CHICAGO (Jan. 14) - Seattle University women’s basketball beat Chicago State, 64-51, Saturday afternoon. Four Redhawks scored in double figures and SU dished out a season-high 21 assists in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at the Jones Convocation Center.
Seattle U (6-12, 3-0 WAC) improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. The Redhawks started 7-0 in the WAC that season.
On Saturday, Seattle U began the game on fire and looked to put away the Cougars early. Jacinta Beckley made a jumper on the first possession of the day and then Kaylee Best sank a three-pointer for a 5-0 lead. After a CSU (0-18, 0-4 WAC) hoop, Alexis Montgomery hit a jump shot and then finished a fast break with a layup for a 9-2 advantage at the 7:18 mark.
SU earned another defensive stop and then Claire Metoyer set up another Best trey. A Wilma Afunugo putback made it 14-2 with 5:06 to go in the first period. Best converted a pair of free throws and Beckley made a strong move and scored inside as the lead grew. With 1:25 left in the frame, Montgomery assisted on an Afunugo lay-in for a 20-4 difference. The hosts scored on the other end, but Beckley banked in a triple from the top of the key for a 17-point margin. CSU scored to close the quarter, but SU held a 23-8 lead after 10 minutes.
The Cougars were more competitive in the second quarter, but the Redhawks maintained their margin entering halftime. Metoyer found Beckley for a layup early in the period and then Metoyer assisted on a corner jumper by Delanie Parry. Afunugo scored in the paint and then she set up Best’s third three of the half as SU grabbed a 32-18 advantage with 4:12 remaining.
Parry hit Ashlyn Lewey for a layup before both offenses went cold. The score remained 34-23 as time ran down. After a Redhawk timeout, Beckley drove baseline and scored as the buzzer sounded, lifting Seattle U to a 36-23 halftime lead.
Montgomery got SU going in the third period, making two layups in the first two minutes as the Redhawks went ahead, 40-25. Kamira Sanders drilled a corner three-pointer to give the visitors a 43-27 advantage at the 6:17 mark. Afunugo scored inside and Parry sank a trey as the lead expanded. Montgomery kept the foot on the pedal with a hoop in the lane and Beckley finished a lay-in for a 52-34 difference in the final minute of the frame. Seattle U kept a comfortable margin throughout the fourth and came away with its third conference victory.
Beckley led a balanced effort with 15 points on 7-9 shooting. Montgomery recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds. She also logged six assists in 34 minutes. Best added 11 points, including three threes, while Afunugo registered 10 points off the bench. Metoyer put up five assists, four boards, two blocks, and a steal.
The Redhawks shot 47.4 percent (27-57) from the field. They held a 40-20 lead in points in the paint and a 19-2 advantage in bench points.
The Redhawks return home to host Grand Canyon in another WAC game on Saturday, Jan. 21. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.