EDINBURG, Texas – Seattle University women’s basketball led at halftime, but UTRGV came away with a 69-56 decision at the UTRGV Fieldhouse Saturday night. The Redhawks matched a season high with 16 assists in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game.
"We played outstanding basketball through three quarters," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "The fourth quarter, we couldn't get anything going offensively. We missed Kamira's presence on the court on both ends."
The hosts went up 5-0 early, but SU (0-18, 0-5 WAC) quickly responded, settling into the contest despite missing leading scorer Kamira Sanders due to a concussion. Madeline Dopplick and Courtney Murphy both sank three-pointers to goose the offense. After UTRGV went up by 6, Sarah Rahon entered the game and promptly drained a wing trey to get within 12-9 with 3:09 left in the frame.
Olivia Crawford penetrated and earned two free throws, which she converted to get the Redhawks closer. Joana Alves then found a cutting Leilani Peat for a lay-in and a 13-12 edge late in the frame. Rahon set up an Alves and-one as SU stretched its margin. UTRGV scored last to make it 15-14 through 10 minutes.
Seattle U continued to find offensive success in the second period, as Alves scored in the paint and then Crawford claimed two more foul shots to make it 19-14. Following a Vaquero score, Murphy snapped off a corner triple at the 7:33 mark. The freshman then finished through contact on a baseline jumper, giving the Redhawks a 24-19 lead.
After UTRGV inched closer, Carla Bieg drained a jumper and then a trey to regain control midway through the frame. Dopplick drove and hit a floater and Alves followed with two free throws in the final minute of the half. The home side capped first-half scoring with two foul shots as SU entered halftime with a 33-31 advantage.
In the third period, Alves went to work early. The junior connected in the lane twice, punishing the Vaquero interior. At the 7:07 mark, Murphy connected from deep. UTRGV took the lead, but Crawford drove and made two free throws and then Dopplick broke open for a three-pointer and a 46-44 edge with 3:40 remaining in the third. An Alves bucket gave Seattle U a 48-47 lead at the 3:13 mark, but the hosts closed well and took a 51-48 difference into the final period.
Crawford began fourth-quarter scoring with a jumper and then Bieg swished a wing trey to make it 53-51 SU with 7:11 showing on the clock. UTRGV answered with nine straight points before a Bieg jumper cut the deficit with 3:07 left. A Delaney McCann foul shot got SU closer, but the Vaqueros held on for the WAC decision.
Seattle U hit 8-15 threes on the night. Alves led with 12 points in 18 minutes. Murphy shot 3-4 from long range on her way to 11 points, while Bieg added 10 points. Crawford notched nine points, connecting on 7-8 free throws, to go with a career-high five assists. Genessa Bedoya contributed six rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Seattle U welcomes Chicago State to the Redhawk Center for a WAC contest on Thursday, Jan. 24. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.