SPU leads all game long

The Falcons defeated George Fox with a 48.4 percent accuracy

Seattle Pacific University’s women’s basketball squad controlled the pace of the exhibition game against George Fox University this past Saturday in Royal Brougham Pavilion.

The Falcons led the game from start to finish with a final score of 71-56.

In the first quarter alone, SPU led over the NCAA Division III Bruins 21-12.

Leading the victory was guard Jordan McPhee with 17 points and four assists. Close behind was teammate guard Lindsay Lee with 14 points.

Lee was 100 percent from behind the arc for the night, making both of her attempted three point shots.

Center Carly Rataushk had 10 points and six rebounds for the Falcons. Adding an additional eight points was center Julia Haining.

Guard Rachel Shim dished out four assists accompanied by five points and four rebounds.

Teammate forward Erica Pagano contributed eight points and five rebounds to add to the Falcon’s win.

SPU shot 48.4 percent as a team for the game, hitting an impressive 31 of 64 shots. The Falcons held George Fox at a only 34 percent shot rate.

“As a team, we played great defense, shut them down, and forced 21 turnovers,” said guard Rachel Berg.

“They wanted to drive to the basket, but we were prepared for it and kept them out of the key. On offense, we shot really well from the perimeter.”

Alumni Suzanna Ohlsen, the new assistant coach for the Falcons, said, “We saw a lot of good things on Saturday, which we are going to build upon in the next few weeks before conference games start up. For the most part, we were able to dictate the game with our defense, getting steals and converting those steals to points on the other end of the floor in transition.”

As the basketball season starts to get into full swing, the Falcons are looking to accomplish big goals this season.

“The goal for the team is to be GNAC (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) champions and to get as far in the tournament as we can,” said Berg.

Although, such lofty goals come with great preparation.

“In order to make it to the NCAA tourney, our coaches make sure we focus on the little things that separate us from other teams.

So, in practice we work a lot on defense, boxing out, setting good screens, etc. Every day we play hard in practice, so when we get to games, we control the tempo,” said Lee.

The regular season for the Falcons begins this coming Friday against Humboldt State in the Fresno Pacific West Region Classic.

The Falcons will then face Fresno Pacific on Saturday.

“After getting our toes wet this Saturday, we are even more excited to see the girls in action in California this week for our season opener tournament against Humboldt and Fresno Pacific,” said Ohlsen

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