REDHAWKS LOSE: There was a free party after the game, but SU probably won’t be the life of the action. They lost 71-49 in their debut under Bonvicini. The Redhawks committed 28 turnovers and allowed the Aggies to attempt 20 three-pointers. They won’t win many, make that any D-I games that way. Heintz led her team with a career-high 21 points while Brown led SU with 13 and McCarthy added 12. Bonvicini set up the postgame media interview room, “I do everything,” she said before going into a litany of things the Redhawks can improve on to win. She thought the team lack confidence to start, which was hard to tell from the get-go, and may alter her rotations. SU plays Saturday night, so I doubt she pulls the trigger that fast. But redshirt freshman Carley Butcher was a boost off the bench, going 3-for-6 from the field for six points and three boards in 26 minutes. SU’s problems are easily corrected. Hitting FTs just takes practice and grabbing rebounds just takes aggressiveness. Defending threes? Sometimes a team is just hot and on Friday, the Aggies were.
MORE ENERGY: It’s not changing the outcome, but the Redhawks returned to fighting aggressively on defense and did string together an 11-0 run. They trail 60-36 with 6:20 remaining in the matchup.
SET THE TONE: Simpson belted “Set the tone!” to his players. Uh, thought they were. But back-to-back SU baskets forced him to call a timeout to talk things over. UC Davis still leads 49-23 with 13:05 remaining.
BIGGER DROUGHT: UC Davis is on a 16-0 run to open the second half. SU can’t control the ball and isn’t hitting the few shots they do get. The Aggies are getting scary, screaming on the bench during timeouts. I think they want more blood. They lead 49-19 with 15:07 remaining.
SLOPPY DECISION: Murillo had the ball with about 44 seconds remaining in the half and should have tried to get a good shot with the Redhawks down 31-19. Instead she shot a quick three and the Aggies got the rebound, racing down-court for a layin by Riecks with 12.3 seconds left. Seattle U is down 33-19 at the break. They trail the rebounding battle 16-16 and shot 32 percent from the field. The Redhawks have 12 turnovers, forcing 11. McCarthy and Murillo each of five points while Riecks leads the Aggies with 14 on 5-for-8 shooting.
DROUGHT ENDED: The Redhawks went six minutes without a bucket. Heck ended the drought with a rebound putback to make the score 28-18. Three-pointers are killing SU. UC Davis has made 6 of 8 attempts and is shooting 55 percent from the field overall. SU is 7-for-20 — 2-for-11 from three-point land.
TIME!: Bonvicini called another quick timeout after the Aggies moved the ball around well, again, for an open three-pointer. The shot helped build their largest lead of the game at 23-16 with 6:09 remaining. The Redhawks starting to look a little tired and frustrated at not being able to answer on offense.
SPOTTED: The Storm is in the house. Co-owner Lisa Brummel is seated among the season-ticket holders.
GUARD HER: Seattle U is missing some defensive assignments now, allowing Riecks to hit 3-for-3 from three point range. The Aggies are up 17-11 with 10:46 remaining in the first half. Both teams are shooting 50 percent from the field overall.
BETTER THAN KNICKS: Good thing I write because I would be passed out with the pace of this game. Q McCall at Swish Appeal mentioned that it was better than the New York Knicks loss to the Golden State Warriors tonight. Although I groaned (he’s a Warriors fan and I’m not). I had to agree. There’s good ball movement and both teams are supper active on defense. UC Davis leads 8-7 with 13:50 remaining in the opening half.
Seattle University transfer Amani Butler is doing the stanky leg while her teammates warm-up, so it must be time for the debut of the 2009-10 season.
The Redhawks welcome UC Davis in their first complete season as a Division-I program under first-year coach Joan Bonvicini. She’s returning to the sideline after a year out of the game, last coaching at Arizona.
But Bonvicini told SU athletic director Bill Hogan that her return was “like ridding a bicycle. You never forget. It’s so good to be coaching again.”
The Aggies, members of the Big West, are actually tipping off their third season in D-I. UC Davis was 11-18 last season and is in its 13 season under coach Sandy Simpson.
We’re a little behind, so let’s get right to your starting lineups:
F Haylee Donaghe
F Heidi Heintz
C Kasey Riecks
G Paige Mintun
G Hana Asano
F Ashley Brown
F Maggie McCarthy
C Tatiana Heck
G Cassidy Murillo
G Kourtney Parks
Tonight’s officials are Kevin Slorey, Taryn Reynolds, and Laura Sundheim