SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball made a big fourth-quarter rally, but came up short, 73-65, to Montana State on Saturday afternoon. Three Redhawks scored in double figures in the non-conference game at the Redhawk Center.
"Our focus has been on starting better and we did that tonight," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "They hit us hard to start the second half though and we can't dig such a big hole for ourselves. My team doesn't give up, but it's hard to come back like that. I thought we would have something go our way today."
MSU eventually grabbed a 56-36 lead midway through the third period. From there, SU made a frantic comeback effort, nearly getting all the way back late in the fourth. Georgia Kehoe scored inside twice and then Sarah Rahon swished a trey, pulling within 56-43 through 30 minutes.
Rahon continued her hot-shooting stretch with another triple to open scoring in the fourth. Joana Alves made a steal and the SU defense stood tall, keeping the Bobcats off the board until a Kehoe three-point play made it 56-49 with 7:29 to play. The visitors maintained a comfortable margin until the final three minutes, when a Courtney Murphy three-ball got the Redhawks within 64-57. Alves followed with a pair of foul shots and then McKenzi Williams drove for a layup, cutting the deficit to 64-61 with two minutes remaining. MSU answered with a jumper at the shot-clock buzzer, but Murphy drove and finished to keep the margin at three. The Bobcats again hit on their end, making a three-pointer in the final minute to finally snuff out a comeback attempt.
Murphy led SU with 14 points and four rebounds, while Alves and Kamira Sanders each added 10 points. Williams had nine and Kehoe and Rahon tallied seven points each.
Murphy made a three-pointer to start Redhawk scoring on Saturday. Chinwe Ezeonu scored on a second-chance opportunity, and after a Bobcat bucket, Sanders drove and scored for a 7-4 lead with 7:14 left in the period. An Alves putback and a Rahon foul shot made it 10-8 midway through the quarter. MSU grabbed a lead, but Alves kicked out of a double team to find Williams for a triple, making it 15-all with 3:45 showing on the clock. In the final minute of the frame, Williams assisted on a Sanders trey as the Redhawks cut their deficit to 18-17 going into the second period.
An Alves putback gave SU a lead in the second before Montana State regained its advantage. Alves continued to work inside, scoring after another offensive rebound to get back within a point. A minute later, Rahon scrapped for another second chance and assisted on a Murphy three-ball for a 24-22 lead. The offenses slowed after that, with neither side connecting from the floor until the final minute of the half. A Carla Bieg basket made it a two-point margin late, as MSU held a 31-29 difference at halftime.
The visitors started out well in the second half, scoring the first 11 points of the third. A Sanders layup slowed the run, but the margin ballooned to 20 points late in the frame. Seattle U looked to rally after that, but the Bobcats had enough.
SU keeps it five-game home stand rolling with a non-conference game against Sacramento State on Friday, Dec. 6. Tip-off is slated for 11 a.m. at the Redhawk Center.