OREM, Utah – Seattle University women’s basketball dropped a 63-54 decision at Utah Valley Saturday afternoon. Joana Alves put up 20 points and seven rebounds in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game at the UCCU Center.

Both sides were slow to start on offense, with a Madeline Dopplick three-pointer representing SU’s first field goal of the game at the 5:01 mark of the first period, giving the Redhawks a 6-4 advantage. Joana Alves earned repeated trips to the free-throw line and converted, hitting a pair to put SU ahead, 8-7 with 3:26 left in the frame. The junior followed with two close baskets to expand the lead to five. Carla Bieg leaked out in transition and finished a Genessa Bedoya assist. UVU grabbed a 15-14 edge late in the quarter, but Bedoya found a loose ball and connected on a long, leaning two-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Redhawks a one-point margin.

Dopplick corralled an offensive rebound and scored to begin second-quarter action. The hosts regained the lead, but Bedoya found Sarah Rahon for a trey with 6:52 to play in the half as SU took a 21-19 lead. After a 7-0 UVU burst, Alves scored in the lane to slow the momentum. She made another hoop and then Delaney McCann scored on a putback to get within three late in the frame. The Wolverines sank a three, but Alves capped the half with two more foul shots as Seattle U went into the locker room trailing, 33-29.

The home side scored to open the third, but Courtney Murphy drained a 15-footer on SU’s first trip down. UVU pulled away for a nine-point advantage, but Olivia Crawford connected on a putback and then Alves sank two more free throws. A pair of Rahon foul shots made it 40-37 with 4:02 left in the period. McCann and Bieg both scored to keep it close, but the Wolverines finished with a three-point play to take a 47-41 margin into the fourth quarter.

Utah Valley maintained its margin for much of the final period, but a Bieg triple got SU within five at the 2:43 mark. The Wolverines converted enough foul shots to hang on for the home win.

Alves totaled 20 points, including 8-8 free-throw shooting, to go with seven boards. Bieg compiled 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

The Redhawks return home for two WAC contests next week. They host UTRGV on Thursday night and then take on New Mexico State on Saturday afternoon.