CHICAGO – Seattle University women’s basketball dropped a 64-61 decision at Chicago State Saturday afternoon. Joana Alves, Kamira Sanders, and Courtney Murphy combined for 40 points in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game at the Jones Convocation Center.
Alves scored the first points of the day, sinking a jumper off an Olivia Crawford pass. After two Cougar hoops, Alves scored again. The hosts came back with two more scores before Sanders sank two free throws. Madeline Dopplick’s three-pointer pulled SU within one at the 5:04 mark. CSU made two foul shots, but Delaney McCann replied with a face-up jumper on the Redhawks’ next trip. Murphy gave her side a 13-12 edge with a basket at the 3:55 mark.
Later in the frame, Leilani Peat scored twice inside, putting SU up by a point on her second layup, as the Redhawks held a 17-16 advantage after a period.
The home team scored first in the second quarter, but Alves answered with a pair of free throws. After a Cougar bucket, Murphy found space for a corner trey and hit to give Seattle U a two-point margin. The Cougars tied it again, but Sanders made a steal and scored with 7:38 left in the half.
CSU grabbed a five-point lead later in the period, while Sanders and Carla Bieg both scored to keep the Redhawks close. The Cougars went into the half with a 36-30 advantage.
Murphy opened second-half scoring with a triple. McCann hit a jumper and Sanders made a steal and a lay-in to make it 45-40 with 5:05 remaining in the third. Alves looked to bring SU back, converting in the paint on three occasions late in the third, but the hosts held a 53-47 margin with 10 minutes to play.
Genessa Bedoya grabbed an offensive rebound and scored in the first minute of the fourth. McCann made a layup to get SU within two, but CSU replied and maintained its edge. Hoops by McCann and Alves made it 57-56 with 3:32 left. After a Cougar bucket, Sanders set up Murphy for a three-ball and the freshman tied the game at 59 with 2:17 showing on the clock. Following a defensive stop, Murphy drove left and scored for a 61-59 lead at the 1:18 mark.
The Cougars tied it and then made three free throws to regain the lead, while Seattle U was unable to find another basket as time ran out.
Alves finished with 14 points. Sanders put up 13 points, nine rebounds, and four steals. Murphy tallied 13 points and five boards. McCann added nine points on 4-4 shooting off the bench.
The Redhawks host California Baptist in their final home game of the 2018-19 season on Thursday night. SU will honor its two seniors-Madeline Dopplick and Delaney McCann-prior to the 6 p.m. tip-off at the Redhawk Center.