LAS CRUCES, N.M. – (Feb. 18) Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 64-53, at New Mexico State Sunday afternoon. Alexis Montgomery and Kallin Spiller both recorded double-doubles in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at the Pan American Center.
Seattle U sports a 7-4 WAC record with three games remaining in the regular season. CSU Bakersfield paces the league with a 9-2 mark, while NMSU has taken second with an 8-3 record. SU and Grand Canyon are tied for third entering Thursday's contest at the Connolly Complex.
Montgomery was terrific in the first half, sinking 6-10 field-goal tries, including a pair of three-pointers. She opened the day with a jumper for a 2-0 lead. After nine straight Aggie points, Montgomery sank a trey at the 6:02 mark. McKenzi Williams scored inside and then Montgomery drained another triple, making it 14-10 with 1:24 to go in the frame. The hosts hit a three of their own, but Jacinta Beckley finished a Kamira Sanders dish, cutting the deficit to 17-12 after a quarter.
In the second period, Montgomery again started the scoring, nailing a jumper to make it a three-point difference. The senior then found Kallin Spiller for a layup to pull SU within 17-16 with 6:31 showing on the clock. NM State (14-11, 8-3 WAC) scored, but Montgomery answered with a jump shot. After another Aggie hoop, Beckley assisted on a Williams jumper. New Mexico State scored again, but Beckley pulled up from two feet behind the three-point line on the left wing, drilling a tying three at the 4:02 mark.
A Genessa Bedoya lay-in gave the Redhawks a 25-23 advantage in the next minute, but a Brooke Salas three-point play put the home side back ahead. Another Montgomery mid-range bucket kept SU (13-13, 7-4 WAC) close as the teams went into halftime with NM State up, 32-28.
Sanders and Spiller both scored early in the third, but the Aggies quickly pulled away, grabbing a 47-32 advantage with 5:21 left in the period. An Ashlyn Lewey triple capped a 6-0 spurt, but the hosts grabbed an 11-point margin going into the fourth.
Beckley scored and Lewey converted two foul shots in the final frame, but NMSU had answers at each turn. The Redhawks worked to rally, but the Aggies maintained control down the stretch.
“New Mexico State did a good job of taking out of our game,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We didn’t do a good job combatting that today. This was a disappointing road trip for us, but we’ll go back home and regroup.”
Montgomery logged 18 points and 12 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season. Spiller finished with 10 points and a career-high 15 boards, while Beckley added 10 points. Spiller now has four double-doubles this season. The Redhawks held a 48-42 advantage in rebounding.
SU returns home for its final three games of the regular season. Next weekend, it welcomes Grand Canyon on Thursday and CSU Bakersfield on Saturday at the Connolly Complex.