SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball dropped a 60-50 decision to Cal Poly Monday. Madeline Dopplick scored a career-high 18 points to lead SU on Kids Day, which brought out 444 fans at the Redhawk Center.
“Madeline played her best game as a shooting guard today,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Having Olivia back helped with that in the first half. They had an advantage in rebounds and that was hard to overcome. Today’s atmosphere was extra special. The kids brought enthusiasm and energy. We hope to continue this for years to come.”
Cal Poly grabbed a lead in the first quarter, as SU (0-11) was unable to put together much offensive success. A Sarah Rahon layup and a Dopplick trey represented the Redhawks’ lone made field goals in the opening frame. The Mustangs held a 13-9 margin after a period.
Dopplick got rolling the second, swishing three treys to propel the Redhawks to the lead. The senior sank a three on the first possession of the quarter, but the visitors regained a five-point lead. Rahon followed with a jumper and then a triple to get within 19-17 at the 6:50 mark.
Dopplick answered a Mustang hoop with another three with 5:03 showing on the clock. A pair of Sanders free throws made it 22-all later in the frame. Joana Alves beat her defender in the post and finished, giving Seattle U its first lead of the day. Dopplick made it a 7-0 run with her fourth three of the half as SU took a 27-22 lead with 1:33 left in the period. The visitors closed with the final four points of the period as the teams went into halftime separated by one point.
In the third, the Redhawks went cold again, but the defense tried to keep the home side in the contest. Alves scored in the lane early, but only free throws put the hosts on the board the rest of the period. SU held Cal Poly to 30 percent field-goal shooting in the span, but the Mustangs went up, 39-33, entering the fourth.
Dopplick’s fifth trey pulled the Redhawks within 55-50 late in the quarter, but the visitors salted away the contest with enough made foul shots to keep their distance.
Dopplick shot 5-11 from deep on her way to a career-high 18 points. She also grabbed four rebounds. Alves and Rahon added nine points each, while Sanders posted six points and seven boards. Hana Vesela led Cal Poly with 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Redhawks head to Nevada for their final game before their holiday break. They play the Wolfpack on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.