SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball led for the majority of the game with New Mexico State, but the Aggies rallied for an 83-72 win Saturday afternoon. Carla Bieg scored a career-high 18 points in the Play4Kay game at the Redhawk Center.
"We hit shots in the first half, which we knew we would have to do against this team," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "We held Salas and Pack down in the first half, but they got going in the second half and we couldn't keep them off the free throw line. Genessa was a big spark for us on both ends of the floor today."
Bieg came out on fire to get the Redhawks in the flow early. The junior made a three on the first possession of the game. After a pair of Aggie hoops, Bieg scored in transition, with Kamira Sanders finding her ahead of the pack. Bieg then sank another trey at the 6:04 mark. Brooke Salas answered for the visitors, but Courtney Murphy assisted on Bieg’s third triple as SU took an 11-7 advantage with 5:21 left in the quarter.
NMSU took a lead, but Genessa Bedoya found space inside and scored with 2:15 showing on the clock. A pair of Sanders free throws in the final minute got the Redhawks within 16-15 at the end of the first frame.
In the second period, Olivia Crawford converted two foul shots to start scoring. Murphy followed with a three-ball for a 20-16 margin with 8:45 to play in the half. NMSU scored, but Sanders hit a jumper. After an Aggie hoop, Bieg sprung free for another trey, giving her side a five-point lead.
At the 6:30 mark, Bedoya set up a Murphy triple. The Aggies scored, but Murphy replied with her third three of the quarter for a 31-24 advantage. Joana Alves joined the act, making a layup to stretch the lead. Following a defensive stand, Bieg found a cutting Bedoya for a layup and an 11-point difference. Sanders scored, while NMSU looked to trim its deficit. However, Crawford hit Murphy for yet another three-pointer, making it 40-30 with 2:12 remaining in the half. New Mexico State claimed the last four points of the period, as Seattle U held a 40-34 lead at halftime.
The visitors attempted to move closer early in the third, but Alves scored on consecutive trips to keep the Aggies at bay. A Madeline Dopplick trey and a Sanders bucket gave SU a 51-45 lead with 4:09 to go in the quarter. Off a loose ball scramble, Crawford found Murphy open, as the freshman swished her fifth three of the day for a nine-point margin. Bieg scored again and then Delaney McCann connected on two free throws, making it 58-49 late in the third. The visitors got within four, but Sanders drove and scored in the final seconds of the period for a 60-54 lead with 10 minutes to play.
NM State went to work in the fourth, scoring the first 17 points of the quarter to take an 11-point lead. SU fought back, sparked by Bedoya. The junior drove and converted a three-point play at the 4:51 mark. She pulled down a rebound that led to an Alves jumper. After another stop, Bedoya fed Bieg for a basket to trim the deficit to 71-67 with 3:55 left. The Aggies hit two free throws, but Bedoya executed a crossover that sat her defender down, giving Bedoya plenty of space to can an elbow jumper and get the Redhawks within four again.
The visitors came back with free throws and a key three-pointer to regain control, though.
Bieg finished with 18 points on 7-11 shooting, including 4-5 accuracy from deep. Murphy made 5-8 three-point tries on her way to 15 points off the bench. Sanders added 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals, while Alves posted nine points and six boards in 21 minutes. Bedoya put up nine points to go with four rebounds, two assists and a steal.
SU makes the trip east next week, facing Kansas City on Thursday and then Chicago State next Saturday.