Courtesy: Seattle University
The Seattle University women’s basketball team showed that it could play with a Pac-10 squad at times, but significant scoring runs at the beginning of each half allowed the University of Washington to pull away with an 82-56 victory in the second game of the Husky Classic Friday afternoon at Bank of America Arena.
Seattle University was once again led by Breanna Salley (East Bethel, Minn.), who scored 23 points, pulled down eight rebounds, blocked two shots, and earned two steals. However, the rest of the team struggled, as SeattleU shot only 33.3 percent from the field and 60.7 percent from the free throw line and committed 30 turnovers.
Washington (2-2) took control of the game early, scoring the first ten points before Seattle University broke its scoring drought 4:56 into the game. With the score 22-8, Carley Butcher (Pitt Meadows, B.C.) and Salley combined to send SeattleU on an 8-0 run, and the Husky lead fluctuated between six and ten points for the rest of the first half, with the halftime score 34-28 in Washington's favor.
The second half started in a similar fashion, as Washington came out after halftime on a 15-2 run, not allowing a Seattle University field goal until Chelsie Morrison (Portland, Ore.) hit a fast break layup 4:41 into the second half. The Huskies shot 53.3 percent from the field in the second half, finished the game hitting 9-of-18 attempts from the three-point line, and won the rebounding battle, 41-29.
Washington’s offense was balanced, with five players scoring in double figures, led by Michelle Augustavo’s 15 points on five three-pointers. Sami Whitcomb and Kristi Kingma each scored 11 points, while Laura McLellan and Mollie Williams contributed ten points each. Sarah Morton finished with three points, five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals, and Lydia Young led her team with seven rebounds to go along with five points.
Seattle University (1-2) continues play in the Husky Classic Sunday, facing Kent State in the third-place game starting at 12 noon. Justin Kesterson and Chris McCullough will call the game live from courtside to be streamed on GoSeattleU.com. The Redhawks will then play their home opener against Seattle Pacific Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Connolly Center.