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Seattle University women continue their roll through the WAC

First six conference games net 6-0 mark for Redhawks

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Seattle University is getting the hang of this conference thing.

The Redhawks women's basketball team played host to another new Western Athletic Conference opponent in Texas-Arlington on Thursday and collected another victory, 69-53 at Connolly Center.

As the game ticked closer to the final buzzer, smiles grew bigger among the Seattle U players as they improved to 6-0 in conference play.

"Now that we've got our stuff together," sophomore guard Sylvia Shephard started, before stopping herself. "We still have stuff to work on. But we're doing really good right now. We've just got to keep it up."

Shephard used her keen court vision to set up passes for her teammates to orchestrate the victory. She finished with 14 points and a career-high 11 assists.

She might have had more assists if it weren't for a few scoring droughts. Seattle U went scoreless for six minutes in the second half, and that was enough for UT-Arlington (3-13, 1-5 WAC) to build some momentum.

The Mavericks closed to 49-40 on a turnaround jumper by junior center Rosalyn Thorpe off an inbound play with 8:53 left.

Yet, unlike the Redhawks' 3-6 effort in nonleague play, the team didn't freeze under this pressure.

"We play off each other," senior guard Daidra Brown said. "We have this whole team aura where we're calm and more collected, rather than frazzled and chaotic."

Shephard, who is eighth in the nation in steals, collected another one and converted it into a layin to get the Redhawks' lead back to double digits. UTA junior guard Laila Suleiman quickly responded with a three-pointer.

SU then used an 11-3 run to build its lead to 62-46.

"We were a little sloppy at times," said SU coach Joan Bonvicini, whose team committed 21 turnovers and was outscored 14-5 in second-chance opportunities.

"Our posts could have played a lot better early," Bonvicini said. "They weren't working in unison and they weren't working hard enough, so we really got on them at halftime."

Kacie Sowell scored 11 of her game-high 18 points after the break. She worked with Brenda Adihambo to combine for 21 rebounds overall.

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

SEATTLE 69, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 53

TEXAS-ARLINGTON (3-13) — Parker 4-11 1-2 9, Walker 2-6 2-2 6, Green 1-7 0-0 3, Williams 1-9 1-2 3, Suleiman 4-9 1-2 11, Cisneroz 0-1 0-0 0, Holub 0-4 0-0 0, Bruce 0-1 0-0 0, Willson 2-7 1-1 5, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Garcia 3-4 0-0 6, Thorpe 4-5 0-0 8, Nwanguma 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 22-66 6-9 53.

SEATTLE (9-6) — Ward 6-14 4-4 17, Sowell 7-11 4-4 18, Adhiambo 4-4 1-5 9, Shephard 6-15 2-7 14, Flournoy 0-0 0-0 0, Dougherty 0-0 0-0 0, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Dillard-Brown 0-0 1-2 1, Brown 4-7 0-1 8, Ross 0-1 0-0 0, Stoffel 1-1 0-0 2, McCarthy 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-55 12-23 69.

Halftime — Seattle 30-24. Three-point goals — UTA 3-16 (Parker 0-1, Green 1-5, Williams 0-1, Suleiman 2-5, Holub 0-1, Willson 0-3), Seattle 1-14 (Ward 1-6, Shephard 0-6, McCarthy 0-2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — UTA 37 (Parker, Wilson 7), Seattle 42 (Sowell 11). Assists — UTA 7 (Willson 3), Seattle 22 (Shephard 11). Total fouls — UTA 20, Seattle 10. A — 378.

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