SEATTLE – (Feb. 8) Alexis Montgomery recorded a triple-double to lead Seattle University women’s basketball to a 66-62 win over Kansas City Thursday evening. The senior put up 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in the tight Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at the Connolly Complex.
“We changed how we were attacking in the fourth quarter,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We made some plays down the stretch that put us over the top tonight.”
The Redhawks (12-11, 6-2 WAC) played with a slim cushion for much of the night, but the Roos tied the game at 54 with 6:02 to play in the fourth quarter. UMKC (8-16, 4-5 WAC) grabbed the lead at the 5:55 mark, but McKenzi Williams set up Madeline Dopplick for a three-pointer to put SU back ahead, 57-56.
Dopplick blocked a Roo shot and then Montgomery drove and assisted on a Spiller layup with 3:32 to play. The dish put the Redhawks up by three and gave Montgomery her 10th assist of the night. She had already reached double figures in points and boards, lifting her to the program’s first triple-double in its Division I history.
After a Kansas City free throw, Montgomery scored inside at the 1:14 mark for a 61-57 margin. The Roos split another pair of foul shots, leading to a SU timeout. The Redhawks drew up a terrific play, as Montgomery hit Jacinta Beckley on the baseline, who tapped a pass to Kallin Spiller. The freshman finished in the lane for a 63-58 advantage. Montgomery and Spiller went 3-4 at the line to close out the decision.
The win gives Seattle U the season sweep of the Roos for a second straight season.
Montgomery played nearly the entire game, shooting 5-12 from the floor. She added two blocks and a steal to her fantastic line. In her last outing, Montgomery claimed 15 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds in a win at Utah Valley.
“She is a special player,” said Barcomb. “She’s playing really good basketball right now.”
Joana Alves scored a career-high 12 points, going 6-6 from the foul stripe. Spiller tallied 13 points, while Beckley contributed 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Dopplick added eight points, four boards, two steals, and a block.
Seattle U held the visitors to 34.4 percent (22-64) shooting from the floor, as the defense forced Kansas City to connect on just 15-49 field-goal shooting in the final three periods.
After falling behind, 18-9, late in the first period, SU worked its way back into the game. Alves made two free throws to close first-quarter scoring. Ashlyn Lewey drained a three-pointer to start the second frame and then Alves sank two more foul shots. After a Kansas City bucket, Alves found Williams for a layup. Montgomery pulled down a rebound and headed the way for a jumper, tying the game at 20 with 7:40 remaining in the half.
A Beckley jump shot put SU up, and after a Roo hoop, the senior scored again. At the 4:11 mark, Montgomery found Dopplick for a lay-in and a four-point lead. Alves converted twice inside in the closing moments of the half, as the hosts took a 30-26 lead into halftime.
The teams battled back and forth in the third, with SU only able to get its lead up to four. The home side went into the fourth frame with a 46-43 margin.
To start the final quarter, Montgomery quickly racked up assists, finding Beckley and Lewey for triples in the first minute of play, putting the Redhawks up, 52-45. UMKC rallied from there, though, setting up the end game.
SU will host Chicago State on Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.