PROVO, Utah – Weber State fell to BYU 73-64 on kids day at the Marriot Center in Provo, Utah Wednesday morning.
The two teams set a fast and intense pace early in the game matching everything point for point until BYU took a 21-17 lead with only 20 seconds left in the first quarter. J'aiamoni Welch-Coleman drove up the lane to lay it in to end the quarter 21-19.
BYU gained a little wiggle room early in the second quarter taking a seven point 29-23 lead just four minutes in. WSU was on a six minute scoring drought while BYU advanced the lead to 36-23 off an 11-0 run.
A jumper by Audrey Frison ended the scoring drought and then the Wildcats went 3-3 to end the half trailing 38-31.
Emily Drake started the second half with a made three ball. The Wildcats held the Cougars to just one basket in the first three minutes of the quarter.
Drake was a huge asset for the Wildcats in the third quarter scoring 11 points in that quarter alone. However, the Wildcats stilled trailed 57-48 going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter started in favor of the Wildcats as they forced BYU into a four minute scoring drought and the Cougars went 0-5 from the field. That drought helped bring the score to 59-53 with six minutes to go in the game.
Weber State had a 9-0 run and brought the score to 64-61 with only 2:18 left in the game. Weber State’s solid effort during the final minutes of the game including a made three ball by Kaillie Quinn weren't enough and ultimately the 73-64 win went to the Cougars.
Weber State was led by Drake who had 15 points going 4-8 from beyond the arc. Drake also pulled down eight rebounds.
Thomas and Quinn each scored in double figures with 14 points each. Thomas also dropped eight assists on the night. The top rebounder for the Wildcats was Jocelyn Adams who had 10 on the night helping the Wildcats 40 boards.
Weber State went 25-64 from the field, 10-29 from the three and 4-6 from the free throw line. WSU put up 17 assists and nine steals and forced BYU to have 18 turnovers.
BYU was 27-58 from the field, 10-25 from the three and 9-14 from the free throw line. The Cougars pulled down 33 boards and 23 assists.
The Wildcats are now 6-2 overall on the season and will return home to the Dee Events Center Friday, Dec. 9 to take on CSUN at 7:00 p.m. Big Sky Conference lay will start Dec. 29 against Montana State.