SEATTLE LOSES: True, Bowling Green is a well-coached, talented team, but it seemed SU had its chances to make the final 71-51 score a little more respectable. The Redhawks didn’t have a flow offensively and the quick pace worked against them as they gave up 25 points on 22 turnovers. Brown led with six while Kerfoot had four. SU did look good in its rebounding game, winning that category 40-37 against the Falcons. And SU held top-scorers Prochaska and Pontius below their averages. The duo was a combined 2-for-16 from the field. But Uhl had their back, shooting 7 of 11 from the field for a game-high 17 points and 10 boards. Kerfoot led the Redhawks with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Bonvicini said freshman Kacie Sowell had a tender ankle, limiting her play to 21 minutes. The guards struggled to get the ball inside anyway with Heck (2-for-7) and Carley Butcher (1-for-3) having off nights. “We have to go back to fundamentals,” Bonvicini said. “When you get the ball inside, you have to have a post presence. They (Bowling Green) are a good team. They exposed some things with us and we have a lot to work on still. I like that we battled the entire time.” But SU knows it needs work on its offense. Getting the feel of what it’s like when it clicks from Friday is going to go a long way. The Redhawks won’t always play NCAA tourney teams and should find success down the line. So, its a good second-place finish at the Thanksgiving Tournament. And Kerfoot takes away an extra perk in being named to the all-tournament team with Pontius, Rolfe, Steffen, and Prochaska as MVP. “It’s an honor,” Kerfoot said of making the team. “There were a couple of other people who played really well on our team as well.”
CHECK THAT: SU F Julee Christianson checked in and popped a three-pointer to seemingly give the Redhawks life. But despite her inspired play (including a block later), Bowling Green is using the three-pointer to keep SU buried. BGSU is up 61-44 with 4:38 remaining in the game.
BENCH PLAY: SU is down 56-36, not getting much help off the bench. The Falcons reserves are outscoring the Redhawks bench 21-8. SU still owns the boards 36-28, but not getting many second-chance shot points (nine).
GOOD FOOT: Kerfoot had a personal 6-0 run to close within 40-28, but BGSU simply nailed another three-pointer — this one by Kelly Zuercher — to zap the momentum. Bowling Green is 6 of 18 from three-point range in the game.
SAME STORY: The Falcons are off to a 4-0 run to open the second half, capitalizing off SU turnovers to help build the 40-22 lead. Amazingly BGSU coach Curt Miller is finding plenty to scream about from the bench. There’s 16:49 left in the game.
THE STATS: Yep, turnovers are causing a problem for the Redhawks. They’ve given up nine points on 10 turnovers. Meanwhile BGSU only has four miscues and hasn’t allowed SU to score a single point off them. But Seattle U. is leading in rebounding 19-15. SU is down 28-20 with 2:12 on the clock.
SLIPPERY HANDS: The Redhawks are racking up the turnovers due to passes slipping through their hands. Saving them is pressure defense and good rebounding. A putback by Heck made the score 26-18.
SPOTTED: Storm color commentator Adia Barnes, a former player for Bonvicini at Arizona, and former Storm development coach Chris Brown are in attendance. Former Seattle U. PG Cassidy Murillo is also cheering in the crowd. SU is down 24-16 with 6:14 remaining in the half.
MINI RUN: Kerfoot stopped a 10-0 run by the Falcons with a three-pointer to close within 18-11 with 8:58 on the clock. Bowling Green is better than TSA, getting a check on every pass and dribble Seattle U. makes.
PUSHING BACK: Uh, Bowling Green can hang with the running and you’re not going to intimidate them with a little pushing either. SU is getting scrappy with the Falcons and it’s leading to a messy game, but entertaining since neither team is wilting under the pressure. Bowling Green leads10-8 with 11:45 remaining in the half. SU is shooting 2-for-12 from the field, but hitting the boards to own that 11-9. BGSU is 4-for-13 from the field.
FOR THREE: Three-pointers by Kerfoot and Dickerson have helped the Redhawks pull ahead 8-7 after a slightly rocky start that could have gotten ugly if it weren’t for some good defense. There’s 14:53 remaining in the opening half.
Day 2 of Seattle University’s Thanksgiving Tournament is just as wild as the first. Arkansas-Little Rock staved off a late rally by projected winner Montana State to win the consolation game 51-48.
The Bobcats had an open look underneath in the waning seconds and a three-point attempt by Sarah Balian at the buzzer that could have sent the game into overtime, but both missed. The former forcing MSU to foul where the Trojans increased a one-point lead.
G Asriel Rolfe led UALR with 13 points and two steals while Balian had 13 points and six board for her team.
SU coach Joan Bonvicini changed the format of the holiday games, so there will be a champion for the first time in the series history. And that could either be the Redhawks (1-4) or the Falcons (5-1).
Bowling Green looks dangerous with its size and three-point shooters in Lauren Prochaska and Tracy Pontius. Prochaska is also a solid rebounder and sets up her teammates well in the half court.
Seattle U. could use another hot shooting performance like it had on Friday, hitting 51.7 percent of its shots in the second half to defeat Montana State. Everyone got into the action, Bonvicini getting scoring from nine different players.
The Redhawks still need work on rebounding and have lapses in their play. If that can be cleaned up on Saturday, they’ll have a real holiday treat — the team’s first back-to-back wins since February.
Let’s get it started with your starting lineups:
F Lauren Prochaska
F Jen Uhl
C Maggie Hennegan
G Tracy Pontius
G Chrissy Steffen
F Salena Dickerson
F Tatiana Heck
C Kacie Sowell
G Elle Kerfoot
G Daidra Brown
Tonight’s officials are Bob Scofield, John Weeks, and Lisa Oberstar.