OGDEN – Weber State women’s basketball dropped its Big Sky Conference opener to Montana State 83-68 Thursday night.
"We had a really good first quarter because we were sharing the basketball and working as a team," said head coach Bethann Ord. "We just need to continue doing the little things that we work on every day. We gave up too many second and third opportunities that Montana State capitalized on."
Weber State ended the first quarter with a 23-17 lead over the Bobcats. Early in the second quarter Weber State had a two minute scoring drought while Montana State went on an 8-0 run to take over the lead at 30-29.
A layup by Tyschal Blake was the only field goal Weber State made in the final four minutes of the quarter and Montana State had claimed a 37-34 lead over the Wildcats going into half time.
In the third quarter, Emily Drake drained a three pointer and drew a foul to sink her free throw for a four point play that gave WSU a 40-39 lead. WSU went on to outscore MSU 20-19 in the third quarter but still trailed 56-54 going into the final quarter of play.
Weber State couldn’t gain any footing and the momentum was with Montana State in the fourth quarter. WSU failed to make a comeback and the Bobcats claimed the 83-68 victory.
Weber State was led by Drake who had 23 points. Deeshyra Thomas dropped 19 for the Wildcats and Yarden Danan added 11. Danan had the game high with three assists. Three different Wildcats pulled down four rebounds each for the game high.
WSU shot 25-67 from the field, 9-25 from the three and 9-12 from the free throw line. Weber State only pulled down 26 rebounds to Montana State’s 46 boards. The Wildcats had just 14 turnovers to MSU’s 21.
The Bobcats shot 30-56 from the field, 7-17 from the three, and 16-20 from the free throw line. Hannah Caudill had the game high for MSU with 20 points.
Weber State is now 6-6 overall on the season and 0-1 in Big Sky Conference play. The Wildcats are set to host Montana Saturday, Dec. 31 at 2:00 p.m. Weber State will then host Idaho State Jan. 7 before hitting the road to Idaho and Eastern Washington for the first Big Sky road games of the year.