SEATTLE – (Nov. 12) Seattle University women’s basketball dropped a 73-58 decision to Hawaii Sunday afternoon. Ten different Redhawks scored in the non-conference game at the Connolly Complex.
"I thought we got some great looks at the rim and we couldn't connect," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "We have to stay focused in each moment and until we learn to lock down defensively, we're going to have games like this."
The first half was a slog for both sides, as the teams combined to miss 48 field goal attempts in the first 20 minutes. Hawaii (1-1) grabbed a 4-0 lead until Montgomery scored at the 6:26 mark to get SU (0-2) on the board. A Kallin Spiller putback made it 4-all with 4:54 left in the period.
The visitors regained the lead, but a Joana Alves layup, set up by a stellar McKenzi Williams assist, tied it at 8. Williams then scored herself to put the Redhawks up with 1:55 to go in the first. After the Warriors went back ahead, Kamira Sanders scored in the lane to make it 12-12 at the end of the frame.
Hawaii took a five-point lead early in the second period, but three-pointers by Jacinta Beckley and Madeline Dopplick got the game to 20-20 with 6:50 to play in the half. Later in the quarter, Ashlyn Lewey found a cutting Leilia Orji for a basket, tying the contest again at 22.
SU hit three foul shots to stay close and Beckley sank a jump shot with 10 seconds to go, but the Warriors went into halftime with a 30-27 advantage.
A Montgomery three-point play got Seattle U within three early in the third period. UH stretched its margin after that, though, taking an 11-point lead at the 5:13 mark. A nifty Lewey three-point play pulled SU within 47-37 with 3:58 to play in the third. The Redhawks worked to get to the free throw line from there, sinking five foul shots to close the frame, trailing by 11.
In the fourth, Montgomery got her shot going, connecting on a jumper and then a trey to get SU within seven points. After a Sanders free throw, Montgomery scored again and then made a steal that led to a Dopplick transition hoop, cutting the Redhawks’ deficit to 56-52 with 7:23 remaining. UH answered with eight straight points, though, sealing the contest.
Montgomery led with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sanders put up 12 points and 6 boards. Orji tallied six points and six rebounds off the bench.
The Redhawks hit the road for the first time next weekend, playing at UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine.