SEATTLE (Nov. 29) – Seattle University women’s basketball dropped a 62-59 decision to Loyola Marymount Tuesday night. Kaylee Best scored 17 points to lead the Redhawks (1-6) in the non-conference game at the Connolly Complex.
After a tight first half that ended with SU grabbing a 30-28 lead at the half, the teams battled throughout the second half as well. Claire Metoyer made two free throws and Kamira Sanders scored inside as Seattle U took a 34-32 edge with 7:25 left in the third quarter. The visitors answered though, scoring eight straight points.
The home team fought back, as Jacinta Beckley sank a three-pointer and then split a pair of foul shots to close the gap. After an LMU (3-4) hoop, Best scored with 4:31 to go, cutting the deficit to two. A minute later, Beckley nailed a jump shot, tying the contest at 42. A Best triple gave SU the lead and then Sanders finished a layup for a five-point advantage. The visitors hit a three to conclude the period with Seattle U ahead, 47-45.
Alexis Montgomery opened fourth-quarter scoring with a jumper, but the Lions eventually took a 52-50 edge with 4:27 remaining. Following a defensive stop, Metoyer drilled a trey, giving SU a one-point margin. LMU rallied, however, going up, 56-53. Freshman Joana Alves came up with a big play in the paint, finishing a shot while being fouled with 1:25 to play in the fourth. She missed the ensuing free throw and LMU scored on the other end, taking a 58-55 lead. With 48 seconds left, Sanders got a look from the right corner and hit a tying three-pointer.
Makenzie Cast came back with a three to give LMU a 61-58 lead with 32 seconds showing on the clock. SU missed a shot on its possession, but Sanders grabbed an offensive board and was fouled. She split two free throws to close the deficit. The visitors made a free throw to regain a three-point margin, and two late tying attempts went missing for Seattle U, allowing Loyola Marymount to escape with the win.
Best led SU with 17 points, including 6-6 foul shooting. Sanders contributed 12 points and five rebounds, while Metoyer added nine points, four boards, four steals, and three assists in 36 minutes.
Best continued her stellar shooting from beyond the three-point arc in the first quarter, sinking two treys in the early going. Montgomery and Sanders also scored as SU hung in with the Lions. LMU eventually grabbed a 19-12 advantage, but a Jacinta Beckley free throw and a Montgomery layup got the hosts within four to close the frame.
In the second period, Sanders hit a jumper and Wilma Afunugo scored in the lane. After an LMU hoop, Metoyer sank a three to pull SU within 23-22. After the visitors reclaimed a five-point margin, Genessa Bedoya converted a pair of foul shots and Afunugo made a lay-in. Two Best free throws pushed Seattle U ahead, 28-27 late in the half. Following a Lion foul shot, Best drained two more of her own with 46 seconds remaining, as the Redhawks posted a 30-28 halftime edge.
SU concludes its four-game home stand on Friday, Dec. 2. The Redhawks welcome Montana to the Connolly Complex for a 7 p.m. tip.