The Weber State women’s basketball team won its first conference game since February 26, 2011, with an 84-71 win over rival Idaho State on Monday night.
The Cats were led by an incredibly balanced offensive attack with sophomore guard Regina Okoye leading the way with 16 points. Sophomore guard Desiree Ramos finished with 15 points, junior guard Brianna Averette added 14 points and senior forward Amanda Hughes scored 12.
Ramos also picked up eight steals in the game to help the Cats stifle the Bengals.
“I want our girls to be really happy about this, but we still have a lot of work to do,” head coach Bethann Ord said.
The Wildcat victory breaks a 51-game Big Sky Conference losing streak, 23 of which were at home.
“It was really awesome to do it at home, in front of our fans,” Ord said.
Idaho State began the streak with a win over the Cats in Pocatello on March 3, 2011.
The Wildcats scored 36 points off of 25 Bengal turnovers. That was the difference in the game as the Bengals held a big rebounding advantage in the game. Idaho State outrebounded the Wildcats, 42-27.
Although both teams shot the ball fairly well, the Bengals outshot Weber State. Idaho State shot 51 percent in the game to the Wildcats’ 47 percent.
The Wildcat bench came up huge, however, outscoring Idaho State’s, 25-14.
Idaho State led, 37-32, at the half, but the Wildcats stormed back in the second half thanks to a 22-4 run from about the 11-minute mark to the 2:51 mark.
The Bengals went scoreless for a four-minute span during that run while the Wildcats scored 15 straight points.
Weber State will continue its four-game home stand when Montana comes to town on Thursday night for a 7 p.m. matchup.