CEDAR CITY, Utah – Led by two Wildcat career highs by J'aiamoni Welch-Coleman and Dominique Williams, Weber State snapped a five game losing streak and pulled out a 73-68 win over Southern Utah Thursday night.
“I thought we had a terrific effort,” said head coach Bethann Ord. “We came out in the first half guns blazing. I reminded them at halftime that we needed to stay focused and play hard and we did. We carried that momentum with us to the finish.”
Southern Utah got an early jump on the Wildcats but Weber State didn’t let that deter them. By the end of the first quarter the Wildcats had a 23-18 lead over the Thunderbirds.
Weber State and Southern Utah were tied at 30-30 with 2:50 remaining in the first half and WSU went on a 10-3 run to end the second quarter with a 40-33 score.
The Wildcats continued to push forward and claimed a ten point lead going into the fourth quarter. SUU held WSU to a three minute scoring drought late in the quarter but WSU answered with a 5-1 run. That run gave Weber State 69-60 lead with just under a minute of game play. Weber State prevailed and came out with the 73-68 victory.
Weber State was led by Welch-Coleman’s career high efforts of 20 points going 8-9 from the field. Williams also put up a new career high performance with 14 points. Deeshyra Thomas returned to her double digit efforts with 15 points for the Wildcats.
WSU shot 48 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three and 50 percent from the free throw line. WSU pulled down 25 rebounds and 19 assists six steals and 20 turnovers.
SUU shot 47 percent from the field, eight percent from the three and 70 percent from the free throw line. SUU pulled down 38 rebounds while adding 20 assists, 13 steals and 21 turnovers.
Weber State is now 9-11 overall on the season and 3-6 in Big Sky Conference play. WSU stays on the road heading to Northern Arizona for a 6:30 p.m. match up Saturday, Feb. 4.