DENVER – (March 5) Three members of Seattle University women’s basketball were named 2017-18 All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC), according to a release by the conference Monday morning. Alexis Montgomery was chosen first team and all-defense, Kallin Spiller earned WAC Freshman of the Year and all-newcomer team, and Jacinta Beckley picked up second team recognition.
Montgomery repeated as a first team and all-defense selection. The senior started all 20 games and averaged 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, both best in the WAC this season. She became the first player in WAC history to post two triple-doubles and claim six WAC weekly awards. The native of Beaverton, Ore., led the league with 17 double-doubles this season.
“She has elevated every aspect of her game from last year to this year,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Her understanding of the game and her leadership have improved and she’s more comfortable with what we’re asking her to do. Defense is also one of her most improved areas, as she can guard multiple positions.”
Spiller is SU’s second straight WAC Freshman of the Year winner, following Kamira Sanders last year. In 14 WAC starts, Spiller averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She shot 50 percent from the field and logged 1.1 blocks per game. The Seattle native ranked in the top six among WAC players in rebounding, field goal percentage, and blocked shots. Spiller tallied four double-doubles this season. SU becomes the first school to win consecutive WAC Freshman of the Year honors. Spiller was also chosen for the conference’s all-newcomer team.
“Our goal is to have WAC Freshman of the Year every season,” said Barcomb. “It’s important to recruit impact freshman and Kallin has been one of those this year. She learned a lot of tough lessons in our non-conference schedule and she got better from those. She has persevered and stepped up for us in conference.”
In her senior season, Beckley posted 13.3 points and 4.6 boards per game. She led the Redhawks with 47 made three-pointers this season. The native of Wellington, New Zealand, connected on 85 percent of her free throw attempts in WAC play. Beckley scored in double figures 21 times this season, including a career-high 25 points in SU’s win over New Mexico State on Jan. 18. She claimed her first career double-double in a win over CSU Bakersfield, putting up 15 points and 11 rebounds on Feb. 24.
“Her ability to stretch the defense is big,” said Barcomb. “She can consistently knock down the jumper and go in to get rebounds. She is a real key for our team.”
Seattle U heads to Las Vegas for the WAC Championship this week. It will take on Kansas City in the first round on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at The Orleans Arena.