MOSCOW, Idaho – (Dec. 15) Seattle University women’s basketball won, 68-60, at Idaho Friday evening. The Redhawks utilized a balanced attack and stifling defense to finish a 2-0 road trip at the Cowan Spectrum.
"They took the lead and it was gut-check time in the fourth quarter," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "We made two big defensive stops and then Kallin came up with two huge baskets for us. That was great for us to complete this sweep against two quality opponents."
Seattle U (6-5) led for much of the night, but Idaho took a 53-52 lead with 6:53 remaining. The Redhawks responded with a 12-2 run to regain control and seal the victory. Jacinta Beckley made a jumper while being fouled at the top of the key, hitting the ensuing the free throw for a 55-53 edge with 6:21 left. Kamira Sanders got a hand on a Vandal (3-6) three attempt and then Genessa Bedoya assisted on an Alexis Montgomery bucket.
After the hosts scored and SU missed on its trip, Beckley came up with a steal, sparking a Redhawk fast break. Montgomery dished ahead to Sanders for a layup and a 59-55 advantage with 5:11 to go. Blocks by Kallin Spiller and Montgomery kept the Vandals off the board and then Sanders found Spiller for a lay-in with 2:27 to play. Montgomery pulled down a defensive rebound and eventually set up a Spiller three-point play, putting Seattle U ahead, 64-55, with just over a minute left. Montgomery and Beckley went 4-4 at the line to close out the contest.
After going nearly 10 years without a 2-0 non-conference road trip, the Redhawks have now pulled off the feat twice in the season’s first five weeks. SU won at UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine last month and then won at Montana on Wednesday to begin this road swing.
Seattle U forced the Vandals into 30.9 percent (21-68) shooting from the floor. That rate marks the worst shooting night of the season for Idaho. SU recorded its two best field-goal defense performances of the season on the road trip, containing Montana to 36.2 percent shooting on Wednesday.
Montgomery finished with 18 points and 11 boards for her fourth straight double-double and sixth of the season. She added four assists, three blocks, and two steals. Spiller scored a career-high 14 points, while Sanders posted 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Madeline Dopplick sank three treys on her way to nine points and Beckley added nine points and career-high 12 boards. Nine different Redhawks scored on the night.
Spiller got SU going to open the contest. She scored in the post on the first two possessions of the night, and then after an Idaho three-pointer, Sanders scored to make the Redhawks perfect through three offensive trips. The visitors finally missed, but Montgomery hit a jumper and then made a stellar bounce pass to set up a Leilia Orji jump shot. Montgomery’s jumper made it 12-6 with 5:25 to go in the quarter.
Sanders scored inside and then McKenzi Williams sank a pair of foul shots. A Beckley basket and a Montgomery hoop gave Seattle U a 20-11 advantage with 36 seconds remaining, but the hosts made a three to get within six points after a period.
In the second frame, Montgomery connected on a jump shot before the Vandals answered to make it a four-point difference. Dopplick’s trey at the 8:02 mark gave SU some breathing room and then her assist to Spiller for a lay-in made it 27-18 midway through the second.
Sanders converted two free throws and made a jumper as the Redhawks grabbed a 32-24 lead with 3:27 to play in the half. Idaho got closer, but a Delaney McCann putback put SU ahead by five. The hosts sent the game into the half with two foul shots, as Seattle U held a 34-31 margin through 20 minutes.
Montgomery put back her own miss to start second-half scoring. Beckley made a jumper and then Dopplick drained a trey for a 41-33 lead at the 8:07 mark. Montgomery’s layup stretched the lead to nine, but Idaho came back to tie the game at 43 with 3:19 showing on the clock.
Dopplick had the response for the Redhawks, though, swishing a triple. Montgomery corralled a rebound, leading to a Spiller hoop to gain further control. The home side scored, but Sanders hit a jumper on the other end to go up 50-45 with 1:42 to go in the third. An Idaho three pulled the hosts within two after three periods, however.
SU held a 38-26 advantage in points in the paint and hit 11-12 free throws in the game.
The Redhawks head home to host Pacific on Sunday. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.