REDHAWKS WIN: The Loggers are young and don’t have any scholarship players, so SU’s 87-39 win was expected. Still, the Redhawks looked impressive. Bonvicini was able to rotate players freely because she wanted to see a different lineup, not because someone was gassed or making repetitive mistakes as has been the case in the coach’s previous two seasons. And the replacements contributed, freshman G Makenna Clark being the only player not to score. Adhiambo dominated with her giddy-up and muscle inside, finishing with a game-high 18 points and 12 boards. I expected more from Rhea, who was 3 for 13 from the field for seven points and two rebounds, but it is her first competitive game in a year. Kerfoot led in assists (five) while Brown and Ward had five steals apiece. Next up for SU is the season-opener against UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Payne said her team was nervous going in, most not used to playing in a atmosphere that felt like a full house complete with cheerleaders and dancers. The Loggers have only been practicing for two weeks, too. They’ll have another two weeks to prepare for their opener at Northwest on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Riordan led the Loggers with eight points on Wednesday but her team nearly had as many turnovers (25) as points (39).
HALFTIME: The Redhawks lead 46-17 headed in the break. Bonvicini has to happy about the team sharing the ball and everyone who played scoring. Ward and Brown lead with seven points apiece. But SU has 13 assists on 18 made FGs. They’ve only turned the ball over five times and are 6 of 8 from the FT line. For some perspective, though, UPS is playing five underclassmen and doesn’t have much strength inside. The Loggers are also D-III and the Redhawks are in the final season of transition back to D-I, so you’d expect this type of differential in the score. Layland, McKinnis, and Forshay lead UPS with four points apiece. I’ll be back after the game for a final analysis, taking the second half to get started on a feature about Payne for Thursday’s paper.
RUN STOPPED: SU went on a 21-0 run to blow the game open. It was finally stopped at the free throw line. UPS Freshman wing Amanda Forshay made both FT attempts, but the Redhawks lead 39-13 with 3:44 on the clock. Payne is telling her team to “keep attacking,” noting that the Loggers are getting shots. They’re just not making them. UPS is shooting 23.8 percent from the field and is being held to four offensive boards.
MCCARTHY RETURNS: Senior F Maggie McCarthy entered the game with 7:41 remaining in the half, a comeback from a right ACL injury last year. The Redhawks are shooting 52.6 percent from the field, have forced 10 turnovers and lead 33-11 with 6:26 left in the half.
TRE BIEN: Moving the three-point shot back hasn’t slowed SU’s love of the bucket. Kerfoot, Rhea, and sophomore G Sylvia Shephard all hit threes to help the Redhawks build a 26-11 lead with 8:41 remaining in the opening half. Bonvicini is rotating players in without experience any drop-off in production, an improvement from the past, and the team continues to play solid defense.
STICKY FINGERS: Brown is playing excellent defense, anticipating the pass to collect three steals. SU has four overall, but it’s not translating in easy buckets. UPS is keeping up to slow the fast break. The Redhawks lead 11-4 with 13.52 remaining in the half, getting five points from the free throw line.
NEW LOOK: You may have noticed some new markings on the basketball court. The NCAA changed some rules, moving the women’s three-point line back to the men’s distance and inserting a semi-circle beneath the hoop to help officials distinguish charges. It’s similar to the NBA.
SPOTTED: UW is some some cross-town support. Guards Charmaine Barlow and Mercedes Wetmore are in attendance at Connolly Center. It’s a good crowd considering it’s exhibition play. UPS leads 4-2 with 17:29 remaining in the opening half.
It’s Day 2 of officially missing NBA hoops, but the local women’s scene is getting started with Seattle University on Wednesday. The Redhawks are hosting Puget Sound in a exhibition matchup at Connolly Center.
UPS features a familiar face in former Washington star and assistant coach Loree Payne. She’s beginning her second season head coaching the Loggers, going 18-8 on the Division III circuit last season. Senior Jocelyn Riordan (Shorecrest High) led UPS with 16.3 points and 4.5 boards.
Seattle U will debut a new lineup in senior Talisa Rhea joining the mix. She’s a transfer from Oregon State who became eligible this season. The Redhawks also have new adds in Brenda Adhiambo, a Kenyon transfer from Lon Morris College, and Garfield High standout Renee Dillard-Brown, who was picked as the preseason all-Independent Freshman of the Year.
SU coach Joan Bonvicini has been eager for the exhibition to see how the team is picking up schemes in practice and to begin forming rotations. The Redhawks were 8-22 last season, led by senior G Elle Kerfoot’s 13.7 points and 3.9 rebounds.
As far as exhibitions, however, Washington State was the first in the area to tip-off preseason play. The Cougars defeated Seattle Pacific 72-60 on Saturday. WSU hosts Lewis & Clark at Beasley Coliseum at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
You can checkout video from their game last week here:
But let’s get you ready for SU versus UPS with the starting lineups:
F Jocelyn Riordan
F Lindsay Layland
C Sarah Stewart
G Ashley Agcaoili
G Kelsey McKinnis
F Kacie Sowell
F Talisa Rhea
C Ashley Ward
G Daidra Brown
G Elle Kerfoot
Tonight’s officials are Bob Scofield, Michelle Russi, and Tiffany Bird.