SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball cruised to a 70-47 win over Puget Sound in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Seniors Joana Alves and Kamira Sanders combined for 36 points in the game at the Redhawk Center.
“We definitely can find a lot of positives to build upon from tonight, along with areas that need our attention,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Several players had very solid performances. Kamira looked good tonight and Jo had a solid second half. We had our bench bring energy and a nice offensive punch from Olivia, Carla and Genessa.”
SU used its defense to carry water early. The Redhawks harassed UPS into misses on its first five field goal attempts and on 13 of its first 14 tries. Sanders scored first, and after a Logger hoop, Georgia Kehoe and Chinwe Ezeonu both scored inside for a 6-2 lead at the 5:02 mark.
Later in the period, Courtney Murphy found Olivia Crawford ahead of the pack for a layup and then Alves executed a spinning move in the post to score for a 10-2 margin with 1:44 left in the quarter. Leilani Peat stuffed a UPS shot, setting up an SU attack, as McKenzi Williams found Carla Bieg open for three, where the senior swished to cap an 11-0 burst to make it 13-2 late in the frame.
The visitors hit two foul shots to slow the run, but Kehoe scored in the lane again as the Redhawks grabbed a 15-5 lead at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, Williams made a layup to open scoring. The Loggers rallied after that, getting within five midway through the frame. Sanders converted after a Crawford offensive rebound and then Sanders pulled down a board and scored as the Redhawks went ahead, 21-12 with 3:25 to play in the half. Baskets by Alves and Crawford kept SU comfortably in the lead as the hosts entered halftime with a 26-15 difference. The Redhawks contained UPS to 3-24 field-goal shooting in the 20 minutes of play.
Alves got Seattle U rolling in the third, scoring SU’s first six points as she did well to work against the UPS interior. Bieg then hit Sanders for a three-pointer to make it 35-24 at the 6:34 mark. Bieg followed with a triple of her own and then Crawford cashed in on a Logger turnover for a 40-26 advantage.
A Sanders putback extended the margin and then Alves and Williams both scored in the lane as the margin grew to 17 points. Alves continued to excel in the paint, scoring again before a Bieg baseline jumper. Freshman Maddy Phillips capped third-period scoring with two free throws in the final minute as the Redhawks held a 52-35 lead after 30 minutes.
Alves began the fourth with another layup. Sanders and Murphy both scored as the lead ballooned to 21. A Sarah Rahon three-ball made it 62-39 with 5:49 left and the Redhawks ran out the clock on the contest.
On the night, SU forced Puget Sound into 13-51 (25.5 percent) field-goal shooting, including 3-16 (18.8 percent) accuracy from downtown.
Alves led with 19 points, while Sanders put up 17 points and six rebounds. Bieg added eight points and three steals, while Crawford had seven points. Ezeonu posted eight boards and two steals.
The Redhawks begin the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 6, as Saint Martin’s visits the Redhawk Center. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.