SEATTLE (Nov. 26) – Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 94-64, to #13 Washington Saturday afternoon. Kaylee Best led the Redhawks with 21 points in the non-conference game at the Connolly Complex.
Facing the 2016 NCAA Final Four team, the Redhawks (1-5), especially the senior class, were undaunted. Showing strong floor balance and stellar shooting, SU gave UW (5-1) all it could handle in the first twenty minutes of action.
Alexis Montgomery drained a three-pointer on SU’s opening possession, and then Claire Metoyer sank a trey a minute later. Best made a jumper and Wilma Afunugo scored inside, giving Seattle U a 10-9 edge with 5:12 left in the first period.
After a Huskies’ hoop, Afunugo scored again. With 2:44 left to go in the opener, Jacinta Beckley sank a triple, tying the contest at 15. UW converted a three-point play, but Beckley hit a lay-in in the final minute, as the Redhawks finished the period down just one at 18-17.
Best started second-quarter scoring with another three, putting SU ahead 20-18. The visitors grabbed a 25-20 lead, but Metoyer nailed a trey to trim the deficit. After a UW three, Montgomery hit a triple of her own. Metoyer’s long two kept the Redhawks close as the half continued. Best eventually claimed a steal and made a jump shot. Following a UW foul shot, Montgomery poured in a jumper, getting the hosts within two. Kelsey Plum answered with a three for the Huskies, but Best came back with a three-pointer to keep pace.
Best, a senior from Seattle, canned another jump shot at the 2:28 mark, making it 39-37. Washington took an eight-point lead, but Kamira Sanders nailed a trey with 21 seconds to play, sending the Redhawks into the half trailing, 45-40. Seattle U shot 50 percent from the field and made 8-13 three-point tries in the half.
In the third period, the Huskies began to pull away, as Plum led the visitors’ offense. Joana Alves scored in the lane, while Best scored and Metoyer sank a three. UW was too much though, eventually taking a 67-51 lead through three frames.
The Redhawks kept at it in the fourth, but Plum showed why she is the leading scorer in the nation, finishing with 44 points on the day.
Best paced SU with 21 points, hitting three three-pointers in 37 minutes. Montgomery and Metoyer each scored 11 points, as Montgomery added seven rebounds.
The Redhawks continue their four-game home stand on Tuesday, Nov. 29, as Loyola Marymount visits the Connolly Complex. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.