PORTLAND, Ore.- Seattle University women’s basketball fell at Portland State, 68-43, Saturday afternoon. Leilia Orji scored a career-high 11 points off the bench in the non-conference game at the Stott Center.
In the first quarter, the Redhawks (0-5) were chilly from the field. Joana Alves scored the game’s first points, but the hosts answered with 11 straight to gain early control. Kamira Sanders split two foul shots to get SU back on the board and then the junior drove from the free throw line and finished through contact in the closing seconds of the frame. PSU held a 13-5 advantage after 10 minutes.
The deficit expanded to 15 in the second period, but SU’s bench provided a spark as the contest moved towards halftime. At the 6:51 mark, Sarah Rahon splashed a wing three-pointer to make it 20-8. After a PSU hoop, Orji faced up and sank a 15-footer from the wing. The sophomore followed with another jump shot and then hit a free throw, pulling the Redhawks within 26-13 with 4:55 left in the half.
With 2:03 remaining in the period, Orji found Rahon for another wing triple as SU trimmed its deficit to 12. The home side scored again, but Leilani Peat connected on a pair of foul shots with 0.5 seconds to play, making it a 28-18 halftime margin.
The Redhawks were at their best in the third, outscoring the Vikings, 17-15, in the frame. Alves scored in the lane and then Sanders swished a right-wing three-pointer, getting SU within five. The hosts made two free throws, but Alves responded with another basket inside at the 8:31 mark.
PSU regained a 10-point lead, but Alves ignited a 6-0 burst to get the Redhawks back in it. The junior sank two free throws and then Sanders scored. An Orji jumper made it 35-31 and forced a Viking timeout with 5:35 remaining in the period. The home side controlled the rest of the match, though, eventually getting the win to remain unbeaten this season.
Orji, Sanders, and Alves each scored 11 points in the game. Rahon contributed six points, six rebounds, three assists, and a steal off the bench. Pia Jurhar paced PSU with 13 points and 15 boards.
The Redhawks play the final game of their four-game road swing at Utah on Monday night.