OREM, Utah (Feb. 4) – Seattle University women’s basketball won, 69-51, at Utah Valley Saturday afternoon. Alexis Montgomery recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists to lead the Redhawks to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) win at Lockhart Arena.
"Our scout team did a great job preparing us all week," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "Our execution in the first half was pretty spot-on. When they cut the lead (in the second half), we did a great job of answering the bell."
The score was 4-3 after seven minutes of first-quarter action. Montgomery got SU (9-13, 6-1 WAC) going with a three-pointer at the 2:47 mark and then Delanie Parry drained two free throws-her first of the season. After UVU (6-16, 1-6 WAC) trimmed its deficit to 9-7, Kaylee Best got free for a right-wing triple to beat the buzzer and lift the Redhawks to a 12-7 advantage at the end of the first period. Seattle U held the Wolverines to 3-15 shooting from the floor.
Best and the rest of the Redhawks played with renewed verve in the second frame, dropping 22 points, assisting on all eight of their made baskets, and heading into halftime with a double-digit margin. Claire Metoyer found Montgomery for a three on SU’s first trip and then Best hit Wilma Afunugo for a layup and a 17-7 lead with 9:18 showing on the clock. The hosts scored next, but Metoyer sank a trey to stretch the difference. Best followed with a three-pointer from Kamira Sanders, giving the Redhawks a 23-9 lead and forcing a Utah Valley timeout.
The home side cut the deficit to 10, but Parry made a jumper and then assisted on a Best triple at the 3:54 mark. After a UVU three-point play, Sanders hit a baseline jump shot and Ashlyn Lewey set up another long-range bucket from Best. The Wolverines scored to close the period, but Seattle U had a 34-22 lead at the half.
In the third period, Jacinta Beckley made a layup early, but UVU trimmed its deficit to six midway through the frame. A Montgomery jumper slowed the Wolverines’ run, but the hosts eventually got within 41-37 in the final minute of the quarter. Best found Lewey for a three with 10 seconds left, but Utah Valley hit a trey of its own to end the frame as SU maintained a 44-40 advantage.
The Redhawks locked down on defense in the fourth, keeping the Wolverines off the scoreboard for the first 5:12 of the frame. An Afunugo lay-in and a Lewey three made it 49-40 with 6:42 to play. Lewey cut to the hoop and finished a bucket as the lead grew. Metoyer came up with a steal and broke out for a layup, as SU took a 53-40 advantage with 5:28 remaining.
Seattle U’s offense took over late, as it used exquisite ball movement to clinch the road decision. Sanders scored in the lane off a solid feed from Beckley. Montgomery tallied a putback and Beckley nailed a baseline jumper. Sanders’ layup stretched the margin and then Montgomery drained a triple to ice it in the final minute.
Montgomery led with her fourth double-double in fifth games. She put up 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. Best claimed 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 boards. Metoyer added eight points and 7 rebounds. SU's bench outscored Utah Valley's, 17-0. The Redhawks held UVU to 28.6 percent shooting from the floor on the day.
The Redhawks have now matched last season’s win total. They have faced each in the WAC once and will play each school again to close out the regular season. Chicago State visits the Connolly Complex on Thursday, Feb. 9.