SEATTLE (Dec. 4) - Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 75-56, at Montana State (5-3) Sunday afternoon at Worthington Arena. Alexis Montgomery recorded her third career double-double in non-conference game at the defending Big Sky regular season champion’s Worthington Arena.
"We took a little bit of a step today, battling back (after the first period)," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "We got to the free throw line and hit some inside shots. We played super-hard while we were (full-court) pressing."
After falling behind in the first period, Kaylee Best sank a three-pointer and Montgomery hit a jump shot to cut into the deficit. The hosts held a 20-7 lead through a quarter.
Kamira Sanders scored early in the second frame, but the Bobcats expanded their lead. Wilma Afunugo converted a three-point play at the 2:12 mark and then she finished a putback as SU (2-7) tried to climb back into the contest. Best made a pair of free throws, but MSU scored twice late to take a 45-18 halftime lead.
The Redhawks looked better in the third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats, 17-12, in the frame. Claire Metoyer set up a Best trey and then Best assisted on a Montgomery triple at the 7:14 mark. Montgomery followed with a steal and a layup to trim the deficit further. She scored in the lane again later in the stanza, and then Best drained a three. Montgomery continued her stellar third period with a lay-in and then two foul shots. With a rebound late in the quarter, Montgomery posted her first double-double of the season and the third of her SU career.
In the fourth period, Sanders finished a three-point play to open Seattle U’s scoring. Montgomery drilled a three-pointer and Delanie Parry hit a baseline jumper as the quarter continued. Metoyer found Joana Alves for a bucket inside, as SU pressured the MSU defense, earning opportunities at the free throw line. The Redhawks sank 12-15 foul shots in the final frame, as Best hit all four of her tries and Alves drained 3-4 attempts. MSU maintained its lead, though, coming away with the victory.
Montgomery finished with 17 points, 12 boards, and four steals. Best notched 18 points and six steals. She hit 7-8 free throws in the contest. Afunugo added seven points and five rebounds.
SU continues its six-game road trip next weekend, playing at UC Riverside (Dec. 10) and San Diego (Dec. 12).