OGDEN, Utah -- The Weber State women’s basketball team fell to 0-13 in conference play with an 80-64 loss to in-state foe Southern Utah on Saturday.
Sophomore guard Desiree Ramos finished with a game-high 30 points, but her efforts were not enough to overcome a big first half by the Thunderbirds who led by 11 at the break. That was Ramos’ second thirty point game in her short Weber State career.
Senior forward Amanda Hughes was suspended for the game after a foul from last Saturday’s game at Northern Colorado was ruled a flagrant-two by the Big Sky Conference. By rule, she was suspended for the next game by the conference.
The Thunderbirds had four players in double figures led by Hailey Mandelko who had 19 points in the contest.
With the win, Southern Utah climbed into a second-place tie with Montana in the conference after the Grizzlies beat North Dakota. Both SUU and Montana are only a half of a game behind first-place North Dakota.
The Wildcats struggled from the floor, shooting only 32 percent in the game while SUU shot 46 percent from the field.
Weber State actually got to the free throw line more than Southern Utah but the Thunderbirds made one more free throw than the Cats, going 26-29 from the line while WSU went 25-36 from the stripe.
Southern Utah also took better care of the ball in the game, turning it over 17 times to the Wildcats’ 20 turnovers. The Thunderbirds had 16 assists while Weber State only had six.
Weber State will host rival Idaho State on Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.