SEATTLE – (Jan. 20) Seattle University women’s basketball picked up its fourth consecutive win with a 64-56 victory over UTRGV Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks remained in a tie at the top of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) standings with the win in front of a season-best crowd of 860 fans at the Connolly Complex.

“It took us a little bit to get going offensively,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Then we got in a really nice rhythm later in the first half. Ashlyn was key for us today-she provided a spark off the bench. For us to get a home sweep is outstanding. Now, we’ve got a week to prepare for Bakersfield.

The SU defense was strong Saturday, holding UTRGV to 30.5 percent field-goal shooting, a season-low percentage against the Redhawks this season. The Vaqueros hit just 3-18 three-point attempts. By points allowed, Seattle U has tallied its four best defensive outputs in its last four games, as UTRGV matched a season-best 56 points allowed.

SU (10-10, 4-1 WAC) broke open a close game midway through the second quarter and was never seriously threatened on its way to a home sweep this weekend. Up 23-20, Jacinta Beckley swished a three-pointer from Alexis Montgomery and then Beckley set up a Montgomery transition hoop for a 28-20 lead at the 3:11 mark.

The senior duo then extended a Redhawk possession with an offensive rebound apiece, leading to a Montgomery three-point play. After a UTRGV (10-10, 0-5 WAC) hoop, Beckley drained two foul shots. The visitors came back with a free throw, but on the half’s final possession, Kamira Sanders found Montgomery open in the corner. The senior calmly canned the trey at the buzzer, sending Seattle U into the locker room with a 36-23 lead.

In the first half, Beckley, Montgomery, and Madeline Dopplick each hit two threes to ignite the Redhawk attack.

SU looked to stretch its margin in the third period, but each run was answered by the Vaqueros. Montgomery opened Redhawk scoring with two free throws and then a jumper. Baskets by Beckley and Kallin Spiller made it 44-30 and then Montgomery finished a putback, giving the home side a 46-30 advantage with 6:17 to play in the frame. The visitors tried to stay in the game, inching to within 11 through 30 minutes.

Ashlyn Lewey scored after an offensive board to start the fourth, and after a UTRGV hoop, Beckley converted her own offensive rebound for a 56-43 score. Spiller tallied a pair of layups to fend off any Vaquero comeback hopes and then Sanders and Lewey made free throws to create the final margin.

Montgomery scored a game-high 19 points, adding eight rebounds, including five offensive, five assists, and two blocks in 38 minutes. Beckley contributed 17 points and six boards, while Spiller worked through foul trouble on her way to 10 points and four rebounds. Sanders claimed four points, nine rebounds, and five assists in 37 minutes of play. Lewey came off the bench to post six points and four boards.

The contest got out to a glacial start, with UTRGV holding a 2-0 lead after nearly five minutes. Sanders and Montgomery both scored on consecutive possessions to get the Redhawks on the board in the sixth minute of play.

The hosts fared better after that, with Montgomery sinking a three and Beckley converting a three-point play. Dopplick kept things rolling with a triple as the margin expanded to 13-4 with 1:40 left in the frame. Lewey hit a pull-up in transition and the Redhawks closed the first with a 15-8 advantage.

Dopplick sank a triple early in the second and then Spiller scored for a 20-12 lead after three minutes. A Beckley trey made it 23-17 at the 4:16 mark, as the Redhawks prepared to take control of the contest. 

SU heads to CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Jan. 27, for its next WAC contest