SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 15) – Despite a career night from Kaylee Best, Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 73-59, at the University of San Francisco Tuesday night. Best scored 29 points as a second-half rally came up short at War Memorial at the Sobrato Center.
A San Francisco (2-0) three-pointer made it 50-27 with 6:07 left in the third period, but SU (0-2) was about to embark on an extended 27-10 run to get back into the contest. Best got things started with a pair of three-pointers in a 25-second span. Just over a minute later, the senior drained another trey to make it 50-36.
Best then set up an Afunungo lay-in, and after pulling down a rebound, Best sank her fifth three of the night, as Seattle U cut its deficit to 58-54 with 5:43 remaining.
The hosts responded with 11 straight points to regain control, however. Montgomery hit a late trey, but the defending West Coast Conference champions scored twice late to close out the game.
"In the second half, we started executing to our ability,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We ran some good sets and Kaylee was super aggressive.”
Best finished with a career-high 29 points, shooting 12-24, including 5-8 from downtown. She has tied her personal best with five made threes in each of the first two games of the season. Best also notched eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 37 minutes.
Her 29 points are the most by a Redhawk since Breanna Salley put up 29 against Seattle Pacific on Dec. 12, 2008.
“She played with urgency,” said Barcomb. “She saw when she could get to the rim and capitalized. I could not be more proud of her effort tonight.”
Best opened the game with a layup, and after a Dons’ three, the senior scored again. She made another basket later in the first period, but San Francisco began to pull away. A Montgomery jumper cut the SU deficit late in the quarter, but USF grabbed a 20-8 advantage through 10 minutes.
In the second frame, Seattle U looked better offensively. Montgomery scored and then Joana Alves made a layup and a jumper. Lay-ins by Best and Claire Metoyer kept the Redhawks close, but the hosts maintained a 27-18 lead late in the half. Best continued her stellar play with a hoop and a three-pointer as time wound down. USF went into the break with a 41-25 margin.
Montgomery added 11 points and three blocked shots, while Afunugo tallied four points, seven boards, and a pair of blocks. Rachel Howard led the Dons with 30 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.
SU returns home on Friday, Nov. 18, as UC Santa Barbara visits the Connolly Complex.