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SEATTLE (Jan. 5) - Seattle University women’s basketball opens Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play on Saturday, Jan. 7, as CSU Bakersfield visits the Connolly Complex. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
SU (3-12) dropped a 68-64 decision to CSUN on Dec. 29. Alexis Montgomery scored 25 points, while Jacinta Beckley recorded a career-high 16 points in her first start of the season. The Redhawks rallied from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit, as Beckley drained a tying three-pointer with 1:11 remaining. The Matadors regained the lead on their next possession, though, and then converted enough free throws to hold off Seattle U.
CSU Bakersfield (5-9) is coming off a rain-shortened 57-49 win over Cal Poly on Dec. 31. The Roadrunners were leading the contest when the roof at the Icardo Center began to leak. The game was delayed and eventually called, with Bakersfield being declared the winner. Erika Williams led the hosts with 13 points and 3 assists.
Montgomery has been one of the top players in the WAC leading up to conference action. The senior is averaging 15.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She is also shooting 43.8 percent from field. Kaylee Best is putting up 14.3 points and 4.2 boards a game.
Williams paces CSU Bakersfield with 12.3 points per game. She is hitting 47.1 percent of her three-point attempts. Aja Williams is next with 11.4 points, while Jazmyne Bartee is blocking two shots per game, most in the WAC.
CSUB was voted to finish fourth in both WAC preseason polls, while Seattle U was picked to place seventh by coaches and media.
Last season, the Roadrunners took three games from SU, including a WAC Tournament first-round contest.