OGDEN, Utah -- The Weber State women’s basketball team won its second game in a row, beating Montana, 56-54, on Thursday night at the Dee Events Center.
After losing 51 games in a row, the Wildcats have now won its last two, taking down rival Idaho State on Monday night and now the Grizzlies Thursday.
The Cats had three players in double figures. Sophomore forward Kalie Matthews and senior forward Amanda Hughes each had 14 points. Sophomore guard Desiree Ramos added 11 points, including two free throws with 18 seconds left and the game tied.
That pair of foul shots put the Cats on top, but it was two key defensive stops that sealed the win for the Wildcats. When junior guard Brianna Averette took a charge with two seconds left, the Cats finished off their second consecutive win.
“I feel like when we get over the hump it’s going to be scary,” head coach Bethann Ord. “We still have a long ways to go, but we’re taking some really good steps in the right direction.”
Matthews was also the game’s leading rebounder with 13, helping lead the Cats in the paint.
“Kalie is as tough as a two-dollar steak,” Ord said. “Once she realizes that she doesn’t have to out-jump people, she can do a really good job of boxing out. Tonight she did that.”
Despite Matthews’ effort, Montana won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats, 44-40.
Weber State was as aggressive as ever defensively and that is ultimately what paid off. The Wildcats picked up 12 steals in the game. Meanwhile, the Wildcats only turned it over 13 times to the Grizzlies’ 19.
It was a rough shooting night for both teams. The Grizzlies shot only 34 percent while the Wildcats only shot 33 percent from the field.
Weber State will finish its four-game home stand on Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. matchup with Montana State. That game is a free for all game, so it is free admission for all Wildcat fans.