MALIBU – (Nov. 19) Seattle University women’s basketball won, 65-62, at Pepperdine Sunday afternoon. Alexis Montgomery made a three-pointer to put the Redhawks ahead late and SU claimed a 2-0 road trip this weekend.
“We had just enough in the tank to pull out this very important road win,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We found some mismatches we could attack and got some looks at the rim for Kamira. Delaney stepped into the starting role today and gave us a very solid effort and efficient stat line.”
In the fourth period, Pepperdine (2-2) took a 57-56 lead on a three-point play with 4:48 showing on the clock. Delaney McCann responded with an offensive rebound and a layup to put SU back in the lead with 4:24 left. After a Kamira Sanders steal, Madeline Dopplick hit a three-pointer to expand the SU (2-2) lead. The Waves then tied the game at 61 with a lay-in at the 1:48 mark.
On the Redhawks’ ensuing possession, the ball ended up in the hands of Montgomery at the top of the key. The senior calmly stepped into a deep three-pointer and swished it, giving Seattle U a 64-61 margin with 1:30 to play. After a defensive stop, the Redhawks came up empty. Pepperdine split two free throws on its next trip and then SU worked the clock down before a turnover with 21 seconds remaining.
The Waves looked for a transition chance, but Montgomery broke up the play and Sanders came up with a steal near midcourt. Jacinta Beckley then made a free throw with six seconds left. A final try from the hosts went wide and SU picked up the victory.
Sanders led with 14 points, five assists, and four steals. Montgomery recorded 13 points and eight rebounds, while Dopplick scored 10. McCann, making her first start at SU, put up nine points and nine boards. Beckley added nine points.
Beckley got SU started, hitting a three on the game’s first possession. She scored in the lane a minute later to give the Redhawks a 5-2 lead. The hosts followed with 11 straight points before Ashlyn Lewey sank a three at the 4:09 mark. A Kallin Spiller basket trimmed the deficit to 13-10 and later, Sanders made a lay-in as the Waves held a 15-12 margin through one period.
In the second quarter, Sanders scored in the paint to make it a one-point game. The Redding, Calif., native scored again to keep SU close, and after a Pepperdine three, Sanders drained a triple of her own. The hosts scored, but Montgomery set up a Spiller hoop with 6:43 remaining.
After the home side scored again, Spiller assisted on a Dopplick three-pointer. SU’s hot outside shooting continued, as Sanders found Montgomery for a trey and a 27-25 edge at the 5:11 mark. Pepperdine tied the game, but a McCann jumper put the Redhawks back ahead.
With 1:59 to go in the half, Sanders hit Lewey for another shot from downtown, giving Seattle U a 32-29 margin. The Waves scored late to make it a one-point difference at halftime. SU shot 6-14 from three-point range in the first half.
The game was tight throughout the third frame, with the teams trading the lead six times. After the Waves scored, Montgomery made a layup. Two McCann foul shots made it 36-33 before the hosts regained the lead. Dopplick then scored inside. With Pepperdine up by a point, Lewey found Montgomery for a trey, giving SU a 41-39 advantage with 5:22 left.
The Waves took the lead, but a Sanders layup and a McCann jumper put SU up. At the 1:31 mark, Montgomery scored for a 47-42 margin after three periods.
Pepperdine made a three to start fourth-quarter scoring, but Dopplick answered with a layup. Ahead by one, McKenzi Williams assisted on a Sanders triple to put SU up, 52-48, with 7:59 remaining. A Beckley three-point expanded the lead to seven, but the Waves weren’t done. An 8-0 spurt put the hosts in the lead with 4:48 to play, setting up the end game.
Seattle U returns home this week and will host Portland State on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.