SEATTLE (Feb. 24) – Seattle University women’s basketball hosts New Mexico State in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.
SU is hosting its annual Search for Meaning Book Festival on Saturday. Fans should prepare for an increase in traffic on campus, as well as congested parking near Connolly.
Seattle U can clinch the second seed in the WAC Tournament with a win. NM State has already secured the top spot in the conference playoffs.
The Redhawks (12-15, 9-3 WAC) dropped a 58-57 decision to UTRGV on Thursday night. Hildor Bjorg Kjartansdottir made a putback at the buzzer to lift the Vaqueros to victory. Alexis Montgomery recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Kaylee Best tallied 12 points, 7 assists, and 5 boards in the contest.
NM State (20-6, 12-0 WAC) won, 66-53, at Utah Valley on Thursday. Zaire Williams scored 17 points, while Moriah Mack added 14 points. The Aggies shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the field in the WAC win. New Mexico State clinched the WAC regular season title for the third straight year with the win.
On Jan. 26, the Redhawks pushed NM State to overtime before falling, 73-69, on the road. Seattle U held the Aggies to five points in the fourth quarter, rallying to force OT. Claire Metoyer hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:40 left, but the hosts came back and escaped with a victory.
Montgomery paces SU with 16.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game this season. Best is next with 13.6 points per contest. She recently scored her 1,000th career point.
For New Mexico State, Brooke Salas, Mack, and Tamera William lead a balanced attack. Salas is the high scorer at 13.8 points, while Mack is putting up 12.9 points and 2.7 assists. William is adding 10.5 points and a team-leading 6.3 boards per game.