SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (Nov. 17) Seattle University women’s basketball rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to win, 77-71, at UC Santa Barbara Friday night. The Redhawks outscored the Gauchos, 32-11, in the fourth quarter, including a game-ending 10-0 run, at The Thunderdome.
“Our bench gave us tremendous energy tonight,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “They gave us a much-needed spark, especially in the fourth quarter. We hit some big time threes that gave us an emotional lift.”
Up 51-30 with just over 15 minutes remaining, UCSB (1-2) appeared to be well on its way to a win in its home opener. Seattle U (1-2) had other ideas, though, battling to rally as the second half continued and pulling off the largest comeback win in SU's Division I history.
Montgomery made two free throws and then Delaney McCann hit a three-pointer. Sanders connected from deep to trim the deficit further. Montgomery followed with a pair of jumpers, making it 51-42 with 2:34 showing on the clock.
The hosts responded, though, hitting several shots and regaining some measure of control with a 60-45 margin after three periods.
Sanders drilled a three to cut the deficit and, and a Gaucho bucket, Montgomery drained a triple at the 8:30 mark, getting SU within 62-51. Carla Bieg nailed a three and then McKenzi Williams made a steal and scored to make it an eight-point game.
Williams then grabbed a rebound and eventually assisted on a Sanders trey to cut the margin to 64-59. A Williams lay-in and McCann free throw got SU closer, but UCSB answered with a three, going ahead, 69-62, with six minutes to play.
The Redhawks continued working, however, as Sanders made a steal and a layup and then scored on a putback to get SU within 69-66. The hosts scored with 3:52 to go, and Seattle U would not allow a point the rest of the way. Sanders was there again, scoring in the paint with 3:31 left. Seattle U earned another defensive stop and then Montgomery converted on a jumper at the 2:56 mark.
After another stop, the Redhawks set up Dopplick for an open look from the top of the key. The junior swished the three-pointer, giving her side a 73-71 advantage with 1:39 to play.
Seattle U came up with a defensive rebound again, and Sanders went to the other end and split a pair of foul shots with 46 seconds to go. UCSB missed and Dopplick connected on a free throw to stretch the lead. The Redhawks made two more stops and hit enough free throws to come away with the hard-fought victory.
Sanders led with 21 points on 8-10 shooting. She scored 13 points in the fourth period. The sophomore was superb, recording nine rebounds and six assists. Montgomery tallied her first double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 boards. Dopplick hit four treys on her way to 15 points.
“Kamira’s stat line is outstanding,” said Barcomb. “Madeline contributed some big buckets and Alexis came alive late.”
Dopplick got the Redhawks started, hitting a three to open the scoring. Baskets by Sanders and Montgomery kept SU in a low-scoring contest. A second Dopplick trey pulled Seattle U within a point late in the frame, and then two Montgomery free throws put it in the lead. A Williams foul shot sent the bout into a 14-14 tie through a quarter.
In the second period, Montgomery scored and then Jacinta Beckley made a layup to keep SU close. UCSB began to pull away, but a McCann hoop stemmed the run. With 27 seconds left, Dopplick sank another triple to make it 29-24 at the half.
The Gauchos caught fire to start the third and grabbed a 51-30 lead with 5:39 remaining in the quarter. SU slowly worked back in to the game from there.
SU plays at Pepperdine Sunday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. in Malibu.