PHOENIX – (Jan. 6) Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 74-63, at Grand Canyon Saturday afternoon. Four Redhawks scored in double figures in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opener at the GCU Arena.
“We lack a sense of urgency,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “When teams try to take away Alexis, we don't have a fire inside of us. It’s the same thing we’ve seen all season.”
The hosts had a strong start, going up 11-2 with 6:24 left in the first period. Joana Alves scored to stem the tide and then Kamira Sanders set up a Jacinta Beckley three from the top of the key. After a Lope free throw, Sanders converted a pair of foul shots. On SU’s next trip, Alves found Madeline Dopplick for a trey, tying the contest at 12 with 4:26 remaining in the frame.
GCU (7-8, 1-0 WAC) scored to regain the edge, but a McKenzi Williams drive and lay-in evened the score. Kallin Spiller’s free throw put the Redhawks ahead briefly, but the home side answered with a three to go up, 17-15. Spiller followed with a steal and a jumper, sending the game to a 17-17 tie after a quarter.
The Lopes warmed up in the second period, connecting on five three-pointers and holding SU to just six points. Montgomery got her first bucket on a jumper, Beckley made two foul shots, and Spiller scored inside, but the Lopes held a 37-23 advantage after 20 minutes. GCU shot 7-11 (63.6 percent) from three-point range in the half.
Seattle U (6-10, 0-1 WAC) got rolling early in the third, scoring the first seven points of the second half to test the Lopes. Spiller made a layup, Sanders scored in the lane, and then Spiller assisted on a Sanders triple, making it 37-30 and forcing a GCU timeout with 8:16 showing on the clock. After another defensive stop, Montgomery drained a jumper to get within five. The hosts scored, but Beckley replied with a layup, and then Montgomery grabbed a rebound and scored on SU’s ensuing possession, pulling the Redhawks within 39-36 at the 6:13 mark.
After GCU attempted to pull away, Spiller converted a putback to make it 43-40. The Lopes closed well in the frame, though, outscoring SU, 12-2, to wrap the period.
SU battled in the fourth, working to rally, but the home side held off all efforts and came away with the decision in the conference premiere.
Sanders and Spiller both recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds, as both hit 6-10 field goal tries. Montgomery added 14 points and 9 boards, while Beckley notched 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. Brie Mobley paced GCU with 30 points in 28 minutes.
SU held a 37-32 advantage on the glass and outscored the Lopes, 17-5, on second-chance points.
The Redhawks travel to Chicago State and Kansas City for a pair of WAC contests next weekend.