SEATTLE (Feb. 10) – The Seattle University women’s basketball team will host UMKC at the Connolly Complex on Saturday, Feb. 11. The 4 p.m. game marks SU’s annual Play4Kay contest, with donations going towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The contest is the WAC Game of the Week and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the WAC Digital Network. Tickets are nearly sold out and fans should buy tickets in advance at the link listed at the top of this story.
Following the game, there will be a Women in Leadership reception presented by Alaska Airlines and sponsored by Swedish Health Services. Director of Athletics Shaney Fink and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Kaleigh Gilchrist will speak at the event in the Connolly Complex. As part of SU’s celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, fans will be able to get a picture with Gilchrist and her gold medal.
The Redhawks will wear special pink warm-ups and pink T-shirts will be available to purchase for $10 at the game. All proceeds will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Coach Suzy Barcomb’s squad won, 82-53, over Chicago State Thursday night, improving to 7-1 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). SU shot a season-high 60 percent, tallying 20 assists. Eleven different players scored, led by Wilma Afunugo’s season-high 19 points off the bench. Seattle U outrebounded CSU, 35-18, and scored 52 points in the paint.
UMKC (6-16, 1-8 WAC) is coming off a 58-39 loss at Utah Valley Thursday. The ‘Roos scored just 15 points in the first half, falling behind by 12 at the break. They shot 30.9 percent from the field. Samantha Waldron led with 13 points, hitting three three-pointers.
Alexis Montgomery has been one of the top performers in the WAC this season, leading SU in scoring (16.0), rebounding (7.9), and assists (2.9). She narrowly missed her sixth double-double of the season on Thursday, putting up nine points and 10 rebounds against Chicago State.
Waldron paces UMKC with 12.9 points per game. She has made a team-leading 46 treys. Kristen Moore is averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 boards a game.
In WAC play, Seattle U ranks second in the league with 70.8 points per game, while the ‘Roos are seventh with 52.6 points a game.
On January 12, the Redhawks took a 75-65 decision at UMKC. SU put together a strong second half, shooting over 54 percent from the field and scoring 41 points to pull away for the road win. Kaylee Best posted 21 points and making four triples. Afunugo and Jacinta Beckley each scored 13 points. Moore topped UMKC with 22 points and 7 boards, while Waldron added 19 points, but on 3-14 field goal shooting.