BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Feb. 17) – Seattle University women’s basketball travels to CSU Bakersfield for a crucial Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the Icardo Center.
With four games remaining in the regular season, Seattle U is in second place in the WAC standings. It is one game ahead of Bakersfield, who holds a one-game edge over UTRGV. New Mexico State tops the league with a 10-0 mark. The Redhawks and Roadrunners have already clinched top-four seeds in the WAC Tournament.
SU (11-14, 8-2 WAC) had its four-game winning streak snapped on Thursday night at Grand Canyon, as GCU claimed an 82-77 win. Kaylee Best scored her 1,000th career point in the contest, becoming the 16th player in program history to log 1,000 points.
The Lopes took a 72-58 lead late in the fourth quarter, but the Redhawks battled back, going on a 15-0 run to go up, 73-72, on an Alexis Montgomery jumper with 1:42 remaining. The hosts scored on their next possession, though, and made enough free throws to close out the match. Best scored 24 points and made an SU Division I-record seven three-pointers, while Montgomery notched her seventh double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 boards.
CSUB (12-12, 7-3 WAC) beat Utah Valley, 55-39, on Thursday night. The Roadrunners held UVU to 24.5 percent shooting from the field, the stingiest mark allowed by a Division I CSUB unit. Addi Walters hit five threes to lead the ‘Runner offense.
In the WAC opener on Jan. 7, Seattle U beat CSUB, 54-47, at the Connolly Complex. SU led, 13-3, after one period, but the visitors rallied and the teams went back and forth throughout the second half. Montgomery finished a three-point play and Delanie Parry sank a key triple late to lift the Redhawks to victory. Montgomery put up 20 points and 7 rebounds. Erika Williams paced CSUB with 11 points.
This season, Montgomery has been SU’s top performer. She is averaging 16.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Best is recording 13.9 points and has a WAC-high 66 made three-pointers this season.
Williams and Aja Williams lead CSUB this season, combining for 21.9 points per game. Jazmyne Bartee has set a Bakersfield Division I single-season record with 60 blocked shots.