RENO, NEV. – Weber State women’s basketball opened the Big Sky tournament with an exciting win. WSU came from behind, forced the game into overtime, and put up a last second winning jumper to take down Sac State 98-97.
“You can’t look down and you can’t look back, you have to learn and focus forward,” head coach Bethann Ord said. “We just had a positive mindset and got back to business today. Our plan was to keep our composure and even though we’re an up tempo team we wanted to maintain our game and we did. I’m so proud of the girls and their efforts today.”
WSU had a slow start to the game letting Sac State get a 16-6 jump in the first five minute and then let Sac State finish out the quarter with a 26-14 lead.
Weber State came into the second quarter hot, shooting 4-7 from the field bringing the score to 32-26 with seven minutes on the clock. The Wildcats forced Sac State into seven turnovers in the second quarter and capitalized with a 9-0 run to tie things up at 35-35 with just 1:35 remaining in the first half.
Things were close at halftime with Sac State having a 42-40 lead. Sac State came out of halftime on an 8-0 run but WSU chipped away to bring the score to 69-62 at the end of the third quarter.
Weber State came up big in the fourth quarter starting off with an 8-1 run to tie things up at 70-70. Weber State claimed the momentum after a three ball by Yarden Danan and a Sac State turnover.
The Wildcats came up with some big plays in the fourth quarter, another three by Danan, a three point play by Tyschal Blake and clutch layup by Emily Drake. The team effort resulted in the game being tied 89-89 at the end of regulation sending things into overtime.
With 10 seconds left in overtime Weber State trailed 97-96. WSU had the ball and with two seconds left, Deeshyra Thomas put a jumper that went in to give Weber State the 98-97 overtime win over Sacramento State.
“The tournament is always a new season,” Thomas said. “It’s a fresh start and it’s a battle. We knew we had to give everything we had today and it was worth it because a win feels amazing.”
Weber State led for only three minutes of the game but finished out shooting 49 percent from the field, 41 percent from the three and 55 percent from the free throw line. Sac State finished shooting 45 percent from the field, 30 from beyond the arc and 56 from the free throw line.
WSU scored 21 points off of Sac State turnovers and despite having a strong performance on the boards was outrebound 59-35.
Thomas led the Wildcats with her 25 points on the night going 10-18 from the field. Kailie Quinn was hot this game draining seven from beyond the arc for a total of 23 points. Blake posted a career high of 14 points and had the game high of nine rebounds.
Let’s not forget about Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman’s performance as she dropped nine assists for the Wildcats and 14 points. Danan also scored in double digits with 10 very effective points and five assists.
Weber State is now 13-17 overall on the season and will take on the No. 1 seed, Montana State Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00 MST in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky tournament.