SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball rode a 27-0 game-opening run to a 90-54 win over Chicago State Thursday night. Courtney Murphy scored an SU Division I single-game record 33 points in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at the Redhawk Center.
"I'm so happy for this team and their willingness to continue to show up and compete," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "We unleashed our frustration and the emotion we started the game with was electric. It was a total team effort as we shared the ball tonight."
Murphy put on a show in the first half, scoring 23 points to ignite the Redhawk attack. The freshman made two free throws to start scoring and then Carla Bieg scored on a putback. Madeline Dopplick grabbed a rebound and then found Murphy for a jumper and a 6-0 lead. Olivia Crawford followed with a pair of foul shots. She pulled down a rebound and assisted on a Joana Alves lay-in, making it 10-0 at the 7:33 mark.
Leilani Peat blocked a shot, leading to a Murphy jumper off a Peat assist. SU forced two more Cougar turnovers and then Crawford found Murphy for a trey to give the Redhawks a 15-0 lead with 6:04 remaining in the first. The hosts harassed CSU into another turnover and Crawford converted a pair of free throws for a 17-point margin.
Another Crawford board set up another Murphy triple as the lead ballooned to 20 points. Murphy went up for a rebound and sprinted out, where eventually Genessa Bedoya hit her for her third three-pointer in 1:24 of play as Seattle U went up 23-0 with 4:40 remaining.
Dopplick sank two free throws and Sarah Rahon got a rebound. The freshman found Dopplick for a driving layup and a 27-0 difference at the 3:42 mark. The run is the largest in SU’s Division I history.
Chicago State missed on its next trip, as it began the game 0-8 from the field with five turnovers. After a Redhawk miscue, the Cougars finally got on the board with 2:47 showing on the clock.
Bieg hit a jumper, Murphy split four foul shots, and Dopplick hit a free throw as the quarter closed with SU ahead, 32-8. The period point total is the most by a Redhawk side since SU dropped 32 against Utah Valley on March 3, 2018, at the Redhawk Center.
In the frame, Seattle U hit 9-14 field goals, including 3-5 treys. It was also 11-14 at the foul line.
Dopplick made three free throws to begin second-quarter scoring for the Redhawks. Delaney McCann assisted on another Murphy triple and then McCann scored in the paint for a 40-12 lead with 7:33 left in the half. After a CSU foul shot, McCann scored again. With 5:28 to go, Bedoya set up yet another Murphy three-ball as the advantage stretched to 45-13. After a small Cougar run, Murphy assisted on a McCann layup in the final minute as SU took a 47-19 lead into halftime.
In the third period, SU continued to work its way to the free-throw line to generated offense. Crawford scored on a putback and then Murphy hit two foul shots. Bedoya split a pair and then found Murphy for a lay-in and a 54-29 difference with 6:03 to play.
McCann swished a jump shot and Crawford earned two more free throws. Peat followed with a three-point play for a 30-point lead. A Dopplick bucket made it 69-34 late in the third as SU celebrated its first win of the season.
Murphy hit two fourth-quarter free throws to become the record-holder, sending the Redhawk bench into pandemonium.
Murphy finished with 33 points on 10-18 shooting from the field. She connected on 5-9 three-point tries and 8-11 free throws. The freshman added a career-high eight rebounds in 32 minutes.
Murphy topped Alexis Montgomery, who scored 31 points against Idaho State on Nov. 10, 2017.
"Courtney's performance was truly outstanding in only her sixth game of her career here," said Barcomb.
The Redhawks recorded a season-high 23 assists on 29 made field goals. They set season highs in points (90), made free throws (25), attempted free throws (34), and field-goal percentage (50 percent).
McCann posted 12 points on 6-8 shooting off the bench, while Crawford put up 11 points, including 7-8 foul shooting, to go with six assists and four boards. Dopplick contributed 10 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. All 10 Redhawks scored in the contest.
Seattle U faces Kansas City on Saturday. The WAC game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip-off at the Redhawk Center.