joana Alves scored 16 points to pace three Redhawks in double figures in the non-conference contest at The Pavilion.
After two Aggie hoops to open scoring, Kamira Sanders put her down and scored in the lane to put the Redhawks on the board. The host scored again, but Madeline Dopplick drove and kicked out to Joana Alves, who sank a three from the left corner. UC Davis, the defending Big West regular-season champion, scored on its next trip, but Alves answered with a move and a bucket inside.
The Aggies grabbed an eight-point lead, but Leilani Peat sank a 15-footer and then Carla Bieg drained a right corner three-pointer in the final minute. The home side held a 17-12 edge after 10 minutes.
SU was cold from the field to start the second frame and UC Davis expanded its margin to 16 at halftime. Delaney McCann worked to find three baskets and Sarah Rahon swished a trey as the Aggies pulled away.
In the second half, the hosts continued to find success offensively. Rahon beat the third-period buzzer with a triple and Alves put up six points in the fourth, but the Aggies maintained their advantage for the remainder of the game.
“The second quarter was our undoing,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We are putting ourselves in too deep of hole to claw our way out. We have to try and develop some sort of offensive consistency over the next week.”
Alves worked through foul trouble to tally 16 points on 6-11 field-goal shooting. Sanders and Bieg each scored 10 points, while Rahon made three threes for nine points.
Seattle U heads home for finals week and returns to game action on Monday, Dec. 17, when Cal Poly visits the Redhawk Center.