Seattle controlled the game for much of the first half until a Washington rally before halftime proved to be the point spread that gave Seattle its second consecutive loss.
Rhea led all players with nine rebounds and six assists, but managed just six points in 37 minutes.
Ashley Ward led the Redhawks with a career-high 16 points, 11 of which came in the first half. She also grabbed three defensive boards and had a steal in 33 minutes of work.
Mercedes Wetmore led the Huskies with 16 points and Mackenzie Argens added nine rebounds.
The Redhawks held the Huskies off by at least a possession until the 4:45-minute mark, when Marjorie Heard evened the game 27-all, amidst a 13-0 UW run.
The Huskies late first half run proved to be the catalyst in their victory, as it provided Washington with momentum that they managed to carry through into the second half.
“I think we were forcing shots instead of letting the game come to us,” said head coach Joan Bonvicini on Washington’s first half scoring run. “It’s hard when you are down and (UW) did a good job mixing things up and going to a lot of different players. I think that they showed their depth too.”
After going into the break down, 36-29, Washington opened up the second half with an 8-2 run. The Redhawks cut it to a 44-33 game at 15:04 but Washington (1-1) maintained their distance and double figure advantage.
Elle Kerfoot and Kacie Sowell scored 11 points apiece for Seattle. In the game, UW shot 45.5 percent (25-for-55) from the field to SU’s 32.8 percent (21-for-64). In the first half, the Redhawks shot 44.0 percent (11-for-25) from the field and were a perfect 5-for-5 from the stripe.
The Huskies bench held the scoring advantage, tallying 32 points to SU’s nine.
“I think we are a better team than what we showed tonight,” continued Bonvicini. “This is a learning experience. We learn from this, we regroup, come back and have a good practice Friday, and protect our house on Saturday. This is one game that we lost and we learn from it and just get better.”
The Redhawks (1-2) next host San Diego in game one of the Seattle U. basketball doubleheader on Saturday at Key Arena. Tipoff is slated for 12:15 p.m., prior to the men’s basketball game versus San Francisco at 3:10 p.m.