PORTLAND – After a close first quarter, the Vikings went without a field goal in the second, as the Seattle Redhawks built up a lead that the Vikings could not overcome. Portland State made a push in the fourth but, Seattle won the game 85-64 Tuesday night at the Peter W. Stott Center.
Freshman guard Corey James posted her fourth double-digit scoring performance of the season with a team-high 16 points. James did most of of her damage at the free-throw line, going 9-for-10. She also added six rebounds and three steals in the contest.
Freshman guard Kian McNair added 13 points in the game while Michaela Kay added 11. It was also the fourth double-digit scoring game for both McNair and Kay. Freshman forward Pia Jurhar pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Vikings. She also added a pair of blocks.
The Vikings had another good rebounding night, pulling down 51 boards as a team. They tallied 27 defensive rebounds and team season-high 24 offensive boards. The Vikings have recorded 20-plus offensive rebounds three times this season, including each of the last two games.
After Portland State hit the opening basket Seattle went on a 10-0 run to take a 10-2 lead. Kay ended the run with a three-pointer from the top of the arc to make it 10-5 Redhawks. Kay hit another jumper from the top of the zone to pull the Vikings within three.
After a Redhawks basket, Danah Haley was fouled in the paint and hit a pair of free throws. Haley then blocked the ball out of bounds on Seattle’s next possession. Two-straight steals led to a pair of fast break baskets for the Vikings, which put them up 13-12. The teams traded baskets before Bree Shepard tied the game at 16-16 with a free throw.
A tough rebound and put-back by Haley put the Vikings up 18-16. James jumped into the Seattle passing lane and tied the ball up, giving possession to the Vikings. The Vikings swung the ball to the corner on their next possession down the court where Kay hit her second three-pointer to put the Vikings up 21-16 on a 6-0 run.
After Seattle tied the game at 22-22, Ashley Torres Negron knocked down the Vikings’ third three-pointer of the opening quarter to go up 25-22. The Redhawks hit a jumper at the buzzer to pull within one at 25-24 at the end of the first.
Kay led the Vikings with eight points, going 3-for-3 from the floor with two three pointers, in the quarter. Both teams shot well as the Redhawks shot 50.0 percent from the floor compared to the Vikings 47.1 percent.
After shooting well in the first, the Vikings went cold from the floor in the second. Torres Negron’s three pointer at the end of the first would be the last field goal the Vikings would hit for the rest of the half as they were outscored 22-2 in the second quarter after going 0-for-17.
Despite the cold shooting, the Vikings continued to attack the basket throughout the first half, but could not get the calls around the basket. The Redhawks extended their advantage and took a 46-27 lead at the half.
James hit a three pointer from the top of the arc to end the Vikings field goal drought early in the third quarter. They went without a basket for over 13 minutes while the Redhawks went on a 24-4 run to go up 46-29.
The Vikings pressured Seattle through much of the second half and were able to outscore the Redhawks, 24-15, in the fourth quarter but their deficit was too much to overcome and they fell 85-64.
Seattle had three players in double-figures led by Tal Sahar’s 21 points. Seattle improved to 5-5 on the season with the win while the Vikings fell to 1-8.
Portland State has a quick turnaround and a tough matchup in their next contest. The Vikings head to Eugene, Ore. to take on the Oregon Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, Dec. 17. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. Oregon improved to 9-0 on the season with a 95-81 win over UC Riverside Tuesday night.
NOTES: Portland State started Pia Jurhar, Kian McNair, Cici West, Corey James, and Michaela Kay for the fourth straight game … Michaela Kay, Corey James, and Kian McNair each posted their fourth double-digit scoring performance for the season … Pia Jurhar posted her third double-digit rebounding performance of the season.