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Even without top players, Seattle Pacific women romp to victory

Hannah Rodrigues and Maddey Pflaumer fill in well for Falcons


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You couldn’t tell Seattle Pacific’s women’s basketball team was without two key players Saturday.

That’s because freshman forward Hannah Rodrigues and sophomore Maddey Pflaumer worked themselves seamlessly into the SPU system to help defeat Point Loma Nazarene 62-28 at Brougham Pavilion.

Pflaumer, who started only once last season, was the team’s leading rebounder at halftime (eight) while Rodrigues tipped passes and set up teammates as the Falcons continued their dominance in the 13th annual Sodexo Tip-Off Classic.

SPU is undefeated in its event, improving to 26-0 overall.

“Every time Maddey has come in, she’s gotten key rebounds, made some nice passes and gotten points inside. She’s only going to get better,” SPU coach Julie Heisey said. “Hannah, Friday she played through some freshman jitters; tonight she was big. She just played really steady. Our defense changed the game.”

The Falcons played without starting senior guards Aubree Callen and Mechela Barnes. Callen suffered a head injury in the victory Friday against Montana Tech. Barnes suffered a knee injury last week. She underwent an MRI on Friday and is still being evaluated.

Without the mainstays, SPU (4-0) had an early 12-5 lead. Senior Katie Benson did most of the work, scoring eight points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field and grabbing four rebounds. Teammate Betsy Kingma later nailed back-to-back three-pointers to help increase the lead to 34-11.

The Falcons were less aggressive after the break. With Benson heavily guarded, Rodriguez’s deep three-pointer off a feed from point guard Suzanna Ohlsen revived the offense. Pflaumer later added an old-fashion three-point play to give SPU a 45-16 lead.

Benson finished with 20 points and a career-tying 17 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and 12th overall. Pflaumer added a career-high 10 rebounds and seven points.

The 28 points by the Sea Lions (1-1) on 17.5 percent shooting was the first time the Falcons held a team below 30 points since 1983. The school record for fewest points allowed is 26 in 1977.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com



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