SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball beat Central Washington, 75-65, on Tuesday evening at the Redhawk Center. SU scored 51 points in the second half to overtake the Wildcats in the first of a five-game home stand for the Redhawks.
"We weren't competing very well in the first half, but we got it going in the second," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "I told the team to stop thinking so much on the court. We worked this week to focus on rebounding and we'll continue to try growing in that area.
Down by one after three quarters, Seattle U turned the game around in the fourth. A Sarah Rahon three got SU with two points and then Joana Alves tied the game with a layup at the 7:26 mark. A Kamira Sanders three-ball gave the Redhawks a 55-52 lead. The senior followed with two free throws to stretch the difference. The visitors kept at it, getting within a point, but a Rahon trey and an Alves basket gave SU some breathing room. A pair of converted Olivia Crawford foul shots put the hosts up by six and then Sanders grabbed a rebound and took off, setting up Alves for a game-sealing layup in the final minute.
Sanders hit 7-16 shots for 23 points to go with six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Alves tallied 22 points and a career-high 15 boards. Rahon came off the bench to match her career best with 12 points, making three three-pointers.
SU held a 34-22 advantage on the glass, including a 9-3 margin on the offensive boards. In the second half, the Redhawks scored 51 points on 53.1 percent shooting from the floor.
To start the game, Sanders scored and then found Chinwe Ezeonu for a fast-break basket. Alves then scooped up an offensive rebound and scored for a 6-5 advantage at the 7:51 mark. A Carla Bieg three-pointer and an Alves layup tied the game at 12 with 3:46 remaining.
A pair of Crawford foul shots and an Alves reverse lay-in accounted for SU’s late-quarter scoring, but the visitors held a 19-16 margin after 10 minutes.
Buckets by Alves and McKenzi Williams gave the Redhawks a 20-19 edge early in the second period. A Sanders layup kept SU moving, but the Wildcats responded with five straight points. Rahon assisted on a Georgia Kehoe hoop late in the frame, but the defenses took over from there. CWU sank a three late in the half, taking a 31-24 lead into the locker room.
SU inched closer in the third, as Alves continued to work inside. The senior scored six of the first eight Redhawk points in the second half, using her size and skill to produce in the paint. Down by seven, Sanders swished a trey. After a Wildcat three, Sanders drove and scored again to get the Redhawks within 42-37 with 3:58 showing on the clock.
Alves then found a cutting Leilani Peat for a lay-in to get closer. Sanders scored and after a visitor hoop, Rahon splashed a triple to make it 48-45 late in the frame. A Sanders layup made it a one-point difference through three periods, as CWU held a 48-47 edge.
SU welcomes Montana State for another non-conference game on Saturday, Nov. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Redhawk Center.