USAFA, Colo – Weber State women’s basketball picked up its third consecutive win by taking down Air Force 76-61 Saturday afternoon.
"Great road win that was extremely physical and this team never gave up," said head coach Bethann Ord. "We had a great start then got a little complacent but in the second quarter we found our groove again and opened the game up. We started the second half strong and we held our ground and pulled out a tough road victory."
Wildcats started the game off with a 10-2 lead over the Falcons. Air Force didn't back down however, and brought the score within one point to end the first quarter with a 23-22 score and WSU still had the lead.
With only five minutes left in the second quarter WSU had claimed a 13 point lead. Weber State thrived the rest of the first half pushing their lead to 20 points for a 49-29 score going into halftime. Emily Drake lead the Wildcats in the first half as she dropped 11 points.
The Wildcats maintained their 20 point lead for the entire third quarter and even pushed it to a 26 point lead at with just two minutes left to go in the quarter.The third quarter ended with a 69-48 score in favor of the 'Cats. Air Force out scored Weber State in the fourth quarter 13-7, but WSU had already surged far enough ahead they couldn’t be caught as the Wildcats came out of the game with the 76-61 win.
Weber State was led by Drake who ended the night with 16 points going 5-9 from the field and 4-4 from the beyond the arc. Kailie Quinn scored in double figures with 12 points and senior Deeshyra Thomas added 11 for the Wildcats.
Tyschal Blake was Weber State’s top rebounder of the night pulling down nine. Jocelyn Adams was close behind with eight boards. J'aiamoni Welch-Coleman and Quinn had five assists each on the night helping out the Wildcat offense.
Yarden Danan had three steals for the game high.
Weber State was 27-62 from the field, 9-16 from the three and 13-30 from the free throw line. WSU also pulled down 42 rebounds had 19 assists and 17 turnovers. Air Force was 21-61 from the field, 3-8 from the three and 16-25 from the line. The Falcons pulled down 39 rebounds had 13 assists and 19 turnovers.
Weber State is now 3-0 overall on the season and will next take on in-state rival Westminster, Tuesday, Nov. 22 before taking off to Florida International for a tournament over Thanksgiving. Big Sky Conference play will start Dec. 29 at home against Montana State.