OREM, Utah – Weber State women’s basketball surged for a comeback in the fourth quarter to take down the Wolverines of Utah Valley 64-61.
Utah Valley jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first quarter but a jumper and a three ball by Emily Drake closed the gap. With four minutes left to go in the first quarter WSU went on an 8-0 run. The run wasn’t enough to overtake the lead as Utah Valley had a 16-15 lead at the end of the quarter.
Senior Deeshyra Thomas had 10 points by the end of the first quarter leading the Wildcat efforts.
Early in the second quarter, Yarden Danan sunk one from beyond the arc ending a three minute Wildcat scoring drought and tied things up at 20-20. Kailie Quinn hit a jumper with 3:40 left in the half to give the Wildcats the lead for the first time in the game.
WSU couldn’t find the basket for the rest of the half and ended the quarter on a four minute scoring drought while UVU went on a 6-0 run to give them a 27-22 lead going into the half.
Weber State started the second half on a 9-2 run and reclaimed the lead. Utah Valley was not giving the Wildcats any leeway as they went on a 12-3 run giving them a 43-34 lead with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
Zharia Hale came through in the third quarter for the Wildcats and scored nine straight points that brought the score to 49-43 at the end of the third quarter.
With just five minutes left in the game the Wildcats tied things back up at 54-54 with back to back jumpers by Thomas. WSU took a 61-59 lead with a three by Drake with 2:20 left in the game. Another bucket by Hale gave WSU a four point lead with 1:31.
With things coming down to the wire UVU turned the ball over with six seconds left putting the ball in the hands of the Wildcats. With fouls to spare UVU played the foul game, Thomas was put on the free throw line and made one of two giving the Wildcats a 64-61 lead with two seconds on the clock.
Weber State closed out the game and downed the Wolverines 64-61 for their second consecutive win.
Weber State was led by Thomas who dropped 30 points. This is her third time scoring 30 or more points in a game in her career. Hale had 11 points for WSU and Drake added 10. J'aiamoni Welch-Coleman had four assists for the Wildcats.
Hale was also the top rebounder on the night with six and had four steals and three assists for the Wildcats.
WSU was 26-64 from the field, 5-22 from beyond the arc and 7-11 from the free throw line. UVU was 26-56 from the field, 3-13 from beyond the arc and 6-11 from the line. WSU had 37 total rebounds to UVU’s 34.
Weber State is now 2-0 on the season and will travel to Air Force to take on the Falcons Saturday, Nov. 19. WSU will return to the Dee Events Center, Tuesday Nov. 22 to take on Westminster.