The Weber State women’s basketball team pulled away from Utah Valley on Saturday after trailing by as many as 18 points to pick up a 79-64 win at home.
Sophomore guard Dezz Ramos finished with a career-high 34 points to help lead the Wildcats back from a 32-14 lead halfway through the first half. Ramos’ previous high was 22 points in the last game of the 2012-13 season at Eastern Washington.
With 8:48 left in the first half, Utah Valley led by 18 when the Cats went on an 18-3 run to end the half. Those first 12 minutes of the game included six Wolverine three-pointers. Utah Valley went on to shoot 7-for-10 from behind the arc in the first half.
Weber State extended its run to 22-3 into the second half to take its first lead of the game since it was 2-0. Over the course of the rest of the game, the Cats slowly pulled away behind Ramos’ hot hand.
Ramos hit five of the six Wildcat three-pointers in the game and went 12-for-17 from the field. The team shot 45.6 percent to UVU’s 42 percent. Early on it looked like the Wolverines couldn’t miss but they cooled off, only making one three pointer in the second half.
Utah Valley turned the ball over 23 times and the Cats took advantage with 28 points of those turnovers.
Senior forward Amanda Hughes picked up her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Regina Okoye added 14 points and junior center Zakiyyah Shahid-Martin pulled down seven rebounds. Okoye also had five steals.
The Wildcats improve to 4-3 on the season with the 15-point win.
The Wildcats will hit the hardwood again on Tuesday night when BYU comes to the Dee Events Center for a 7 p.m. matchup.