POCATELLO, Idaho – Seattle University women’s basketball dropped a 73-48 decision at Idaho State Monday night. Nine different Redhawks scored in the non-conference contest at Reed Gym.
Courtney Murphy and Joana Alves both hit threes to open scoring for the Redhawks in the first period. A McKenzi Williams putback gave SU an 8-5 edge. ISU rallied to take the lead, but Alves made a jumper to tie the game at 10 with 3:14 showing on the clock. Carla Bieg followed with a layup, but the hosts closed with six straight points to gain an 18-12 lead after a quarter.
Idaho State put together a strong start in the second frame, going up by 12 before a pair of Williams’ foul shots got the Redhawks back in it. Genessa Bedoya split two free throws, corralling the second and finding Murphy for a straight-on trey to pull SU within 24-18 at the 5:24 mark.
Olivia Crawford made an impact off the bench after that, hitting a jumper and then a free throw. A Georgia Kehoe basket made it an eight-point game and the Bengals entered halftime with a 34-25 margin.
In the third period, the Bengals began to pull away as the Redhawks went cold from the field. A Murphy lay-in got SU within 14 and then Alves worked her way to the free-throw line to try to keep the Redhawks close. The senior made four foul shots and then Crawford converted a putback to cap scoring with ISU ahead, 60-35, through 30 minutes.
Alves, Murphy, and Crawford each scored early in the fourth, but ISU maintained its grasp on the game. Kamira Sanders made a layup and then a three-pointer, as the Bengals ran the clock out on the night.
"We'll address our inefficiencies both offensively and defensively over the next few days and try to gain some momentum for our game on Saturday," said Coach Suzy Barcomb.
Alves totaled 11 points and five rebounds, while Murphy posted 10 points. Crawford added nine points and four boards off the bench.
Sanders finished with eight points, passing Julie Orth for 16th on the program's career scoring list. Sanders has 1,010 points at SU.
Seattle U will head to Northern Arizona for its next contest on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Mountain) at NAU.