SEATTLE – (Dec. 20) Seattle University women’s basketball rallied late to force overtime at Washington, but the Huskies escaped with an 84-76 decision Wednesday night. The Redhawks outscored UW, 23-12, in the fourth quarter to send the game into OT at Alaska Airlines Arena.
“We executed our game plan in the fourth quarter,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We figured out how to attack and we came alive on the defensive end.”
Down by as many as 15 and trailing 55-44 through three lackluster periods, the Redhawks (6-7) crawled back into the contest and nearly pulled out another road win with a dominant showing in the fourth frame. Igniting a 12-0 run, McKenzi Williams’ steal set up an Alexis Montgomery transition layup. Jacinta Beckley hit a jumper and then pulled down a defensive rebound. Williams found Montgomery open for three, which the senior made, getting SU within 55-51 with 7:57 to go.
Following a series of steals, Madeline Dopplick assisted on a Montgomery fast-break hoop to make it a two-point difference. The Redhawks earned another defensive stop and Kamira Sanders scored while being fouled to tie the game. Her ensuing free throw gave Seattle U a 56-55 edge at the 6:09 mark.
UW (6-5) finally responded with two foul shots and then a jumper, but Montgomery scored inside on SU’s next trip. She came up with a steal, which led to a Kallin Spiller basket that gave the Redhawks a 60-59 advantage with 4:37 left. After a defensive stand, Sanders assisted on a Beckley corner triple that made it a four-point margin.
The home team came back with two threes to regain the lead, but Montgomery nailed a jumper with 2:16 remaining to even the score at 65. Washington replied with a pair of free throws. After an empty possession, the Redhawks made a stop and Sanders corralled the rebound. With 41 seconds to play, Montgomery stepped into a jumper from the top of the key and swished it, tying the match at 67. SU earned another stop and had two opportunities to win it in regulation, but could not find the winning bucket and the game went into OT.
Seattle U came like a house of fire in the extra session, as Dopplick connected from deep and then Montgomery made a jumper while being fouled. She finished the three-point play for a 73-69 lead with 3:34 left. After two UW foul shots, Montgomery split a pair at the line. The hosts rallied with nine straight points to take control and hit their free throws to seal the outcome.
In the second half, SU shot 54.8 percent (17-31) from the field. It held the Huskies to 3-12 (25 percent) accuracy and harassed UW into eight turnovers in the fourth period.
Montgomery posted 26 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double. She has eight such outings this season. The senior added a career-high six steals in 39 minutes. Spiller claimed her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 boards in a career-high 35 minutes. Sanders put up 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 41 minutes. Beckley scored 10 points, all in the second half, before fouling out. Williams compiled six points and five assists, while Dopplick sank two threes for six points on the night.
In the first half, both teams were unable to find a rhythm offensively. SU shot 5-16 (31.3 percent) from the field in the first period, while UW hit just 5-20 (25 percent) attempts in the second frame.
Spiller and Sanders each scored for a 4-0 Redhawk lead. After two UW buckets, Sanders found Dopplick, who sank a three-pointer at 6:38 in the quarter. A Williams layup was SU’s lone reply as the hosts grabbed a 17-9 margin. Late in the period, Montgomery scored in the lane to cut the deficit to six, but UW answered with a hoop for a 19-11 difference after a frame.
Neither side scored early in the second until a pair of Montgomery free throws at the 7:28 mark. Washington scored, but baskets by Williams and Montgomery got Seattle U within four at 21-17. After a Husky bucket, Sanders made a layup, forcing a UW timeout.
Eventually, Sanders finished a three-point play, but the Huskies looked to pull away with an 8-0 spurt. On the half’s final possession, Montgomery drained a trey to get SU within 35-25 at halftime.
The teams fared better in the third, as Spiller got the Redhawks rolling early. She made three layups, as Sanders and Montgomery set her up to convert in the lane. With the hosts ahead, 46-32 with 5:16 showing on the clock, Spiller splashed a trey to trim the deficit. UW hit a three, but Spiller scored in the paint to keep the Redhawks in it. Beckley hit a lay-in and then a three to make it 53-44, but Washington finished with a pair of free throws to claim a 55-44 margin through three.
The Redhawks host UC Irvine in their final contest before Christmas. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.