LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 75-55, at New Mexico State Thursday night. Madeline Dopplick scored 13 points to lead three Redhawks in double figures in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game at the Pan American Center.
"We busted out of the gate with an aggressive scoring quarter," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "Key players got in foul trouble after that and it drastically reduces our ability to score. Madeline was a great spark for us off the bench with her clutch shooting."
SU (0-17) continued its string of strong first-quarter offense, scoring 23 points to grab the lead on the road. Joana Alves established a presence in the paint early, earning and making two free throws in the opening minute. After an Aggie hoop, Olivia Crawford swished a corner three-pointer. NMSU scored again, but Alves connected for two and then Bieg hit a jumper for a 9-5 margin at the 7:15 mark.
The hosts answered with seven straight points, but Alves replied with a jumper and then split two foul shots. After an Aggie bucket, Courtney Murphy sank a trey. Dopplick, coming off the bench for the first time this season, supplied a spark with two triples late in the frame, giving SU a 21-18 advantage. NM State scored, but Kamira Sanders drove and finished in the lane for a three-point lead after 10 minutes.
In the second quarter, NM State gained control briefly, but the Redhawks rallied near the end of the frame. Leilia Orji scored at the 2:42 mark to get the offense going. The defense ignited an SU run, crowding passing lanes and harassing ballhandlers to draw closer. The Redhawks forced four turnovers late in the period, as Crawford converted a layup on the break while being fouled. She completed the three-point play and then Sanders made two free throws. After an Aggie basket, Sanders scored in the closing seconds of the half, making it 36-33 at the break.
NM State made a run to start the third, but Seattle U continued to work. The home side took an 18-point lead in the third, but Sanders hit a three and then Dopplick beat the buzzer to pull within 13. Layups by Dopplick and Crawford inched SU closer to begin the fourth, but the Aggies held their margin and came away with the home win.
Dopplick scored 13 points, hitting three treys. Sanders posted 11 points and Crawford added 10. The Redhawks forced 25 NMSU turnovers and held their foes to 1-9 three-point shooting.
Seattle U heads to UTRGV for another WAC contest on Saturday night.