SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball dropped a 86-62 decision to Kansas City Saturday afternoon. Joana Alves led with 19 points in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at the Redhawk Center.

“Our defensive game plan was to limit the scoring from Mattingly and Ivory,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We were very successful with that, but we turned the ball over and UMKC got too many second-chance opportunities and took advantage. We didn’t shoot it well from the three-point line, but we did attack well and got to the free-throw line. Olivia was particularly aggressive today and had a solid overall game.”

SU (1-19, 1-6 WAC) hustled to stay attached in the first quarter, earning five offensive rebounds and seven foul shots. After breaking the Roo press, Courtney Murphy set up a Delaney McCann layup for the Redhawks’ first points. Madeline Dopplick drove for a layup to get within 5-4 at the 5:34 mark. UMKC scored five straight points, but Carla Bieg answered with a lay-in to trim the deficit.

Murphy began a parade to the free-throw line, hitting a pair at the 2:59 mark. The visitors came back with two foul shots and then a three as the lead moved to 15-8. Bieg split two free throws on the other end, with Joana Alves grabbing the offensive board off the miss. Olivia Crawford scored on the second chance, making it 15-11 late in the quarter. The Roos scored, but Murphy assisted on an Alves hoop in the last minute, as UMKC held a 17-13 advantage at halftime. 

The visitors got rolling in the second frame, scoring 29 points in the 10-minute span. SU tried to keep touch, making eight free throws in the period. UMKC sank 11-18 from the floor, including 3-5 from deep, in the quarter, stretching its margin to 46-23 through 20 minutes of action.

Alves opened second-half scoring with a bucket, but the Roos replied with the next seven points. SU showed life midway with the frame, scoring nine straight to get closer. After a Roo technical foul, Murphy connected on both ensuing free throws. She followed with a three-pointer and then Leilani Peat found Alves for a lay-in. SU got a steal, setting up a Crawford hoop as the hosts got within 53-34 with 5:36 remaining in the quarter. 

UMKC capped the frame with a burst and took a 65-38 difference into the fourth. It maintained its advantage as time ran out on the contest.

Alves finished with 19 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes. Crawford put up 15 points, including 7-8 shooting from the fou line. Murphy added 10 points, five boards, and two steals. The Redhawk defense held the WAC's leading scorer, Ericka Mattingly, to 10 points Saturday.

The Redhawks hit the road for their next two outings. They play at California Baptist on Saturday, Feb. 2, in a WAC match.