MIAMI – Weber State women’s basketball fell 70-68 in overtime Sunday morning for the first loss of the season.
Weber State started off with a 24-18 lead at the end of the first quarter, however Stetson came into the second quarter with an 8-2 run tying things up at 26-26 with 5:42 left in the half. Things remained all tied up going into half time with a 33-33 score.
The momentum was in favor of the Hatters early in the third quarter as they went on a 12-0 taking a 49-37 lead over WSU with four minutes left in the quarter. The Wildcats answered with a 5-0 run but still had a lot of ground to recover as they trailed 46-53 going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was a strong quarter for the Wildcats. WSUstarted with a 10-2 run reclaiming the lead at 56-55 with 4:36 left in regulation play.
Stetson scored six unanswered points with under two minutes left and then a layup by Jocelyn Adams and a three ball by Yarden Danan tied things up at 61-61 with only 10 seconds on the clock. The Hatters sunk a jumper with just two seconds left. The Wildcats then called a timeout and advanced the basketball to put them closer to scoring position.
Deeshyra Thomas saved the Wildcats with a buzzer beater jumper that sent the game into overtime.
Stetson and Weber State played tough back and forth basketball in overtime going point for point until the Hatters claimed a 70-67 lead with 48 seconds left to go. Danan sunk one free throw so the Wildcats were only down by two with six seconds left.
The Wildcats had the ball and Emily Drake let a three pointer fly at the buzzer but it didn’t go in and the WSU fell 70-68.
Thomas led the Wildcats in scoring with 21 points on the night. Drake scored in double figures for the sixth time this season with 11 points. Tyschal Blake, Danan and Adams all added eight points for the Wildcats.
Adams had a new career high of 14 rebounds pulling down eight defensive boards and six offensive boards. Zharia Hale had a game high of four steals for the Wildcats.
Weber State went 29-74 from the field, 2-16 from beyond the arc and 8-11 from the free throw line. The Wildcats pulled down 46 total rebounds on the night had 11 assists and 10 steals. Stetson was 27-6 from the field, 1-10 from the three and 15-19 from the free throw line. The Hatters pulled down 37 rebounds and had eight assists and nine steals.
Weber State is now 5-1 overall on the season and will return home to take on Portland Dec. 3 at the Dee Events Center at 2:00 p.m. Big Sky Conference play starts Dec.29 against Montana State.