BERKELEY, Calif. – (Nov. 30) Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 87-67, at No. 24 Cal Thursday. Alexis Montgomery became the 17th player in program history to score 1,000 career points in the contest at Haas Pavilion.
"It's amazing to see what the Cal coaching staff has done with this program," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "The atmosphere was electric. In the first half, we were pretty intimidated. We settled in more in the second half."
Montgomery started out well, scoring SU’s first five points. Cal began to pull away, but a Jacinta Beckley three kept the Redhawks in it. The hosts, buoyed by a raucous kids day crowd of 4,362, crashed the glass and grabbed a 25-10 advantage after a quarter.
In the second period, the Bears increased their margin, as layups by Kallin Spiller and Leilia Orji were answered by Cal hoops. Delaney McCann ran out ahead for a lay-in at the 4:50 mark, making it a 38-17 difference. Less than a minute later, Montgomery drove and scored in the lane while being fouled. The senior hit her ensuing free throw to get to 999 career points.
After a pair of Cal buckets, Montgomery broke down the Bears’ press and hit Spiller at the three-point line. Spiller passed back to Montgomery on the right wing, where Montgomery dribbled into a 15-foot jumper and swished, giving her 1,000 points at SU.
Down 44-24 at the half, Seattle U battled back in the second half, matching the Bears basket for basket. Beckley scored and then Montgomery made a layup. After a Cal score, Montgomery sank a trey at the 8:19 mark. McKenzi Williams came up with a steal and set up a Kamira Sanders layup to get the Redhawks within 46-33 with 7:35 to go in the third and force a Bear timeout.
Cal scored on its next trip, but Beckley made a shot in the lane and then drained a triple off a Montgomery assist to make it a 13-point game. The home side responded with a run to regain control before another Beckley bucket late in the frame.
SU played well in the fourth period, hitting five three-pointers. Montgomery made a jumper and then sank a three early in the frame. Sanders scored on a putback and then Montgomery scored again to trim the deficit. Williams connected on two treys and after a Montgomery basket, Williams splashed again, banking in a three to make it 82-62 with 2:07 remaining. Montgomery scored again to get to 26 points and then Madeline Dopplick hit a triple to close the scoring.
Montgomery finished with 26 points and seven rebounds. Beckley tallied 15 points and five boards.
Montgomery has appeared in 87 career games. Kaylee Best was the most recent Redhawk to go over 1,000 points, achieving the feat last February at Grand Canyon.
"Lex has become a consistent scorer," said Barcomb. "She can score in a lot of different ways. It's great to see her score 1,000."
SU returns home to host San Diego on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.