KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Joana Alves scored a career-high 32 points, but Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 83-66, at Kansas City Thursday night. Alves shot 13-20 from the floor in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game at the Swinney Recreation Center.
“Joana was incredibly dominant inside the paint tonight,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “She carried us the entire game. Genessa really got us into our offensive sets in the second half.”
The junior from Lisbon, Portugal, finished one point shy of the Seattle U Division I single-game record, set earlier this year by freshman Courtney Murphy. Alves sank all six of her free throw attempts and recorded seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and two steals in 32 minutes of action.
Alves served as the hub of the offense for the night, scoring SU’s first points. Murphy grabbed an offensive rebound and sank a jumper. Alves followed with a layup to make it 8-6 Roos. Later in the frame, Alves scored two more times as the Redhawks pulled within 12-11 at the 2:59 mark. Olivia Crawford split two free throws and then hosts closed the quarter with a 16-12 advantage.
Kamira Sanders and Madeline Dopplick each scored early in the second quarter, but UMKC began to pull away, scoring 27 points in the period. An Alves lay-in in the dying seconds of the half made it 43-22 after 20 minutes.
Murphy swished a three-pointer in the third and then Dopplick hit a jump shot. After a Roo run, Alves finished a three-point play midway through the period. The junior continued to produce inside, scoring twice more to try to keep SU attached. Sarah Rahon came up with a steal and a layup to make it 61-38 with 2:03 to play in the third. Alves scored again, but Kansas City held a 65-41 margin after three.
Genessa Bedoya orchestrated the attack in the fourth, setting up a Murphy trey and then dribbling into a jumper of her own. Sanders scored and then Alves connected on a pair of foul shots. Another Sanders basket made it 67-52 with 7:06 remaining. After the Roos scored, Bedoya arced a terrific lob over the defense to create space for Alves, who scored while being fouled. She hit the ensuing free throw to get her side back within 15.
Alves worked inside two more times to top her previous career high of 29 points. With 1:20 left, Dopplick assisted on Alves’ final hoop of the contest, giving her 32 points, the most ever scored by a Redhawk on the road in the Division I era.
The Redhawks head to Chicago State for their next contest. The WAC match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. Central (noon Pacific) tip-off at the Jones Convocation Center.