DALLAS (Dec. 21) - At the end of a grueling road swing, Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 77-43, at SMU Wednesday afternoon. Alexis Montgomery scored 20 points to lead the Redhawks in the non-conference game at Moody Coliseum.
"It's not the way we wanted to end (the trip)," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "We did some good things in the first half and Alexis was good, but we couldn't keep it going."
After the hosts went ahead 12-0, the Redhawks (3-11) outplayed SMU (9-4) for the rest of the first half, with Montgomery leading the way. She scored to get SU started and then Delanie Parry sank a jumper. Montgomery then found Jacinta Beckley for a transition layup. An Ashlyn Lewey three-pointer made it 16-9 with 3:19 remaining. SMU hit three free throws as the quarter continued, but Montgomery responded with a pair of hoops as Seattle U pulled within 19-13 after a quarter.
A Montgomery triple made it a three-point game early in the second. SMU regained some control, but another Montgomery bucket kept SU close as the Redhawk defense forced 15 first-half turnovers. Beckley connected on a 15-footer to make it 27-21 at the 3:00 mark. Seattle U harried the hosts into another turnover, setting up a final shot to close the half. Lewey came through, draining a three as time ran out, making it a 31-25 margin at the break.
The Mustangs controlled much of the third frame, as both teams earned numerous trips to the foul line. The home side converted 9-13 free throws as it expanded its lead. Montgomery tallied nine points in the quarter, hitting three jumpers and three free throws, but SMU gained a 57-35 advantage with one period to play.
Montgomery scored 20 points for the second straight game. On Sunday, she shot 8-21 from the field and pulled down seven rebounds along with a pair of steals. Lewey notched 11 points and six boards off the bench, connecting on three three-pointers.
The Redhawks, who have been on a six-game road trip, return to action on Thursday, Dec. 29, as CSU Northridge visits the Connolly Complex. SU’s final non-conference game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off.