SEATTLE, Wash. – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) women’s basketball team extended its win streak to five straight games with a 74-70 overtime win over Seattle University on Thursday at Redhawk Center.
The five-game win streak is the longest of the season and the longest since the 2016-17 season when UTRGV put together a seven-game win streak from Dec. 17 to Jan. 7.
UTRGV (14-10, 8-3 WAC) had five in double-figure scoring with redshirt senior Madison Northcutt leading the way with 17 points while adding six rebounds. Senior Idil Türk scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. Senior Quynne Huggins recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Krisynthia Sampson and junior Megan Johnson each added 10 points each.
Joana Alves paced Seattle U (1-22, 1-9 WAC) with 22 points and nine rebounds. Kamira Sanders scored 16 points with six rebounds and Courtney Murphy added 15 points on 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.
UTRGV held the lead throughout overtime as Johnson got the scoring started with a layup. Later, Huggins made a pair of free throws that pushed UTRGV’s lead to 66-62 with 2:04 left to play. Murphy hit a three-pointer to cut UTRGV’s lead to one but Johnson answered with a jumper to push the lead to 68-65 with 1:20 left in overtime.
Seattle U got within one yet again with a jumper from Sanders but redshirt sophomore Amara Graham and senior Nichele Hyman each made a couple of free throws to put the game out of reach.
Much of the game was a back-and-forth contest either team had a bigger lead than five points in the opening quarter. A couple of free throws from Graham gave UTRGV the 7-2 lead with 6:12 left in the first. Seattle U strung together an 12-4 run as they took the 13-11 into the second quarter.
Sampson opened the quarter with a three-pointer giving UTRGV the 14-13 lead but the quarter would prove to be close on both sides as there were 10 lead changes. A three-pointer by Carla Bieg gave Seattle U its biggest lead of the quarter at 22-19. Later in the second, back-to-back layups by Northcutt gave UTRGV the 29-26 lead with 45 seconds left in the half.
UTRGV saw its lead slip away early in the third quarter as a three-pointer by Murphy and a layup by Madeline Dopplick gave Seattle U the 33-31 lead. UTRGV then answered with a 6-0 run to regain the lead behind layups from Johnson, Huggins, and Northcutt. Later in the third, UTRGV took its biggest lead of the quarter a layup and three-pointer from Turk but a 7-0 run by Seattle U gave them the 44-43 lead to end the quarter.
In the fourth, Seattle U held the 49-47 lead after a free throw by Sanders but UTRGV went on a 11-2 run to give them their biggest lead of the night at 60-51 but Seattle clawed their way back in it to tie the game at the end of regulation to set up overtime.
UTRGV will be back in action on Saturday when it visits Utah Valley University at 4 p.m.