SEATTLE – (Dec. 9) Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 74-65, to Nevada Saturday afternoon. Alexis Montgomery recorded 23 points and 12 rebounds in the non-conference setback at the Connolly Complex.
“We struggle to execute our defensive game plan,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We can’t put ourselves in a hole like that and expect to win.”
Trailing 38-30 early in the third, the Redhawks (4-5) put together an impressive run to get back in the game. Kamira Sanders scored and then Kallin Spiller made a layup. After a Jacinta Beckley steal, Montgomery hit Spiller for a bucket to make it a two-point game. The visitors answered with a three-pointer, but Beckley scored. Montgomery made a steal and dished cross-court to Sanders, who sank a corner trey to tie the contest at 41 at the 7:45 mark.
A Delaney McCann putback gave the Redhawks a lead before Nevada responded with a 14-0 run to take control. McCann slowed the run with a hoop, but the Wolf Pack (5-4) entered the fourth with a 59-45 difference.
The visitors looked to pull away early in the final frame, but SU would not allow it. Down 12, Sanders scored and then McCann drilled a three. Two Montgomery free throws made it 61-56 with 6:23 left. After a Nevada jumper, Madeline Dopplick assisted on a Beckley triple. The visitors had an answer again, but Montgomery came back with a bucket to get within 65-61 at the 3:46 mark. Nevada held on from there, though, to get its fifth win of the season.
Montgomery totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. She has 14 in her career. The senior added four assists on the day. Sanders posted 15 points and nine boards, while Beckley added 12 points in 24 minutes. McCann matched her career high with nine points.
Both sides got out to a slow start, with Nevada going ahead, 7-2 after nearly four minutes of action. A pair of Sanders baskets got SU going, but the Wolf Pack went ahead, 12-7. Montgomery found McCann for a hoop in the lane to make it 12-9 at the 4:29 mark and then the pair scored, reversing roles to get within one. The visitors grabbed a five-point advantage, but Montgomery closed strongly, finishing a three-point play, hitting a jumper and then swishing a wing trey at the buzzer to make it 19-19 at the end of the first.
Beckley put SU ahead with a free throw in the second period. Montgomery scored again and then Beckley claimed two more lay-ins to get within three points late in the frame. Two Dopplick foul shots gave the Redhawks a 30-29 edge, but Nevada scored the last seven points of the frame for a 36-30 margin at halftime.
Seattle U hits the road this week, playing at Montana Wednesday and at Idaho Friday.