SEATTLE (Feb. 15) – Seattle University women’s basketball goes on the road for the final time in the 2016-17 regular season this weekend. It will play key Western Athletic Conference (WAC) games at Grand Canyon on Thursday, Feb. 16, and then at CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Seattle U is 8-1 in WAC competition and stands alone in second place, 1.5 games behind New Mexico State. CSUB is in third place with a 6-3 mark, with UTRGV next at 6-4. GCU has a 4-5 record in league play, but the Lopes are ineligible for the WAC Tournament.

The Redhawks have won four straight entering this weekend, including a 74-52 win over UMKC on Feb. 11. They shot 55.3 percent from the floor and Alexis Montgomery recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with 7 assists. The contest was played in front of a season-high 652 fans, who came out to support SU’s Play4Kay event at the Connolly Complex.

Grand Canyon has dropped three in a row, all on the road. On Feb. 12, the Lopes lost, 67-60, at NM State. Marina Laramie put up 26 points and Brie Mobley notched 14 points and 11 boards, but GCU surrendered a nine-point halftime advantage.

Thursday’s game will match up the two top scorers in the WAC. Laramie is averaging 19.9 points per game, while Montgomery is second with 16.3 points. Montgomery ranks third in the conference with 8.0 boards a game, with GCU’s Zelor Massaquoi second with 8.2 rebounds.

Redhawk senior Kaylee Best needs 14 points to score 1,000 for her career. She leads the WAC in made three-pointers this season with 59.

On Jan. 21, Seattle U played its best game of the season on its way to an 86-60 victory over Grand Canyon at the Connolly Complex. SU hit 53.3 percent from the field, including 9-20 three-pointers. It scored at least 20 points in all four periods and outrebounded GCU, 37-23. Montgomery led with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Kamira Sanders scored a career-high 24 points on 11-14 shooting. Mobley paced the Lopes with 28 points in the defeat.