SEATTLE – (Nov. 4) Seattle University women’s basketball took down Central Washington, 104-57, in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon. Seven different players scored in double figures as the Redhawks shot 55.3 percent from the field at the Connolly Complex.
“It took us a bit to eliminate the jitters, but once we did, we played well on both ends of the floor,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We were able to get significant minutes to everyone tonight."
After a back-and-forth first quarter that ended with SU ahead, 27-20, the Redhawks pulled away with a 27-8 showing in the second period. Baskets by Ashlyn Lewey, Alexis Montgomery, and Kamira Sanders gave Seattle U breathing room early in the frame, and Delaney McCann scored inside twice to make it 37-23 with 6:46 left in the half.
A pair of Lewey treys stretched the margin further and then a Jacinta Beckley triple gave SU a 52-28 advantage. Beckley followed with two free throws for a 54-28 halftime difference. In the first 20 minutes, SU shot 54 percent from the floor.
In the third quarter, the Redhawks were even better offensively, putting up 29 points on 12-19 (63.2 percent) field-goal shooting. McCann converted a layup and after a Lewey three, McCann sank a trey of her own for a 62-30 lead.
Montgomery went inside for a bucket and then drained a triple as the advantage ballooned to 70-30 with 5:48 remaining in the third. Later, McCann drilled a three-pointer and then Sanders closed the period with two lay-ins as the Redhawks went up 83-37 after 30 minutes.
Newcomers Madeline Dopplick, McKenzi Williams, and Leilia Orji each hit jumpers early in the fourth as SU grabbed an 89-43 lead. Carla Bieg and Genessa Bedoya both scored down the stretch, as the Redhawks romped.
“We made the extra pass tonight and shared the ball well, which gave us good looks from the three-point line,” said Barcomb. “It was a good start for us as we continue to develop our team.”
Montgomery paced SU with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists in 21 minutes. Sanders put up 15 points, seven boards, and four helpers. Beckley posted 15 points and five rebounds, while McCann claimed 14 points and seven rebounds. Lewey added 11 points on 3-5 shooting from deep, while Dopplick and Williams each logged 10 points.
As a team, Seattle U shot 55.3 (42-76) percent from the field and 11-21 (52.4 percent) from three-point land. It held a 52-34 advantage on the glass and scored 56 points in the paint.
Seattle U opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10, as Idaho State visits the Connolly Complex.