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February 12, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Senior Night Thread: Cal State Bakersfield at Seattle U.

REDHAWKS LOSE: The techs gave Seattle U. momentum, but players and Bonvicini spoke of something breaking around the 4-minute mark, allowing the Roadrunners to use made FTs and transition buckets off turnovers to seal a 77-71 win. Actually Bonviicini said the Roadrunners “stole” the game. SU ends its schedule on the road, playing five games. For the seniors, it was an emotional night. Bonvicini couldn’t compose herself enough to speak about her seniors, becoming most overwhelmed when speaking of Salley, who the coach never led in a regulation game. Many have and will questioned the suspension, but Salley is regarded by teammates as a solid person who made a youthful mistake. Heck was another emotional speaker, serving as a co-captain and becoming a better leader, according to Bonvicini. Heck finished with 11 boards. Dickerson had 15 points and nine rebounds while Christianson added four points. Kerfoot led all of her teammates with 18 points and eight assists. F Carley Butcher left the game early, suffering a hyper-extended left knee. She is questionable.
EJECTED: CSU Bakersfield coach Tim La Kose was ejected, stomping while screaming an expletive directly over the head of an official. She immediately called two technical fouls on La Kose, who had to be held back by assistant coach Greg McCall as Mandi Carver called the team into a huddle. It didn’t appear as if the officials missed a call. SU is up 60-56 after Kerfoot made the ensuing four FTs. (CSUB’s bench also was called for two techs).
RED HOT: The Redhawks are back on a roll, exiting the halftime with a 15-6 run to tie the score at 45 points apiece with 14:30 remaining. Seniors Dickerson and Heck have been a force , getting offensive help from Amani Butler. The key has been Heck helping to grab rebounds to make CSUB’s trips down court one-and-done.
WHAT’S NEXT?: So, yes, Bonvicini is losing some good talent, but she’s got some solid athletes transferring into the program, too. F Talisa Rhea starred for Oregon State before after the debacle summer of 2010, averaging a team-leading 15.3 points and 3.6 rebounds as a junior. She’ll be a redshirt senior next season. G Nichole Jackson won back-to-back state championships at Auburn Riverside High, opting to attend Portland State. She transferred last winter and will be eligible in December 2011. With the talent returning and recruits, SU could be back to its 20-win tradition, only as D-I.
#WORDAAPP: Seattle U. band gets major props for playing Cameo’s hit “Word Up.” Way to bring it back, y’all.
HALFTIME: Dickerson got a three-pointer to drop with 34 seconds remaining in the opening half to make the score 39-30 at the break. But her team was 2-for-10 from the range in the half, part of the reasoning the Redhawks are down. SU also gave up 12 points off nine turnovers in the half. Dickerson leads her team with 12 points and four boards, getting some feeds from Kerfoot, who has six assists. Leon has nine points and five rebounds for Cal State Bakersfield while teammate Herman has nine points and three assists. The Roadrunners are 6-for-15 from three-point range.
TRE BAD: SU is 1 of 9 from three-point range after a miss by Ward. Might want to get back into the offensive sets, again. Meanwhile Leon nailed a trey for her team, making the score 39-27 Roadrunners.
ROADKILL: SU is getting good movement on offense and even some nice second-chance points by Dickerson, Christianson, and Heck. But the zone isn’t stopping anything as the Roadrunners cut through lanes for buckets. CSUB is up 34-25 with 3:35 remaining, led by Herman’s nine points.
SPOTTED: Former Washington standout Kayla Burt is seated with friends, supporting SU and former teammate Kristen O’Neill. CSUB is up 25-17 with 7:05 remaining in the opening half. The Roadrunners are getting points from three-point range and making their FTs.
ROAD BLOCK: The Redhawks are getting their offense clicking by turning defensive rebounds into points. A layin by Dickerson under the hoop cut the SU deficit to 14-11 with 12:19 remaining in the opening half. SU is shooting 55.6 percent from the field and outrebounding CSUB 9-6 overall.
Seattle University adorned the bleachers with red and black balloons to celebrate “Senior Night.” The Redhawks are graduating four players in June — C Tatiana Heck (criminal justice) and forwards Julee Christianson (journalism), Salena Dickerson (psychology), and Breanna Salley (liberal studies). Salley is ineligible to play, however.

As part of the festivities, the student-athletes will hand game balls to their favorite faculty members and after the game all of the players with be recognized. Coach Joan Bonvicini is starting the three eligible players, Heck getting the nod with solid play off the bench after starting the opening 13 games.
For the seniors, the night isn’t solely a good-bye to their college careers. Seattle U. won its past two games, setting up a chance for its first three-game win streak under Bonvicini. The program is in its second season transitioning back to Division-I and the seniors want to help plant SU on the map.
“In this last stretch of the season, I feel we’re finally showing people that it is possible for Seattle U. to be a good athletic program,” Heck said.
SU (7-17) lost to Cal State Bakersfield 81-65 on the road. But the Roadrunners (14-11) are without second-leading scorer Britney McGee, who is out with a left knee injury. McGee, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 12.2 points before the injury.
We’ll see if that creates an advantage for the Redhawks. Let’s get you started with the starting lineups:
F Breana Fields
F Kristine Herman
C Jana Smith
G Amber Williams
G Nikki Leon
F Salena Dickerson
F Ashley Ward
C Tatiana Heck
G Elle Kerfoot
G Julee Christianson
Tonight’s officials are Bethany Graves, Shelly Wingard, and Renee Robinson.



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