OREM, Utah – (Feb. 3) Alexis Montgomery hit the go-ahead jumper with 1.6 seconds left to lift Seattle University women’s basketball to a 77-75 win at Utah Valley Saturday afternoon. Montgomery put up 15 points, a career-high 12 assists, and nine rebounds in the exciting Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at Lockhart Arena.
“It was an outstanding all-around game by Alexis,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “It’s only fitting that she would hit the game-winning shot. We had key contributions offensively and Ashlyn was big for us off the bench today.”
SU (11-11, 5-2 WAC) led for nearly the entire day, but the hosts tied the game at 75 with 17 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. The Redhawks called timeout to draw up a potential game-winning shot. UVU had two fouls to give and it used them, bringing the clock down 5.5 seconds. Kamira Sanders inbounded to Montgomery, who dribbled right three times and pulled up from the right elbow. Her fadeaway swished through with 1.6 seconds remaining.
The Wolverines (9-13, 3-4 WAC) called timeout to advance the ball to their frontcourt. Taylor Christensen ended up with a desperation attempt at the horn, sending Seattle U to a 5-2 start in WAC play.
Montgomery was terrific Saturday, nearly compiling a triple-double to lead the Redhawks to victory. Ashlyn Lewey provided a much-needed boost off the bench, scoring a season-high 19 points on 5-7 three-point shooting. Kallin Spiller finished with a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. She also blocked a career-high five shots. In the third quarter alone, the freshman claimed nine points and five offensive boards.
Beckley added 11 points, while Sanders tallied eight points and eight assists.
Seattle U posted a season-high 26 assists on 31 made field goals. It also scored 23 bench points in the win.
The Redhawks opened the game on a roll, as Montgomery finished a jumper while being fouled. She made the ensuing free throw for a 3-0 lead after one possession. On SU’s next trip, Jacinta Beckley drained a three-pointer for a 6-0 lead. Montgomery pulled down a rebound, leading to a Madeline Dopplick trey. The hosts finally scored, but Sanders found Beckley for a triple and a 12-2 advantage, forcing a UVU timeout with 7:23 remaining in the frame.
The Wolverines settled a bit, but Sanders and Montgomery both hit to make it 16-8 at the 5:15 mark. Beckley set up a cutting Sanders for a bucket and then Lewey sank a three, giving SU a 21-13 margin late in the quarter. Montgomery closed a strong period with two baskets as Seattle U held a 25-22 lead through 10 minutes.
Lewey began the second quarter with her second triple of the day. After UVU tied the game, Sanders split two foul shots and then Lewey swished again, making it 32-28 at the 6:38 mark. A Spiller layup gave SU a six-point difference and then Sanders and Montgomery each scored. After the hosts cut their deficit to three, Lewey made a baseline jumper and Spiller converted a putback, putting the Redhawks up, 42-35, at halftime.
Spiller was vital in the third, scoring three times to start the half. She deflected a Mariah Seals pass and took off, beating everyone down the floor and finishing a Sanders dish for a layup and a 50-35 advantage with 8:02 remaining. UVU trimmed its deficit to 11, but Lewey followed two free throws with her fourth triple of the game, making it 55-42 at the 3:55 mark. Spilled capped her stellar frame with a strong effort in the final minute. She grabbed three offensive rebounds and finally converted while being fouled. She sank the foul shot for a 10-point lead. The hosts scored last, though, cutting the margin to 58-50 entering the fourth quarter.
Utah Valley slowly rallied in the fourth, getting within two early in the frame. A Beckley three-point play stemmed the run with 7:18 left. Beckley hit a jumper to give SU a 64-57 advantage and then the senior found Leilia Orji for a lay-in and an eight-point difference with 6:07 to play. Spiller scored inside again, but UVU continued to come back, making it a 70-69 game with 2:48 showing on the clock. Lewey checked back into the game and Montgomery immediately found her in the left corner, where Lewey splashed her fifth three to regain a four-point lead.
Montgomery assisted on a Spiller layup to go ahead, 75-72, with 1:10 to go, but the Wolverines answered with a three-point play to even the score in the closing seconds, setting up Montgomery’s winner.
SU returns home to host Kansas City and Chicago State next weekend. Tip-off for Thursday’s game against the ‘Roos is set for a 6 p.m. start at the Connolly Complex.