SEATTLE – (Feb. 10) Seattle University women’s basketball beat Chicago State, 72-60, Saturday afternoon. Jacinta Beckley scored 23 points as the Redhawks improved to 7-2 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) action in the Play4Kay game at the Connolly Complex.

“I think Thursday was an emotional game and it was hard for us to come right back from that,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “We got out to a good start, but we got sloppy with the ball. It was a total team effort. McKenzi played with energy. She got out on the break and caused some trouble today.”

With the win and New Mexico State’s loss to Grand Canyon, SU is alone in second place in the WAC standings with a 7-2 mark. CSU Bakersfield leads the conference with an 8-2 record.

On Saturday, the Redhawks (13-11, 7-2 WAC) grinded out a victory, moving to 4-0 at home in the WAC. Beckley led a terrific day at the free throw line, as SU hit 19-22 foul shots, including Beckley’s 8-8 showing. The home side also controlled the glass, holding a 42-25 advantage in rebounding. Alexis Montgomery recorded 17 boards to lead the effort.

Madeline Dopplick sank a three-pointer to begin scoring, as both teams struggled offensively to start. A Joana Alves bucket made it 7-2 at the 4:47 mark. After a Cougar hoop, Beckley finished a dish from Montgomery for a 9-4 margin.

The visitors hit a three, but Ashlyn Lewey came off the bench to sink a trey with 1:39 to go in the period. Beckley’s jumper in the final minute gave SU a 14-7 lead through a quarter. CSU hit just 3-15 field-goal attempts in the period.

Chicago State (1-24, 1-9 WAC) scored twice to open the second, but Beckley connected on two foul shots to keep a cushion. Lewey answered a Cougar hoop with her second triple of the half, as the Redhawks grabbed a 19-13 difference at the 7:04 mark.

Dopplick connected in the lane to stretch the lead and then Beckley drilled a three-pointer for a 26-15 advantage with 1:51 left. Neither team scored until an Alves putback with 22 seconds to go gave the Redhawks a 13-point halftime lead.

The teams traded baskets for the much of the third frame, with the hosts maintaining a double-digit lead. Kallin Spiller found Montgomery for a layup on the first possession of the quarter, but the Cougars came back with seven straight points.

Montgomery followed with a trey at the 6:20 mark, moving into seventh on SU’s all-time scoring list. Dopplick hit a jumper for a 36-23 advantage with 4:35 remaining, and then Montgomery set up Beckley for a lay-in with a long pass ahead of the pack.

Montgomery pulled down a rebound and sprinted out, dishing to McKenzi Williams for a layup on the break. Williams scored twice more as the quarter closed, as SU held a 46-34 margin after three quarters.

Williams added another basket early in the fourth as the Redhawks looked to hold their margin. Beckley made it a 10-point difference, but CSU rallied, getting within 52-46 at the 3:58 mark. Montgomery was there to hit two shots, though, and SU hit its free throws late to hold off the Cougars.

Beckley shot 7-13 from the field on her way to 23 points. Montgomery tallied her 13th double-double of the season with 13 points and 17 rebounds. She also handed out six assists to go with three blocks and three steals. Williams scored a career-high 12 points, pulling down five rebounds as well. Dopplick notched 11 points.

Montgomery passed Lisa Hill on SU's career scoring list. Hill scored 1,350 points at Seattle U. Montgomery now has 1,360 points as a Redhawk.

The Redhawks pack up for their final regular-season road trip next week, as they head to UTRGV and New Mexico State for a pair of WAC games.