Seattle U women win conference, make NCAA tournament
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kamira Sanders scored 20 points and Alexis Montgomery added 15 to lead Seattle past Cal State Bakersfield 57-54 on Saturday and win its first Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
Madeline Dopplick added 11 points for the fourth-seeded Redhawks (18-14), who claim the title after making four appearances in the championship game since 2013.
Sanders, who was tournament MVP, had five rebounds and made all six free-throw attempts. Montgomery, who had six rebounds, also made all nine of her attempts at the foul line. The Redhawks now await word to where they are going for the NCAA Tournament.
Seattle could not pull way throughout, including owning a 55-47 lead with 3:33 left. The Roadrunners scored the next seven points, including a Jazmine Johnson layup with 27 seconds left.
But Sanders, who was fouled on a shot in the lane, converted both free throws six seconds later.
Cal State Bakersfield (18-13) could not get a 3-point attempt on its next possession as Johnson's runner in the lane missed. The Roadrunners had a last chance after a Seattle turnover with 3.5 seconds left, but Aja Williams's 3-point attempt from deep at the buzzer didn't hit the rim.
Jazmyne Bartee led the second-seed Roadrunners with 15 points, and Johnson had 12.
Both teams could not pull away as there were 19 lead changes and 11 ties.
Neither team could build more than a four-point first-half lead. The Roadrunners' Alexxus Gilbert's jumper with two second tied it 25-25 at intermission.
The teams split the regular season with both winning at home.
Seattle: Awaits a spot in the NCAA Tournament
Cal State Bakersfield: Awaits word for a tournament berth, either in WNIT or WBI.