SEATTLE – (Nov. 22) Seattle University women’s basketball outscored Portland State, 91-77, Wednesday night. The Redhawks made a season-high 12 three-pointers at the Connolly Complex on their way to 91 points-their highest point total under second-year Coach Suzy Barcomb.
“We switched to a zone defense (midway through the game) and that gave our offense confidence,” said Barcomb, who picked up her 350th career win Wednesday. “When you start hitting threes, it’s contagious. We ran some really good sets tonight.”
The game was filled with moments of individual brilliance, as three players scored 25 or more points in the contest. Alexis Montgomery led SU (3-2) with 25 points and 13 rebounds, notching her second double-double in three outings. Kamira Sanders continued her run of terrific early-season play, putting up 16 points, a career-high nine assists (with seven coming on SU three-pointers), and four rebounds. Jacinta Beckley scored a career-high 20 points and matched a personal best with eight boards. Madeline Dopplick tallied 14 points, sinking 4-6 treys, while freshman Kallin Spiller came off the bench to claim 10 points and six rebounds-both career highs.
The first half was a wild affair, with the teams combining to score 90 in 20 minutes of play. Sanders made a layup to open SU’s scoring and then Montgomery scored her first hoop at the 8:02 mark, finishing an and-one opportunity. After PSU (1-4) went ahead, 11-5, Beckley sank a three and then Montgomery found Spiller ahead of the pack for a layup to make it a one-point deficit.
The visitors kept hitting shots and grabbed a 20-10 lead with 4:16 left in the first. After a McKenzi Williams jumper, the Vikings continued to pull away, going up, 25-12. Seattle U then closed the quarter on a 9-0 run to get back into the contest. Williams made a steal and assisted on a Sanders lay-in and then Beckley drained her second triple of the period with 1:50 to go. SU’s spurt rolled on, as Sanders scored in transition and then Montgomery capped the frame with a bucket to make it 25-21.
The momentum went into the second period, as Beckley and Sanders each scored to tie the game at 25 with 9:23 remaining, bringing the run to 13 straight points. After PSU scored, Sanders came up with a steal and then scored on the other end. Sidney Rielly hit again for the Vikings, but Beckley set up a Dopplick trey to give the Redhawks its first lead of the night at 30-29 with 7:34 showing on the clock.
The visitors regained the lead twice, but Sanders was unstoppable, making a layup, and after a Montgomery three, Sanders found her senior teammate for a second triple to give SU a 38-33 advantage.
Montgomery followed with a jumper. PSU made two free throws to stay close, but Sanders assisted on an Ashlyn Lewey three-pointer. After a Viking basket, Sanders scored twice more, as the sophomore shot 8-9 from the field in the first half. Another Montgomery jump shot gave Seattle U a 49-41 lead at halftime. The Redhawks shot 12-18 (66.7 percent) from the field in the second frame.
Beckley romped to open the third, scoring eight points in 80 seconds. A putback got the hosts going to open the third. She followed with a three-point play to make it 54-43 with 7:41 to go. Beckley capped her burst with a triple to give Seattle U a 57-43 margin.
After a pair of PSU hoops, Montgomery drilled a three with 6:11 left. A minute later, Spiller scored in the lane. The visitors responded with a mini-run, getting within eight before another Montgomery three-ball. The Vikings again worked to get closer, but Dopplick was there for a trey and a layup to put her side ahead, 70-60. PSU scored to close the third, but it was an eight-point difference for the Redhawks.
Montgomery started the fourth with two buckets. Portland State looked to hang in, but after making it a six-point game, Sanders hit Dopplick for a three and a 78-69 advantage at the 6:07 mark.
SU went to the board to seal the decision, as Spiller scored on two straight trips via offensive rebounds and lay-ins. Dopplick then nailed a triple to give the Redhawks an 85-74 lead with 3:12 left. Beckley and Spiller scored in the paint and then Beckley’s layup put SU over 90 points on the night.
Seattle U logged season highs in points (91), made field goals (38), field goal attempts (78), field goal percentage (.487), made threes (12), three-point field goal percentage (.500), rebounds (47), and assists (21).
SU welcomes UC Davis for another non-conference game on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.