SEATTLE – (Feb. 22) Seattle University women’s basketball fell, 64-57, to Grand Canyon Thursday evening. Nine different Redhawks scored in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game at the Connolly Complex.
"We struggled offensively tonight," said Coach Suzy Barcomb. "That puts us in no-mistake mode on defense, which is a tough spot. Alexis is doing everything she can for us, but we need to get other people going."
Down 52-47 with 2:57 to play, SU (13-14, 7-5 WAC) worked to find a way back into the game. Alexis Montgomery scored to trim the deficit and after Ashlyn Lewey secured a defensive rebound, Montgomery split a pair of foul shots, making it 52-50 with 1:44 to go. The Redhawks forced another GCU (14-12, 8-4 WAC) miss, as Jacinta Beckley corralled the board. After a timeout, Montgomery connected to even the game at 52 with 1:05 remaining.
The Lopes answered with a three-pointer with 36 seconds left. Beckley made 1-2 at the line and the hosts never got closer, as GCU converted on nine consecutive free throws to come away with a victory.
Montgomery led SU with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season. Eight other Redhawks scored, with Kamira Sanders tallying eight points to top that group. Seattle U outrebounded its foe, 43-37 and held a 15-3 advantage in bench points.
Both teams found a rhythm offensively early, with SU scoring on its first five possessions to take an 10-6 advantage after just 3:20 of action. Sanders scored and then Beckley connected inside. McKenzi Williams followed with a pair of layups to keep SU flowing. The Redhawks collected a pair of offensive rebounds on their next trip, ending with a Montgomery jumper for a four-point advantage.
GCU evened the score, but Montgomery set up Joana Alves for a layup at the 4:56 mark. A Madeline Dopplick three-pointer made it 17-13 and then Genessa Bedoya grabbed a board and eventually sank a short jumper to stretch the margin with 2:33 left in the quarter. Dopplick scored in the paint in the next minute, giving Seattle U a 21-13 lead through 10 minutes. The hosts made 9-15 field goals (60 percent) in the opening frame.
The defenses gained control in the second period, as the Redhawks did not score until the 3:33 mark in the quarter. Stellar defense allowed SU to stay close, though, as it held the visitors without a made field goal for the final 6:40 of the period. The Lopes took a 22-21 edge midway through, but Ashlyn Lewey drilled a three to put the home side ahead and then Montgomery found Lewey for another trey with 1:21 left, putting SU up, 27-22, to close the half.
A Montgomery jumper opened the third, but the Lopes quickly cut their margin to two. Beckley’s layup made it 31-27, and after a Grand Canyon hoop, Montgomery nailed a jumper. SU converted six free throws to stay ahead and then Kallin Spiller scored twice to end the period, giving the home team a 43-39 edge after three. GCU rallied with a solid open to the decisive quarter.
The Redhawks host first-place CSU Bakersfield on Saturday. Tip-off for the WAC contest is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.