REDHAWKS WIN: Kerfoot had a great rebound game after having 10 turnovers in a loss to Gonzaga. She was happy about not having any in a 62-50 win against Navy on Saturday. Dickerson was the star, finishing with a game-high 22 points and adding seven rebounds. The Redhawks played great defense, holding Myers, the leading scorer (14.2), scoreless in 36 minutes of play. The senior did have five assists and four steals, but was 11 points from tallying her 1,000-points. Bet she’s a little salty. Consedine led Navy (6-7) with 12 points, making 4 of 9 three-pointers. SU (5-11) was elated, giving a spirited cheer at halfcourt for the full-game effort. And Bonvicini surprised the players with an extra day off on Monday. The Redhawks don’t play again until Sunday at Cal State Bakersfield. Butler is expected to return to the starting line up then, suffering symptoms of a concussion and missing practice on Friday. Senior Tatiana Heck is out of the lineup for good, for now, however. Butler has been playing well inside and the move has sparked better play from Heck when she enters the game. Bonvicini did mention wanting to get freshmen Kacie Sowell more minutes, though. “So much of being good is confidence,” Bonvicini said. “I hate to use this example, but UW football, they win their last three games and they go beat Nebraska. There’s a big thing — when you go in and you’re confident and hungry, you feel good. For us, we need this (win)…Our team is really starting to gel a little bit and when you do that, your shooting percentages come up significantly and we do a really nice job defensively.”
STOP SIGN: Bonvicini wants the team to slow it down, up 10 with 2:09 remaining in the game. Navy is bricking three-pointers and not getting offensive rebounds with three SU players swooping in for boards. SU still makes errors handling the ball, but it appears this game is theirs.
RED HOT: The Redhawks are on a 10-4 run to take a 52-45 lead after a layin by freshman Sylvia Shephard. They are shooting 58.3 percent in the half and slowing down the Midshipmen with pressure defense. In fact, Navy is back to bombing three-pointers. They may have one more run, however.
FUN STRETCH: Both teams stitched together an entertaining stretch of basketball with made treys, good hustle, and nice passes. SU took the lead 42-39 with 11:51 remaining, but need to watch the turnovers to pull this game out.
NAVY LEADS: The Midshipmen opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take the lead with 17:11 remaining in the second half. Consedine nailed two more three-pointers to make the score 35-31 with 16:30 on the clock. She obviously doesn’t care what the percentage was behind the arc in the opening half.
WAVE RIDER: Navy pieced together a nice 9-2 run to pull within 26-22. Butler helped stopped the onslaught with a pretty baseline drive, getting fouled and making the ensuing FT. But a three-pointer by Condsedine helped the Midshipmen close the half only down 29-25. Navy’s shooting improved to 34.5 percent for the half. SU is shooting 50 percent from the field, led by Dickerson, who was on the bench during the run. Turnovers are a problem for both teams, combining for 19, and neither should shoot any more threes because they aren’t falling. SU is 4 of 11 from beyond the arch while Navy is 3 of 15. Geif is leading the Midshipmen with eight points on 3 for 5 shooting.
WIPE ME DOWN: Little trivia fact I didn’t get to share about Dickerson during the Gonzaga game, DKY that GU is the only D-I school in the state she hasn’t played for? It’s a dubious honor that Dickerson said she hadn’t thought of until I posed the question. I’ll be here all week folks. Anyway, the former Federal Way High School star is leading SU with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field. The Redhawks are up 24-13 with 3:36 left in the half. Most impressive, though, is that SU has eight assists on 10 made FGs.
FAST PACE: Apparently no one went out to celebrate the new year or I’ve forgotten how easy it is to bounce back from partying when you’re young because both teams are running the court with gusto. Shots are dropping for SU, which leads 24-13 with 6:06 remaining in the first half. The Redhawks are working well as a team, making the extra pass to get better looks at the basket.
EARLY LEAD: Seattle U. is up 10-5 with 14:59 remaining in the opening half. The Redhawks are shooting well, again, going 4 of 5 to start the game. They’re also pressuring Navy, forcing the Midshipmen into 2 of 8 shooting, missing five three-pointers.
Happy New Year everyone! Seattle University is back at Connolly Center to play Navy and the Midshipmen have taken over parts of the facility. The U.S. Naval Academy Parent’s Club of Washington hung a massive banner where the SU band normal sits. And there’s a “Go Navy” banner at halfcourt of the general admission section.
Navy (6-6) enters after defeating Air Force 63-62 on a pair of FTs. The Midshipmen were picked to finish third in the Patriot League. They are a solid defensive team, allowing just 55.9 points, and have good size in the post.
The Redhawks (4-11) enter after losing both games in its inaugural Holiday Hoops Classic to Loyola Marymount and Gonzaga. SU did play well in the opening half against the Zags, needing work on controlling their turnovers and rebounding.
Let’s get started with your starting lineups:
F Jade Geif
F Alix Membreno
C Cassie Consedine
G Angela Myers
G Erin Edwards
F Salena DIckerson
F Ashley Moore
C Carley Butcher
G Elle Kerfoot
G Amani Butler
Tonight’s officials are Wanda Szeremeta, Jeneane Pence, and Julie Krommenhoek.