MISSOULA, Mont. – (Dec. 13) Seattle University women’s basketball used a dazzling fourth quarter performance to win at Montana, 78-64, Wednesday. The Redhawks outscored the Lady Griz, 27-14, in the final period at Dahlberg Arena, which was filled with 7,018 fans.
"We mixed up our defenses (in the fourth)," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "We executed really well on both ends. It was a perfect storm for us."
SU (5-5) led for the majority of the day, but could not shake Montana (3-7) through three quarters, leading 51-50. The hosts hit a three-pointer to take a 53-51 edge early in the fourth, but the Redhawks answered with a 14-0 run to swing the game and claim their fifth win of the year.
Leilia Orji scored to tie it and then Jacinta Beckley set up an Alexis Montgomery three. Seattle U earned a defensive stop, and after a Madeline Dopplick offensive rebound, Kamira Sanders scored for a 58-53 lead. Montgomery made a steal and went behind the back to find a streaking Sanders for a layup, forcing a Lady Griz timeout with 7:08 remaining.
The spurt continued after the stoppage, as Sanders scored in the lane to make it a nine-point game. Kallin Spiller blocked a shot, leading to a Beckley trey to make it 65-53 at the 5:06 mark, capping the game-changing stretch.
The home team hit a three on its next trip, but Sanders assisted on another Beckley three, her fifth triple of the game. SU converted 8-10 free throws to close out the victory.
In the fourth period, Seattle U shot 8-13 (61.5 percent) from the floor and drained three three-pointers. The Redhawk defense harassed Montana into 27.8 percent shooting in the frame.
Montgomery recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds for her third straight double-double. She has five double-doubles this season and 15 in her career. She went 5-8 on three-pointers, marking a career high in made treys.
Sanders put up 19 points, eight boards, and seven assists. She grabbed five offensive rebounds and added two steals and a block, knifing through the Lady Griz defense to create offense for 39 minutes of action.
Beckley, the WAC’s leader in three-point percentage, sank 5-11 triple tries on her way to 17 points. She tallied five boards and two steals.
The Redhawks used the three-pointer as a weapon in the first half, sinking five to take a lead on the Lady Griz. Beckley hit a three from the left corner to start SU scoring. Spiller made two free throws and then Sanders scored to put the Redhawks in the lead at the 5:42 mark. A Carla Bieg putback tied it and then Orji scored in the lane to make it 11-all with 3:16 showing on the clock. Two Sanders foul shots and a Spiller jumper gave Seattle U the lead and then Dopplick connected from deep to give SU an 18-13 advantage. After a defensive stop, Sanders found Montgomery for a trey and an eight-point margin. Montana scored late in the frame to make it 21-15 after 10 minutes of play.
The hosts scored the first seven points of the second period to go back up, but Sanders converted in the paint for a 23-22 edge at the 7:30 mark. Montgomery sank a pair of triples as the Redhawks grabbed a five-point lead as the half wore on. Montgomery continued her strong showing with a jumper for a 31-24 difference with 4:38 to play in the half. She scored again and then Spiller swished a 15-footer, giving Seattle U a 35-30 lead in the final minute. The home side answered with a three, though, sending the Redhawks into the locker room with a 35-33 edge at halftime.
In the third, Sanders scored and later set up a Beckley three that evened the score at 41. Sanders hit two foul shots to put SU ahead, but the hosts regained their advantage. A Montgomery trey made it 46-44, but the Lady Griz tied the game again. Seattle U closed the period with a Beckley three and another Sanders foray into the lane for two points.
SU plays at Idaho on Friday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Cowan Spectrum.