PHOENIX – Seattle University women’s basketball won its second straight game, taking a 70-55 victory at Grand Canyon Saturday afternoon. Five Redhawks scored in double figures in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular-season finale at the GCU Arena.
Next, the Redhawks head to Las Vegas for the 2019 WAC Tournament. They will face the second-seeded UTRGV Vaqueros on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The winner will take on the winner of Wednesday’s CSU Bakersfield/Grand Canyon game on Friday afternoon.
“This was definitely a team win,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We had so many contributors throughout the game. We valued the basketball and made the extra pass. Our effort this weekend was tremendous. We gained some momentum going into the WAC Tournament and will begin preparing for UTRGV.”
On Saturday, SU used hot shooting from beyond the arc to carry the offense. It made 11-16 three-pointers, including nine of its first 11 tries on the day. The Redhawks also set a Division I program record with four turnovers in the game.
After two GCU hoops to start scoring, Joana Alves sank a three. The hosts scored again, but Kamira Sanders swished a 15-footer. She grabbed a rebound and set up a Courtney Murphy trey for an 8-6 advantage at the 6:09 mark of the first. Olivia Crawford then found Alves for another three-ball to stretch the lead.
The Lopes tied the game at 11, but Carla Bieg drained a triple to put the Redhawks back up. Genessa Bedoya grabbed an offensive rebound and then made two foul shots. In the final minute of the frame, Sanders assisted on a Madeline Dopplick three, making SU a perfect 5-5 from downtown and making it 19-12 through a quarter.
In the second period, GCU looked to stay close. Murphy drove and scored and then Crawford went off the dribble and scored to keep the Redhawks ahead. Crawford scored again a few minutes later and Sanders followed with a layup for a 27-21 advantage at the 6:09 mark.
The Lopes inched closer, but Murphy swished a trey from Bieg. After Sanders split two free throws, Murphy assisted on a Bieg three as Seattle U grabbed a 34-24 lead at halftime.
Murphy banked in a jumper to open third-quarter scoring and make it a 12-point difference. Dopplick hit a jumper from the top of the key as SU maintained a double-digit margin. Sanders made a layup and later hit a foul shot. Crawford corralled an offensive board that led to a Sanders wing three that hit, giving the Redhawks a 46-34 lead with 3:59 to go in the frame.
Alves finished a pair of layups to expand the advantage as SU took a 53-42 lead into the fourth.
Alves scored again early in the fourth and then Dopplick found space to launch a trey and swished for a 60-44 margin. Dopplick and Bieg both hit a three later in the period as the Redhawks doused any hopes of a GCU rally.
Sanders led with 15 points on 6-10 field-goal shooting, while Alves recorded 14 points, including a pair of threes. Dopplick and Bieg both scored 11 points, sinking two triples each. Murphy added 10 points, making both of her three-point shots, to go with a career-high nine rebounds. Crawford compiled seven points, five boards, three assists, and a steal.
UTRGV swept the season series with SU, but the teams went to overtime on Feb. 14 at the Redhawk Center.