CHICAGO — Kacie Sowell had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Seattle University women’s basketball team to an 85-58 victory over Chicago State on Thursday night in its Western Athletic Conference opener.

Seattle University took much of the suspense away in the first half and led 44-22 at halftime.

“It was a good way to start the conference season,” said Seattle U coach Joan Bonvicini.

Taelor Ross and Sylvia Shepard each scored 12 for the Redhawks (6-8), who shot a remarkable 65.2 percent from the field (32 of 65). They were 5 of 10 from three-point range.

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Tierra Williams had 15 points and five rebounds for Chicago State (2-11).

SU continues WAC play on Saturday when it plays at Missouri-Kansas City.