DENVER (Dec. 16) - Seattle University women’s basketball took down Denver, 75-72, Friday night. Three Redhawks scored in double figures as SU put up a season-high point total and picked up a road win at Magness Arena.
“We ran some good sets and got the ball moving,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Kaylee played one of her best games of the season and we came up with some good plays down the stretch.”
The Redhawks (3-9) led a back-and-forth contest, 54-50, through three quarters. Layups by Claire Metoyer and Wilma Afunugo expanded the SU margin early in the fourth. With 7:25 to go, Afunugo scored in the lane again, putting the Redhawks ahead, 60-53. After a Denver (3-9) hoop, Kaylee Best hit a three-pointer. Kamira Sanders found Ashlyn Lewey for a straight-on trey and a 66-57 lead with 3:30 showing on the clock. The hosts cut their deficit to four, but Best drained another triple at the 2:07 mark, giving SU some breathing room.
The Pioneers eventually answered with a three-pointer in the final minute, trimming their deficit to 69-66. Best connected on two foul shots for a five-point lead with 32 seconds remaining. Metoyer sealed the decision with four late free throws.
Best and Alexis Montgomery once again led the way offensively in the first half. Denver took an early 9-2 lead, but Best scored inside and then set up a Delanie Parry three-pointer to trim the deficit. Montgomery’s layup with 2:58 remaining in the first period made it 14-9. After an Afunugo bucket, Montgomery assisted on a Best trey, pulling SU with 16-14 at the 1:58 mark.
Montgomery followed with a triple of her own and then she drained a jumper to get the Redhawks within a point. Jacinta Beckley made a steal, setting up Seattle U’s last possession of the frame. Montgomery drew the defense and found Beckley open near the hoop, where she laid the ball in with two seconds left, lifting the visitors to a 21-20 edge.
Neither team was as effective offensively in the second quarter. Genessa Bedoya grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 6:45 to play. Montgomery then assisted on a Best jumper to give the Redhawks a 25-24 lead. Best nailed a three for a four-point difference, but Denver rallied, eventually taking a 31-28 lead. Montgomery canned another shot in the final minute, but the Pioneers scored to close the half with a 33-30 margin.
In the third period, the teams competed back and forth, with both sides hitting tough shots and controlling the match for short bursts. Best scored off another Montgomery helper to start scoring. Beckley made a layup and then Best scored to tie the game at 37. Lewey made a free throw and Kamira Sanders converted a pair at the line as the quarter continued.
SU employed a full-court press, stymieing the Denver attack midway through the frame. Beckley came up with a steal, leading to a Montgomery basket. The Redhawks forced two more turnovers and then Beckley scored. Best followed with a hoop for a 46-45 lead with 3:02 left in the third. Beckley continued her stellar play with another jumper and then assist on a Montgomery lay-in. Montgomery scored again and Beckley came up with a bucket, giving Seattle U a 54-50 difference after 30 minutes.
Best finished with 26 points, hitting 4-8 from deep. Montgomery put up 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Beckley added eight points and six boards, while Metoyer notched six points and four rebounds. SU outrebounded Denver, 36-28, including a 15-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Redhawks head to Colorado State for another non-league road contest on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Pacific.