Seattle University hasn't had many games this season as easy as Saturday night's. The Redhawks used four consecutive fast-break buckets...
Seattle University hasn’t had many games this season as easy as Saturday night’s.
The Redhawks used four consecutive fast-break buckets in the second half to quickly pull away in a 72-60 victory over San Jose State at Connolly Center.
It was the second time SU has won by double-digit points, the other coming in a 72-59 home win over Portland State Dec. 9.
“It feels good,” SU sophomore Kacie Sowell said.
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Entering Saturday, four of Seattle U’s five wins were decided by two possessions or fewer.
“In the past, we’ve let a few of our leads go,” Sowell said. “It was a focus (Saturday), having that lead and keeping it at the end there. Even just building on it as we closed out the game — that was big for us.”
SU led 35-32 at the break. It used a 19-7 run to open the second half to bury SJSU.
Redhawks senior guard Daidra Brown was a catalyst in the barrage. She picked up a steal and passed to sophomore Sylvia Shephard for the first fast-break basket with 12:35 left in the game.
Shephard mimicked the play, feeding Brown on the next break. Senior Maggie McCarthy finished the run with back-to-back fast-break layins of her own, giving SU a 54-39 lead.
The plays made the Spartans (4-11, 1-3 Western Athletic Conference) more timid, giving the Redhawks a chance to finally take advantage of their size inside. The Redhawks outscored the Spartans 28-16 in the paint in the second half.
“When we went to a zone in the second half, that’s when our runs really started to happen,” said SU coach Joan Bonvicini. “And then we were focused on getting the ball inside. We did a much better job of that.”
Sowell, the Redhawks’ 6-foot-1 center, scored 13 of her team-high 19 points in the second half. .
The Redhawks (6-6, 3-0) finished their inaugural conference weekend at home with two wins to reach .500 overall after an 0-3 start.
“What I said to the team was I’m very pleased we won our conference games at home,” Bonvicini said. “But how you really contend for a conference title is winning on the road. We won at Idaho, and this will be our first two-game series (at New Mexico State and Denver) … it will be a good challenge for us.”