BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Seattle University women’s basketball shot a season-high 53.3 percent from the floor at CSU Bakersfield Thursday night and won, 68-58, in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game at the Icardo Center. Madeline Dopplick, Courtney Murphy, and Joana Alves combined for 46 points to lead the Redhawks to a key road victory.
“We had a really good balance tonight,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Defensively, we had a good game plan and executed it well. That’s a big win for us tonight."
With the win, the Redhawks took a step towards the seventh seed in next week’s WAC Tournament. SU will secure the seventh spot with a win at Grand Canyon or a Chicago State loss at Kansas City Saturday.
The Redhawks came out with a balanced attack to open the contest. Madeline Dopplick drove and scored for the game’s first points. Joana Alves earned two free throws and converted for a 4-0 lead. After a `Runner three, Alves sank a jumper while being fouled and finished the three-point play at the 7:49 mark. Driving buckets by Carla Bieg and Kamira Sanders kept SU ahead and then Dopplick swished a trey for a 14-7 advantage with 4:16 to play in the first.
The hosts answered with five straight points, but Courtney Murphy got loose for a corner triple and then connected on a turnaround jumper in the lane for a 19-12 margin late in the period. CSUB made a three to close scoring for the frame, as the Redhawks took a four-point lead into the second.
Alves scored early in the quarter, but the `Runners grabbed their first lead a few minutes later. Bieg drained a corner three-ball to give her side a 24-22 difference with 6:54 remaining in the half. The home team regained the lead, but Olivia Crawford and Dopplick both worked to pull down offensive rebounds and then score as SU went back ahead. CSUB scored late, but a Genessa Bedoya three put Seattle U up and then Bedoya set up an Alves trey in the closing seconds of the half, putting the Redhawks ahead, 34-29, after 20 minutes of action.
In the third quarter, the Redhawks put together their best stretch of the night, outscoring the `Runners, 20-11, over the 10-minute span. CSUB made two free throws, but Sanders assisted on a Murphy trey. In the next minute, Murphy was fouled shooting a three. The freshman sank two of three foul shots. Sanders made a steal and found Alves for a layup and a 41-31 advantage at the 8:12 mark.
The hosts scored, but Sanders continued her strong playmaking, assisting on a Dopplick triple. After a `Runner hoop, Alves finished a lay-in to make it an 11-point game. Later in the frame, Alves dropped off a nice pass to a cutting Crawford for a layup with 4:43 left in the third. A Murphy jump shot put SU ahead, 50-37. Sanders scored on a fast break and then Dopplick converted a pair of foul shots in the last minute of the third, giving the Redhawks a 54-40 margin.
CSUB looked to rally in the fourth, but with SU at the free-throw line, Leiliani Peat made an impact. The redshirt freshman cut in for an offensive rebound and scored, giving her team a 56-43 difference with 7:12 to go. Murphy scored and then Dopplick swished a three-ball to put the game out of reach, as Seattle U grabbed a 61-43 lead at the 5:21 mark. SU hit enough free throws to keep the `Runners at bay as the Redhawks picked up the road victory.
Dopplick and Murphy scored 16 points each, while Alves tallied 14 points. Murphy and Alves grabbed seven rebounds apiece. Sanders contributed six points, six assists, four steals, and four boards.
SU closes the 2018-19 regular season at Grand Canyon on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the GCU Arena.