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Updated Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Seattle University women run home winning streak to seven games

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Seattle University fought off a late run by New Mexico State to extend its home winning streak to seven games, defeating the Aggies, 78-62, in a Western Athletic Conference women's game Saturday at Connolly Center.

As this game was also the Play 4Kay Game, the team also raised over $2000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

"Any time you're up big, the other team should make some kind of run, and they did," said Redhawks coach Joan Bonvicini. "But we made some adjustments defensively, and that's really what gave us the big lead back again. It was just us buckling down defensively and identifying their shooters."

Tied at 6-6, Seattle U (13-9, 10-3) went on a 17-0 run to lead by as many as 17, 23-6, at 7:01, with significant contributions by Sylvia Shephard and Taelor Ross.

A free throw by Kelsie Rozendaal and a layup by Stefanie Gilbreath dropped the SU lead to 14, but the Redhawks followed with a 13-3 run to lead by as many as 24, 36-12, with 1:08 left in the first half. The teams traded free throws and Seattle U led 38-15 going into halftime.

The Redhawks led by more than 15 points for the first 4 ½ minutes of the second half, but the Aggies (9-14, 3-10) pulled to 44-32, at 15:08 following an 11-2 run. NMSU reduced the deficit to as few as eight two different times near the 10-minute mark, but adjustments by the Redhawks kept the Aggies at bay.

Seattle U extended its lead to as many as 22 three more times in the final two minutes of the game.

Shephard led all players with 21 points and was 9 of 10 from the field. Three other Redhawks scored in double figures, including Kacie Sowell with 17 points, Daidra Brown with 13 and Ashley Ward with 10.

Ross grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.

"Sylvia did well, she had an unbelievable shooting percentage and still rebounded," said Bonvicini. "She's just solid and she's really starting to put things together."

Stefanie Gilbreath led the Aggies with 15 points, with Danesia Williamson (13) and Sasha Weber (12) also scoring in double figures.

The Redhawks outrebounded NMSU 35-31, also leading in assists, 20-9. Seattle U shot 56.9 percent from the field (29 for 51), as well as 66.7 percent from behind the three-point line (4 for 6) and made 16 of 19 free throws.

The Aggies shot just 30 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from behind the three-point line.

Seattle U this week plays at Louisiana Tech on Thursday and UT Arlington on Saturday.

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY 78,

NEW MEXICO STATE 62

New Mexico State (9-14, 3-10) Rozendaal 2-6 2-4 8; Weber 3-13 4-6 12; Williamson 3-9 6-8 13; Gilbreath 6-16 0-0 15; Rosen 1-5 2-2 4; Magazzeni 0-0 0-0 0; Nelson 1-5 0-0 3; Rutledge 0-1 1-2 1; Scott 2-5 0-0 6; Holguin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-60 15-22 62.

Seattle University (13-9, 10-3) Ward 4-8 2-2 10; McCarthy 1-2 2-2 5; Sowell 7-11 3-3 17; Adhiambo 1-2 1-2 3; Shephard 9-10 0-0 21; Dougherty 1-1 0-0 2; Clark 0-0 0-0 0; Perez 0-1 0-0 0; Flournoy 0-0 0-0 0; Dillard-Brown 0-1 0-0 0; Brown 3-4 7-8 13; Ross 3-11 1-2 7; Stoffel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-51 16-19 78.

Halftime- SU 38, NMST 15. Three-point goals-MNST 11-36 (Gilbreath 3-9), SU 4-6 (Shephard 3-4). Fouled out- MNST- None, SU- None. Rebounds- MNST 31 (Rosen 7), SU 31 (Sowell 9). Assists- NMST 9 (Weber 4), SU 20 (Ward 6). Total fouls- NMST 17, SU 18. A-478.


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