Women’s Hoops Suffer First-Ever WAC Loss

The Seattle University women’s basketball team headed into this week 7-0 in WAC play. A road swing took them to Texas-San Antonio and Texas State with the chance to stretch their lead at the top of the conference over Utah State and Idaho.

The first game of the week against Texas-San Antonio saw the end of the streak when the women fell 65-55, marking their first loss in WAC play and the first loss since Dec. 20. Forward Kacie Sowell notched another double-double for the Hawks with 18 points and 11 boards, her 11th of the season, which ranks her 15th in the nation for most double-doubles. Point guard Daidra Brown kicked in 16 points of her own, as well as four assists. Guard Sylvia Shephard rounded out the Redhawks in double figures with 10 points.

Turnovers plagued the Redhawks, giving the ball away 26 times to 14 for UTSA, amounting to a difference in the shot count of 14, UTSA getting off 58 to the Redhawks 44.

The Redhawks didn’t take long to turn it around though, getting back on the winning side of the ball in their next game against Texas-State on Saturday, winning 70-58 behind 24 points from Shephard. In addition to leading the Redhawks in points, Shephard grabbed eight rebounds and notched four assists.

Sowell poured in 17 points of her own, along with six rebounds, and forward Brenda Adhiambo finished with 14 points as well as 12 rebounds, for her second career double-double. The Redhawks shot 50 percent from the field, as well as 93 percent from the free throw line, one of their best performances of the season.

The win over Texas-State kept the Redhawks in first place in the WAC, sitting one game ahead of Utah State, heading into their clash on Jan. 2. Next action for the women is at San Jose State on Jan. 31, and then at second place Utah State on Feb. 2, the last of their four game road swing. A win over Utah State can put the Redhawks in the driver’s seat for the rest of the WAC season, allowing them a chance at the first seed for the
WAC tournament.

Kevin may be reached at kdunham@su-spectator.com

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