SEATTLE – (March 3) Alexis Montgomery of Seattle University women’s basketball became the first player in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) history to post two triple-doubles as the Redhawks romped to an 83-53 win over Utah Valley on senior day at the Connolly Complex. Montgomery compiled 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in the regular-season finale.
“It was our ball movement today,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “The three-ball is contagious. When you have multiple people who can hit shots, it makes us dangerous against the zone.”
Seattle U earned the fourth seed in next week’s WAC Championship. It will face fifth-seeded Kansas City in the first round on Wednesday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m. SU beat the Roos twice during the regular season.
The teams went back and forth in the first half, as SU grabbed an early lead, but Utah Valley answered. The second period featured nine lead changes, as neither team gained more than a two-point margin. An Ashlyn Lewey three-pointer gave the Redhawks a 34-32 halftime lead.
Seattle U exploded in the third, outscoring the Wolverines, 32-8, including a 15-0 run as it sank 5-7 three-point tries. Jacinta Beckley scored inside to make it 36-32 and then Montgomery split two foul shots. A Beckley steal led to a Kamira Sanders layup. After a UVU free throw, Montgomery set up a Joana Alves hoop for an eight-point lead. The visitors called for timeout with 7:37 left.
The Wolverines scored after the timeout, but Montgomery assisted on a Beckley trey. Montgomery followed with a putback to make it 46-35 at the 5:51 mark. UVU made a three, but Madeline Dopplick responded with a triple of her own and then she found Montgomery for a three in front of the SU bench, giving the hosts a 52-38 advantage with 4:31 remaining in the frame.
Dopplick’s next three ballooned the lead to 17 and then Sanders drained a jumper. The run continued with a Montgomery basket with 2:24 showing on the clock. Montgomery fired a forty-five feet chest pass ahead to Spiller, who caught and finished for a 63-38 advantage to cap a 15-0 burst. After two UVU free throws, McKenzi Williams set up another Dopplick three with two seconds to go, putting the Redhawks ahead, 66-40 after three quarters.
In the third, SU connected on 12-15 field goal attempts, including 5-7 from deep. Montgomery notched eight points, six boards, and four assists in eight minutes of play. The Redhawk defense was up to the task as well, holding UVU to 2-15 accuracy in the frame.
Montgomery posted her 17th double-double of the season in just three periods, so the lone question was whether she could find two assists in the fourth. She took care of the matter quickly, finding Alves for a lay-in at the 8:34 mark and then lobbing an inbounds pass to Beckley, who caught and swished from 15 feet, giving SU a 70-40 lead and marking an exclamation point on senior day.
Montgomery finished with 15 points on 6-11 shooting to go with 15 rebounds, and 10 assists. She added a pair of blocks in 35 minutes. The native of Beaverton, Ore., is the first player in WAC history with two triple-doubles.
“She’s a special player doing really special things,” said Barcomb. “She wanted to have an incredible game today and it was great to be a part of that.”
Sanders made 6-8 shots on her way to 14 points, along with six assists and four boards. Beckley tallied 13 points and Dopplick drilled four treys for 12 points off the bench. Spiller claimed eight points and seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of action, while Lewey contributed seven points and four rebounds.
The margin of victory is the largest by SU in a WAC game since Feb. 22, 2012, when the Redhawks beat Chicago State, 81-45.
As a team, SU shot 54.2 percent (32-59) from the floor and made 12-23 (52.2 percent) three-point attempts. It contained Utah Valley to 36.2 percent shooting, including 7-30 (23.3 percent) in the second half.
Montgomery, Beckley, and Lewey were recognized prior to the game.
“It’s a great way to end their home careers,” said Barcomb. “Between last week (win over CSU Bakersfield) and today, it’s special.”
The Redhawks finish the regular season with a 15-14 record.