SEATTLE – (Dec. 2) Seattle University women’s basketball shot 56.4 percent from the floor on its way to an 80-73 win over San Diego Saturday afternoon. Four Redhawks scored in double figures as SU picked up its fourth win of the season.
“That’s a huge win at home,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We executed our game plan defensively the way we wanted to. We responded well to their physicality. Our fourth quarter was really good. We had a lot of different players contribute today.”
An Alexis Montgomery three-point play tied the game at 68 with 2:14 left in the fourth quarter. The Redhawks (4-4) secured a defensive stop and then called timeout. On the inbounds play, Montgomery fired a pass to the far side of the court, where Madeline Dopplick drained a 15-footer while being fouled. She sank the ensuing free throw with 1:39 left for a 71-68 edge.
After USD (5-3) hit a foul shot, Jacinta Beckley drove and scored through contact to put SU ahead by four with 30 seconds to go. Dopplick made a steal in the paint and followed with a pair of free throws to give the Redhawks further control. The visitors made two foul shots of their own, but the Redhawks converted their free throws to seal the decision. In the decisive fourth period, SU shot 10-16 (62.5 percent) from the floor.
Beckley scored a career-high 22 points on 9-13 shooting. The senior made two three-pointers, grabbed four rebounds, and collected a pair of blocks. Montgomery notched her third double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 boards. She added four assists. Kamira Sanders recorded 14 points (6-7 shooting), and 6 rebounds, while Dopplick finished with 12 points and 3 steals. Kallin Spiller added six points, four assists, three boards, and two blocks in her second straight start.
Seattle U shot a season-high 56.4 percent (31-55) from the field. It also sank 14-17 free throws and held a 36-31 advantage on the glass. USD entered Saturday ranked in the top 20 nationally in rebounding margin. SU also registered a season-high six blocks on the day.
Beckley scored SU’s first four points in the first period. After a Spiller basket, USD scored for an 11-6 lead. With 3:07 remaining, Beckley sank a three to get within two points. The visitors scored again, but Leilia Orji scored in the paint with 1:36 showing on the clock. San Diego scored what turned out to be the final points of the frame, taking a 15-11 advantage through 10 minutes.
Sanders hit a jump shot to open second-quarter scoring, but USD got out to a 21-13 lead with 8:30 left in the first half. Delaney McCann put together a post move and scored and then Montgomery found Spiller for a lay-in to make it 21-17 with 7:38 to go in the half.
The visitors followed with four straight points to attempt to pull away, but SU answered with a 7-0 spurt. McKenzi Williams hit a free throw and Montgomery finished a putback. Montgomery scored again and then Williams grabbed a rebound and went to the other end and converted in the lane, getting the Redhawks within a point and forcing a USD timeout.
Again, the Toreros looked to gain control, going up, 30-24, with 2:46 remaining, but Seattle U was up to the challenge to close the half. Beckley split two foul shots and then completed a three-point play to get SU within two. Montgomery pulled down an offensive board and scored with 24 seconds to play, tying the contest at 30.
SU shot well in the third, as both teams got going offensively. Spiller found Dopplick for a basket to put Seattle U in the lead. USD came back with nine points in a row, but a Sanders-three-point play got the Redhawks back on the ball. Montgomery scored, and with SU down six, Beckley finished a putback with 5:04 remaining.
A Sanders lay-in and a Beckley trey inched the hosts closer and then Montgomery dished to Spiller for a bucket in the paint with 3:30 left. After a defensive stop, Dopplick assisted on a Montgomery triple, giving Seattle U a 49-47 advantage. USD closed the frame on a run, though, and led, 52-49, heading into the fourth period.
In the fourth, Beckley scored and then assisted on a Dopplick triple to make it 54-all with 9:02 to play. USD went back up, 58-54, but a layup by Montgomery and a Sanders three-point play pulled SU back within a point. The Toreros claimed a 67-61 advantage with 4:26 remaining, but the Redhawks fought back to come away with a key home victory.
SU will welcome Nevada on Saturday, Dec. 9, in its next outing at the Connolly Complex.