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PORTLAND, Ore. --- Portland's Amy Pupa had a double-double, Cassandra Brown scored a game-high 18 points and the Pilots ended the game on a 15-3 run to defeat the Seattle Redhawks 70-63 at the Chiles Center on Sunday evening. Pupa finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds, while Alexis Byrd chipped in with 15 points.
With 2:28 left to play Pilots found themselves trailing 60-55 after a three-point play by Seattle U's Kacie Sowell. But that's when the Pilots responded with some clutch steals and some timely rebounds.
A lay-up by Jasmine Wooton pulled the Pilots within three, and Pupa followed with a steal near midcourt and a break-away lay-in to make it a one-point game. A pair of free throws by Wooton, who had just rebounded a Seattle miss, pushed Portland ahead 61-60 with 1:18 remaining.
Wooton then made another steal at the other end before feeding Brown with another Portland lay-up, giving the Pilots a 63-60 advantage with less than a minute to play. Portland then forced a handful of Seattle misses and made six of seven free throws down the stretch to seal the comeback win.
Portland improves to 3-2 on the year, while the Redhawks drop to 1-4.
Brown was a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line en route to her game-high in points, while Byrd had 11 points in the first half. Wooton finished with nine points and six assists.
Seattle had four players in double figures with Taelor Ross scoring a team-best 13 points. Sowell had a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds, helping the Redhawks to a 48-40 edge on the glass.
The game was close throughout as Portland claimed the biggest lead of the night at 14-4 about eight minutes in. Seattle responded by tying the score a few minutes later and would take a 31-29 lead into the locker room at half.
The Pilots shot 37.3 percent (25-for-67) from the field, hit eight three-pointers and went 12-for-19 from the free throw line. Seattle also shot 37 percent (24-for-64), connected on five three-pointers and was 10-for-15 on free throws.
Portland committed just 12 turnovers, while forcing SU into 19 miscues.
The Pilots next return to the court when they host Columbia at the Chiles Center on Friday at 7 p.m.