The Seattle University women’s basketball team didn’t have the kind of season it wanted, but it sure had the end to the season it wanted.
In one of their best games of the season, the Redhawks dominated Longwood University in every respect and defeated the Lancers 87-66 on the final day of the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament, and the final day of the season for SU.
Seattle University finishes the season 8-22.
“This was a great way to end the season,” Seattle coach Joan Bonvicini said. “It was a great team victory and the thing I am most proud of is the team played really hard. This was our third game in three days and I thought our seniors played really well to conclude their careers.”
The game did not start well for SU as Longwood made three 3-pointers in the first two minutes to lead 9-2. But the Redhawks rallied to go on a 19-0 run, including back-to-back buckets by seniors Tatiana Heck and Salena Dickerson that gave Seattle the lead for good. Dickerson later scored six-straight points in the run to make it 21-9 before Longwood finally scored again. The Lancers closed to within 25-20 before Elle Kerfoot scored five points in a row in a 7-0 Redhawk run. Ashley Ward made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Seattle a 38-29 lead but Longwood closed the half strong to trail by just 5 at the break.
But Julee Christianson opened the second half with a 3-pointer for Seattle University and six-straight points by Dickerson later gave SU a 53-39 lead. Kerfoot made back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Redhawks a 61-43 advantage and the lead continued to grow.
Kerfoot was again the standout for Seattle, reaching double figures in points with a career-high 25, the 14th game in a row she reached double figures. She added seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Dickerson nearly matched Kerfoot with 22 points and Ward added 10 points for the Redhawks, who shot 47.6 percent and outscored Longwood 17-6 from the foul line. Seattle also outrebounded the Lancers and forced 20 turnovers.
“Elle is just a baller,” Bonvicini said. “She really has been consistent getting her game to another level.”
Brian White scored 18 points and Chelsea Coward scored 11 for Longwood (7-23).
Seattle U loses Dickerson, Heck and Christianson to graduation but welcomes a solid recruiting class including a pair of experienced veterans in Oregon State transfer Talisa Rhea and Portland State transfer Nichole Jackson, who both sat out this season after transferring.