OGDEN – Weber State hosted its annual Field Trip Day Monday, Dec. 19, but despite the 3,100 screaming fans support, the Wildcats fell 60-57 to Fresno State.
Weber State came out early in the first quarter with a 12-2 lead. Fresno State made a push but WSU still had a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs started the first quarter with a 7-0 run and brought the score within one point at 21-20 holding WSU to nearly a five minute scoring drought. Deeshyra Thomas drained one from beyond the arc to end the drought and maintain the WSU lead.
Fresno State took over the lead for the first time in the game with 2:47 left in the first half with their second quarter 13-4 run. Weber State took the lead back with two minutes left in the half. A layup by Thomas took the Wildcats into half time with a 32-26 lead.
Fresno State went on a 9-3 run to start the third quarter tying everything up at 35-35. The Bulldogs took a 44-41 lead by the end of the third quarter.
WSU trailed by seven points with 6:34 to go in the game. The Wildcats held Fresno State scoreless for nearly four minutes and a three ball by Kailie Quinn brought the score to 55-57 with 2:15 left on the clock.
Fresno State sunk a pair of free throws to give them a 59-55 lead with 16 seconds left in the game. Last second efforts by Quinn weren’t enough to tie things up and send the game into overtime and the Wildcats fell 60-57.
Weber State was led by senior Deeshyra Thomas who had 15 points and the game high with four assists. Emily Drake also scored in double figures with 12 on the night. Drake was also the top rebounder on the day with eight. Zharia Hale had four steals for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats shot 20-62 from the field, 6-23 from the 3-point line and 11-17 from the free throw line. WSU pulled down 34 rebounds, had 10 assists, 12 steals and only 15 turnovers.
The Bulldogs shot 22-57 from the field, 4-21 from the three and 12-18 from the free throw line. Fresno State pulled down 50 rebounds, had 16 assists and only four steals. Fresno State also had 22 turnovers.
The Wildcats are now 6-5 overall on the season and are back in action Dec. 29 to start Big Sky Conference play against Montana State.