RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Seattle University women’s basketball played its highest-scoring game since 2013 and scored its most points in a road game under Coach Suzy Barcomb, but California Baptist came away with a 100-83 decision Saturday afternoon. Madeline Dopplick scored a career-high 19 points in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game at the CBU Event Center.
"Today was another game where we competed and moved the ball for the first three quarters," said Barcomb. "During the fourth, we didn't continue that same solid play. It was great to have Kamira back in the lineup and she really came to play. We shot it incredibly well from three-point line and Madeline was outstanding."
Seattle U (1-20, 1-7 WAC) found its rhythm early, as Courtney Murphy sank a three on the first possession of the day. CBU scored its first points, but on the next trip, Leilia Orji found Dopplick for a triple and a 6-2 lead. After another Lancer hoop, Sanders drove and scored twice, giving the Redhawks a 10-4 advantage at the 5:05 mark.
CBU scored next, but Murphy swished from long range again. After a Lancer score, Carla Bieg drove and finished with her left hand to keep a seven-point margin. Dopplick connected on a jumper and then set up a Bieg corner three as SU grabbed a 20-13 margin with 2:44 left in the first. The hosts scored, but Murphy hit another jump shot. Two Kamira Sanders free throws kept SU ahead, but a CBU three-point play tied the game at 24 through a period.
The home side scored to start the second, but Olivia Crawford answered with a layup off a Sanders assist. Sanders converted a pair of foul shots as she continued to attack the Lancer interior. The junior made a layup as SU went up 30-26 at the 7:35 mark. A minute later, Murphy drained a trey and Crawford scored inside, making it 35-30. Crawford scored again, and after a CBU bucket, Sanders set up a Dopplick triple for an eight-point difference with 5:04 remaining in the half.
Murphy continued her hot shooting with another three-ball late in the period. Sanders found Delaney McCann for a hoop and a 45-36 advantage. The Lancers scored the last two baskets of the half, as the Redhawks took a 45-40 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, SU kept attacking and finding success on the offensive end. Crawford set up a Dopplick three-pointer and then Sanders found the senior for another trey and a 51-42 lead with 8:27 left. Layups by Sanders and Joana Alves allowed SU to maintain its lead. Crawford and Sanders both sank two free throws and then Sanders scored in the lane for a 61-51 lead with 5:55 to play in the frame.
The hosts looked to rally, but Crawford scored inside and then assisted on an Alves basket. The Lancers got within four, but Dopplick answered with another trey. She drove and scored for a 71-62 lead with 1:22 remaining in the period. The hosts came back with the final six points of the period to get within three points.
Alves scored early in the fourth, and after CBU inched closer, Sanders drove and made a lay-in for a 75-72 edge at the 8:04 mark. The Lancers took the lead after that, but Sanders earned two foul shots and connected on both to even the score. California Baptist responded with nine straight points to gain control and SU was unable to reply as the Lancers pulled out the win.
Sanders finished with a season-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Dopplick hit 7-10 field goals, including 5-6 threes, on her way to a career-best 19 points. Murphy put up 14 points, hitting four three-pointers, while Crawford tallied 12 points, five assists, and four boards.
As a team, SU shot 50 percent from the floor and made 10-18 three-pointers.
The last time Seattle U played in a game featuring more than 183 total points was Dec. 4, 2013, when Oregon won, 105-100, over SU at KeyArena. The Redhawks last scored more than 83 points in a road game on Dec. 15, 2015, when they won, 85-64, at Portland State.
SU plays at Utah Valley next Saturday afternoon in another WAC contest.