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SEATTLE – (Nov. 11) Seattle University women’s basketball debuted its new era under first-year head Coach Suzy Barcomb with a thriller in the Connolly Complex Friday night. A back-and-forth affair with visiting Idaho saw nine ties and nine lead changes before the Vandals eventually pulled away for a 68-64 final over the Redhawks.

A three-pointer by Alexis Montgomery with 1:23 to play snapped a 7-0 run by Idaho (1-0) and gave Seattle U (0-1) a 61-60 lead. But the Vandals would close things out at the free-throw line, hitting five-of-six down the stretch as the Redhawks missed three shot attempts and suffered a key turnover.

“We executed our scout defense very well tonight,” said Barcomb. “We had a few breakdowns late in the game that became too costly to overcome. But we competed and were much improved from our previous two games.”

Montgomery led SU with 18 points, including 12 in the first quarter of play. Kaylee Best and Claire Metoyer added 14 and 13 points, respectively as the Redhawks shot 41 percent from the field for the game.

The Redhawks, who shot better than 50 percent from the field in both the first and third quarters, hit buzzer beater shots at the end of each of the first three quarters.

A Montgomery three closed out the first period to trim the deficit to two, 19-17, while a Wilma Afunugo layup and Jacinta Beckley three knotted the score at 34-34 at the half.

“Our execution in the first half was crisp and we ran some solid sets for great looks for Kaylee and Alexis,” said Barcomb. “We have a great deal to focus upon in order to make the improvements necessary to close out games. Staying committed to what we do best, growing as a team will elevate our game for the next game.”

Idaho’s Mikayla Ferenz led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 8-of-13 from the field. She was joined in double figures by Geraldin McCorkell with 14 points and Taylor Pierce with 12.

The Redhawks had an advantage on the boards, pulling down 36 rebounds, including 12 offensive, to the Vandals’ 28. SU also owned a 13-5 second-chance points advantage, but did give up 21 points off their 21 turnovers.

Seattle U hits the road for their next match-up, traveling to face reigning West Coast Conference tournament champion San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Tip off from War Memorial Gymnasium is set for 7 p.m.

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