SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball dropped an 86-64 decision to California Baptist Thursday night. The Redhawks honored seniors Madeline Dopplick and Delaney McCann prior to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game at the Redhawk Center.
“We’re here to celebrate the seniors, not the season,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Both Madeline and Delaney have a common bond. They have a love of their team. We executed so well in the first half, but couldn’t sustain it tonight. Kamira played with reckless abandon for us.”
SU started well and played a strong first half to push the Lancers, who have won seven straight outings. Kamira Sanders grabbed the opening tip and sprinted in for a layup. After an offensive foul, Dopplick scored on the other end for a 4-0 lead. CBU settled after that, but Joana Alves scored inside and McCann came off the bench and swished a three-pointer to get her team within 11-9 at the 4:52 mark.
She scored again less than a minute later. A Sanders hoop made it a one-point difference before the visitors took an 18-13 margin. Dopplick followed with a pair of foul shots and then Alves sank a jumper. In the final minute, Alves scored again, giving SU a 19-18 edge at the end of the first period.
Olivia Crawford converted two free throws to start second-quarter scoring. The Lancers regained the lead after that, but the Redhawks responded with an 11-0 burst to take control. First, Sanders went coast-to-coast for a bucket and then Dopplick drained a trey for a 26-25 advantage with 6:55 left in the half. Dopplick then set up a Sanders triple from the top of the key. Sanders returned the favor on SU’s next trip, finding Dopplick open for another three-ball and a 32-25 difference at the 5:52 mark.
Carla Bieg hit a jumper, but CBU took the lead back, but in the final moments of the half, Leilia Orji scored in the lane. California Baptist scored and then Genessa Bedoya put up a 30-footer from straight away and found the bottom of the net to beat the buzzer and get Seattle U within 41-39 at halftime.
In the second half, SU tried to stay in touch, but the Lancers held an 11-point lead after three and then pulled away in the fourth frame.
Sanders recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 34 minutes. Courtney Murphy added 10 points and seven boards.
Dopplick finished with 17 points on 6-12 field-goal shooting. McCann added five first-half points to go with two rebounds, a block, and a steal off the bench.
SU hits the road for the last two games of the regular season, playing at CSU Bakersfield on Mar. 7 and then at Grand Canyon on Mar. 9.