SEATTLE (Feb. 9) – Seattle University women’s basketball beat Chicago State, 82-53, Thursday night. Eleven different Redhawks scored and SU shot a season-high 60 percent from the floor in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) victory at the Connolly Complex.
Coach Suzy Barcomb’s club started hot and took control early on its way to a seventh WAC victory in eight outings. The Redhawks (10-13, 7-1 WAC) have won six league games by double digits. They will try to continue their strong play with a home game against UMKC on Saturday at the Connolly Complex.
“We shared the ball really well tonight,” said Barcomb. “That’s the best we’ve run our entire offensive scheme all year. I thought we were great with moving the ball and making the extra pass.”
SU scored on its four trips for an 8-2 lead, as Alexis Montgomery and Claire Metoyer each scored around a pair of Jacinta Beckley layups. CSU (0-23, 0-9 WAC) hit two free throws to make it 8-4 with 7:32 and then the Redhawks ran away, notching a 22-2 run over 10 minutes of game action.
Metoyer hit a jumper and then Wilma Afunugo made two foul shots. The senior followed by splitting two free throws, and after a Kaylee Best foul shot, Metoyer sank another jump shot for a 16-4 advantage at the 2:26 mark. After a Cougar hoop, Ashlyn Lewey drilled a three-pointer and Kamira Sanders crossed up the CSU defense on her way to a lay-in and a 21-6 lead after one period.
The barrage continued early in the second frame, as Montgomery nailed a trey. Afunugo made two free throws and then two layups as the margin ballooned to 30-6 with 7:41 showing on the clock.
The visitors finally answered with two hoops, but Sanders and Beckley each scored in the lane to make it a 24-point difference again. CSU scored the next 11 points, but Seattle U had the final word in the half. Afunugo finished a layup and then made a putback. After a Montgomery steal, the Redhawks moved the ball around to Best, who swished a triple to send SU into the locker room with a 41-24 lead.
Layups by Montgomery and Metoyer allowed the hosts to expand their advantage to start the second half. A Beckley three-point play made it 48-25 with 8:27 left in the third. Beckley scored again and then Afunugo was fouled. She made the first and then grabbed her own rebound on the second, getting fouled again. The senior split another set of free throws on her ensuing trip to the line.
At the 4:51 mark, Genessa Bedoya drove and finished in the paint, giving SU a 54-33 lead. Best found Lewey for a trey and then Montgomery made a jumper for a 59-40 margin with just under a minute left in the quarter. Sanders made a layup, but CSU hit a late three, making it a 61-43 score after 30 minutes.
Barcomb was able to use her bench in the fourth frame, as many Redhawks saw time late. Beckley scored twice and then freshman Carla Bieg scored her first collegiate bucket with 6:40 left. Afunugo scored two more times, as SU went up, 75-48, with 4:57 remaining. Kaylee Biddell tallied a putback and Lewey sank her third three of the night as Seattle U reached the 80-point threshold for the second time this season.
Afunugo scored a season-high 19 points off the bench, hitting 6-8 from the floor and 7-10 from the line. Beckley scored 15 points in 15 minutes, while Metoyer put up 10 points and 5 assists. Montgomery just missed out on her sixth double-double, logging nine points and 10 boards. Sanders added 10 and Lewey hit 3-5 treys for nine points.
As a team, SU shot 60 percent, connecting on at least eight field goals in all four periods. The Redhawks held a 35-18 advantage on the glass and scored 52 points in the paint. Seattle U also claimed 34 bench points on the night, helping the hosts complete a season sweep of CSU.
The Redhawks host UMKC on Saturday at 4 p.m. It is SU’s annual Play4Kay game and donations will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. There will also be a Women in Leadership post-game reception. For more information, please click here.