SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 84-54, to Arizona in its first game the 2018 Bank of Hawai’i Classic Friday afternoon. Delaney McCann scored a career-high 12 points in the game at the University of Hawai’i’s Stan Sheriff Center.
"Delaney and (Leilani) Peat gave us some good minutes today," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "Arizona's speed and athleticism was tough for us to handle. We'll keep growing and learning from here."
Early hoops by Sanders and Carla Bieg kept SU in it at the start, but Aari McDonald got going to allow the Wildcats to begin to pull away.
McCann hit three shots as the Redhawks (0-3) tried to hang in as the half continued. Arizona was too much, however, as the Pac-12 program displayed its skill.
Seattle U’s offense performed much better in the third period, connecting on six of its first nine field-goal tries, including three made triples. Sanders, McCann and Sarah Rahon each sank threes and then Joana Alves and Madeline Dopplick hit shots. On the other end, Arizona found its own success, holding SU at bay.
The Redhawks continued to battle in the fourth, but the Wildcats came away with the non-conference decision.
McCann made 4-6 shots from the floor, including a three-pointer, on her way to a personal-best 12 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Sanders posted 12 points and six rebounds, while Dopplick added nine points. McDonald paced Arizona with 25 points.
The Redhawks return to action Sunday. They will take on the host Wahine in a 2:30 p.m. local (4:30 Pacific) tip.