OGDEN – Weber State women’s basketball took down Cal State San Bernardino 75-69 in the 2016-17 season opener on Friday evening in the Dee Events Center.
“This was a good team that came in here tonight,” said head coach Bethann Ord. “We must continue to step and do the little things. I know I say that all the time, but the details are crucial to our success. We’ve got to go hard every minute of the game. We can’t go up and down; we need to work on our consistency.”
The Coyotes had a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Wildcats retaliated with a 13-4 run to start off the second quarter. San Bernardino took a five point lead late in the second quarter, but WSU closed the margin and trailed 35-36 going into halftime.
Freshman Zharia Hale was a huge contributor to WSU’s surge in the second quarter. Hale came off the bench and scored nine points in the second period.
Late in the third period the Wildcats took a 54-49 lead, its largest lead of the game at that point, and maintained that lead going into the fourth quarter. Weber State took its largest lead of the game, 65-52, with 6:09 remaining on a layup by senior guard Deeshyra Thomas
The Coyotes fought back and cut the lead down to five with 3:45 left in the game. The Wildcats finished the game with an 8-5 run which was enough to give them the 75-69 victory.
Emily Drake tied her career high with 17 points on the night including four made buckets from beyond the arc. Drake also managed to pull down eight rebounds and added three assists. After sitting on the bench the entire first quarter and coming off the bench in the second Hale came away with 17 points as well and she had the game high of three steals.
Thomas was the third Wildcat to score in double figures on the night with 15 points. Junior Kailie Quinn had the game high of 10 rebounds, tying her career high.
Weber State finished the night going 26-59 from the field, 6-22 from the three and 17-29 from the free throw line. WSU pulled down 44 total rebounds and dished off 14 assists.
The Wildcats are now 1-0 overall on the season and will next travel to take on in-state rival Utah Valley, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Big Sky Conference play starts Dec. 29 against Montana State at the Dee Events Center.