On Thursday, Feb. 9 Seattle University women’s basketball team got the win against Utah Valley at Lockhart Arena, 69-51, further advancing their position in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) standings, 6-1.
All eyes in the arena were on senior wing Alexis Montgomery, as she contributed to the team’s overall win with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Senior wing Kaylee Best scored 15 points, five assists and four boards. Senior guard Claire Metoyer also played strongly, advancing the Redhawks with eight points and seven rebounds.
In the first quarter, the student- athletes covered a lot with various techniques that the team has been practicing throughout the season. Montgomery scored a 3-pointer, junior guard Delanie Parry had two free throws, marking her first free throws of the season, and Best scored a 3-pointer at the buzzer that ended the first quarter.
During the second quarter of the game, Best and the Redhawks worked to score a total of 22 points, giving Seattle U a 34-22 lead.
“Our scout team did a great job preparing us all week,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “Our execution in the first half was pretty spot-on. When they cut the lead [in the second half], we did a great job of answering the bell.” Utah Valley was catching up in the final seconds of the third quarter, 41-27. Best managed to score a 3-pointer, but Utah Valley returned with a 3-pointer as well, ending the quarter 44-40.
Seattle U’s offense picked up in the fourth quarter and ultimately propelled them to victory. Montgomery had her fourth double- double in five games. She helped them win along with the bench and defense. The bench outscored UVU’s 17-0, while the Redhawk’s defense held the team to 27 percent shooting from the floor.
The Redhawks win tonight against the Wolverines proved a major comeback as last season the Redhawks lost both games played against Utah Valley.
In 2016, at their first game against each other on Jan. 28, Utah Valley won by 17 points at the Connolly Center, 61-44, and won again on Feb. 27, this time by 31 points, 79-48, in Orem, Utah.
Their next game is Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., against Chicago State at the Connolly Complex.
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