STOCKTON, Calif. – Seattle University women’s basketball fell at Pacific, 75-61, Thursday night. Kamira Sanders scored 20 points in the non-conference game at the Spanos Center.
The hosts jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the night. Good ball movement set up a Sarah Rahon lay-in, as Joana Alves found the freshman on the left side for SU’s first hoop. Delaney McCann came up with a steal, leading to an Alves score on the other end.
Pacific scored to expand its lead, but on its next trip, Madeline Dopplick a shot and Leilia Orji pulled down a rebound. Dopplick then finished a drive with her left hand, making it 10-6 at the 4:42 mark.
Alves later scored and then Carla Bieg made a decisive drive from the left wing and finished through contact, drawing a foul on her layup to get within seven. The Tigers closed well and grabbed a 21-11 advantage through 10 minutes.
Kamira Sanders, playing with two early fouls, sank a corner three-pointer to begin second-quarter scoring. Pacific pushed its lead to 13 before Sanders dashed in for a layup at the 6:39 mark. The junior scored again to trim the deficit and then Rahon splashed a trey from the top of the key as SU got within 30-21. The home side again had the closing kick, though, stretching its margin to 17 at halftime.
In the third period, Sanders got going and she looked to carry the Redhawks back. She connected from downtown and then scored in the lane to get SU within 12. After a pair of Tiger hoops, Rahon scored off a Sanders assist on the fast break. Another Sanders triple inched Seattle U closer and then Alves set up a McCann basket to make it 46-37 at the 5:26 mark in the frame.
The hosts got their advantage back up to 19, but the Redhawks put together an 10-0 burst to close the period. McCann scored twice, including a putback. Alves then grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. After a Tiger turnover, Alves assisted on a Leilani Peat layup in the final minute. Another defensive stop set up a last possession for SU. Rahon made a move from the wing and created enough separation to get off an elbow jumper that found the bottom of the net just before the buzzer sounded. The shot made it 58-49 with 10 minutes remaining.
Pacific scored first in the fourth, but Sanders answered with a jumper. SU worked to stay in touch, but the Tigers held off the charge and came away with the decision.
Sanders scored 20 points on 7-15 shooting. She matched a career high with three made three-pointers. Rahon put up a career-high 12 points, sinking two treys on the night. Alves posted eight points, six rebounds, and a career-high four assists.
The Redhawks head to UC Davis to cap their two-game California road swing. They face the Aggies on Sunday at 2 p.m.