GOING BACK TO CALI: Seattle University is making the second of five separate trips to The Golden State, as the Redhawks head to Stockton to face the Pacific Tigers Tuesday evening. Seattle U has seen some success on the road this season, but that will need to continue for the Redhawks to maintain their chances of reaching the WNIT or the WBI this season. Seattle U plays four road games within the next five contests.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
- G: #1 Sylvia Shephard - 5-10 - So. - 6.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.3 spg
- G: #5 Elle Kerfoot - 5-7 - Sr. - 8.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apg
- G: #11 Talisa Rhea - 5-11 - Sr. - 13.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.7 apg
- F: #14 Ashley Ward - 5-11 - So. - 10.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 85.7% FT
- C: #41 Kacie Sowell - 6-2 - So. - 14.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 61.8% FG
THE CHICAGO STATE GAME: Four players scored in double figures, including two double-doubles, as Seattle University dominated every stat on its way to an 80-38 victory over Chicago State Saturday afternoon at the Connolly Center. Elle Kerfoot was a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the three-point line in leading all players with 18 points. Talisa Rhea notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists, plus she pulled down six rebounds and earned two steals. Kacie Sowell earned her third double-double in as many games and eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Sylvia Shephard also scored 10 points, all in the first half to help the Redhawks establish their advantage. Ashley Ward earned eight points and seven rebounds, while Brenda Adhiambo also scored eight points while pulling down six rebounds. For the game, Seattle U shot 52.4 percent (33-of-63) from the field, including 9-of-23 from behind the three-point line. Seattle U held Chicago State to 25.9 percent shooting from the field in the game (14-of-54), plus the Redhawks dominated the boards, 51-26, and dished out a season-high 26 assists.
SCOUTING PACIFIC: The Tigers come into Tuesday's game with a 9-7 overall record after losing to Cal State Northridge Saturday, 72-68. That snapped Pacific's six-game home winning streak and dropped its home record to 6-2 this season. The Tigers are scoring 72.2 points per game and giving up 69.2 points per contest. As a team, Pacific is shooting 40.4 percent from the field, including 34.0 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. Erica McKenzie leads the team with 13.2 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.1 steals per game, plus she has made 42 three-pointers so far this season, hitting 40 percent of her attempts from long distance. Ashley Wakefield is contributing 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Kendall Rodriguez has added 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.
SEATTLE U VS. PACIFIC: This is the second meeting all-time between Seattle U and Pacific. These teams first met Dec. 20, 2008, in Stockton, Calif., with the Tigers holding off a Redhawk comeback to win the game, 71-65. Breanna Salley led the Redhawks with 28 points and five rebounds, while Elle Kerfoot finished with 10 points. Amber Simmons led Pacific with 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Janae Young contributed 11 points, six rebounds, and four steals. No Pacific players on the current roster played in that game.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Kacie Sowell is currently fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, hitting 61.8 percent of her field goal attempts. By hitting 85.7 percent of her free throw attempts, Ashley Ward is tied for 38th in Division I in free throw percentage, while Talisa Rhea is tied for 22nd in the country in assists per game (5.7).
THREE-POINT QUEEN: With a three-pointer in the first minute of the second half Saturday against Chicago State, Elle Kerfoot became Seattle University's all-time leader in made three-pointers, passing the previous mark of 168 set by Ashley Payne from 2003 to 2007. Kerfoot also passed Payne for second place on the all-time list for three-pointers attempted. Kerfoot needs 46 points to become the 11th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.