RENO, Nev. – Seattle University women’s basketball was handed a 67-54 defeat at Nevada Thursday night. Junior Carla Bieg scored a career-high 15 points in the non-conference contest at the Lawlor Events Center.
The Redhawks (0-12) received solid contributions across the board in the first half, as six different players scored, led by Bieg’s eight-point effort in the first 20 minutes.
Nevada opened scoring, but Joana Alves immediately answered with a face-up jumper to tie the game. After six straight Wolf Pack points, Olivia Crawford drove, spun and sank a short jumper to mark her first field goal at SU. Sarah Rahon passed ahead to Crawford for a breakaway layup to make it 8-6 and then Kamira Sanders punctured the Nevada defense and scored to even the contest at the 5:59 mark.
Both sides went cold from there, with just four Nevada points going on the board for the remainder of the frame.
The hosts went ahead by seven early in the second quarter, but Leilani Peat scored inside to slow the momentum. After a Sanders hoop, Madeline Dopplick swished a wing three at the 4:23 mark, pulling the Redhawks within 19-15. The teams exchanged treys after that, as Bieg hit a pair of triples around three Wolf Pack threes. Bieg earned two free throws and converted and then Peat found Alves for a backdoor layup with 1:00 left in the half. Alves swatted a UNR attempt, which eventually led to Sanders breaking through the defense for a layup in the closing seconds, making it 28-27 Nevada at halftime.
The Wolf Pack got on track offensively in the third, scoring 20 points to gain control of the match. After Bieg drained a three, SU struggled to find its rhythm as the hosts went ahead, 47-35, late in the frame. Alves scored to cut the deficit, but Nevada took an 11-point margin into the fourth.
Bieg tried to keep the Redhawks attached, scoring twice on drives, but Nevada proved too much as time ran out on the night.
Bieg led with 15 points, making all five of her field-goal tries. She swished three three-pointers and connected on a pair of foul shots off the bench. Alves recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three blocks. Sanders finished with six points, eight boards, and four steals.
Seattle U takes a break for Christmas and returns to action at UC Irvine on Saturday, Dec. 29. The contest is SU’s final non-conference game of the season.