November 24, 2012

Pioneers Lose Close Battle to Seattle 74-70

Seattle, Wa. (November 24, 2012)— Seattle University used a late 11-4 run and held off a Sacred Heart rally in the closing seconds to come away with a 74-70 win in the championship game of the Washington Dental Thanksgiving Tournament.  Morgan Merriman (Seattle, Wa.) and Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) were named to the All-Tournament team.

Junior Blair Koniszewski's hit a pair of three's in the closing seconds to finish with a career-high 19 points for the Pioneers in the loss.

Seattle won the tip, but Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) intercepted a pass and notched the first points of the game on a fast break, her first of 18. The Redhawks tied the score three times, but never took the lead until the 12:18 mark as Brenda Adhiambo got a put back to put Seattle up 14-13.

Just over a minute later, Norman, who shot an impressive 63.6% from the field on the night, landed a trey from the top of the key to give SHU back the lead and kick off a 10-1 Pioneer run that put them up 23-16. 

With 6:50 left in the first half, Kiley Evans's (Cazenovia, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game, 30-20. Seattle chipped away, but was never able to catch SHU, who went into halftime leading 36-32. 

Washington had the first points of the second half with two from the charity stripe, but the Redhawks answered with a six-point run to put them within two. Trailing for most of the half, Seattle took its first lead in the second half with six minutes left to play, but it was short lived as the teams exchanged points for the next two minutes. 

With 3:17 left, Adhiambo and Tournament MVP Sylvia Shephard put up back-to-back layups to give Seattle a 63-60 lead.  A Kacie Sowell three-point play and a Daiedra Brown lay-in gave the Redhawks a 70-64 lead with 31 seconds left.

Sacred Heart hung close, as Koniszewski hit a pair of triples but Seattle went four-of-four at the free throw line to put the game away in the closing seconds.

Four Pioneers finished with double-digit scoring. In addition to Koniszewski's 19 and Norman's 18, Evans totaled 14 and Washington 10. 

Sacred Heart returns home to play Colgate on Saturday, December 1st at 1:00 p.m.