LOGAN, Utah – Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 70-63, at Utah State on Saturday night. Senior Kamira Sanders tallied her 1,000th career point in the non-conference contest at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Sanders set a new career high in scoring for the second straight game, pouring in 30 points on Saturday. A late free throw gave her 28 points, making the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 in her career.
"It was just sheer determination from Kamira tonight," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "She was getting to the rim, she was shooting well from three, and she only committed three turnovers. She's playing at a really high level for us right now."
The hosts got out to a 5-0 advantage before a Williams layup put SU on the board. Chinwe Ezeonu scored, but the Aggies grabbed a 19-7 lead at the 2:44 mark in the first period. Both teams were cold from the field and the frame ended with a 12-point difference.
The Redhawks (1-1) looked markedly better in the second quarter, as Sanders sank a trey to start a strong run for SU. The senior followed with another three-ball later in the frame and then Genessa Bedoya threaded a nice bounce pass to Georgia Kehoe for a lay-in to make it a 25-15 deficit. Olivia Crawford hit a pair of shots and Ezeonu scored inside as the Redhawks made their move. Sanders then went on a personal 7-0 spurt to get SU within a point at halftime. She scored inside, swished a triple, and then made a layup to cap a 13-point quarter for the Redding, California, native.
In the third quarter, it was again Sanders igniting the SU attack. She made another lay-in and then assisted on a Joana Alves three-pointer to make it a two-point game. A Carla Bieg jumper in the lane tied the game at 36 with 6:09 remaining in the period, but Utah State answered with the next four points. An Alves bucket and later a Sanders driving score got the Redhawks within 42-40 late in the frame, but the Aggies closed with five points to wrest control at 47-40 through three.
The deficit moved to 12 before a Sanders foul shot slowed the momentum. The Redhawks looked to make a move, as Bedoya, Sanders, and Bieg all hit three-pointers, but the home side maintained a double-digit margin midway through the fourth.
Sanders made a strong closing push, scoring twice more and then getting fouled with 30 seconds to play. The guard swished both shots for 1,000 points, also tying her career high, set on Wednesday night. She then drove for a layup to establish a new career high with 30 points.
On the night, Sanders totaled 30 points and 11 rebounds for her third career double-double. Alves added nine points and four boards.
SU continues its three-game road swing with a trip to Idaho State on Monday. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. Pacific (7 p.m. Mountain).