Lone senior, Deeshyra Thomas, became the 18th Wildcat in school history to join the 1,000 point club with her game high 21 points in the 83-67 loss to North Dakota Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats had the jump on the Fighting Hawks the entire first half of the game. WSU had a 21-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 40-37 at half time. UND only had the lead three times in the first half.
North Dakota went on 7-2 run to start the third quarter that gave them a 46-43 lead with 5:52 to go in the quarter. Emily Drake sank a three ball to tie things back up at 46-46. UND pulled slightly ahead at the end of the third quarter with a 53-51 score.
With 5:45 left in the game, UND’s Leah Szabla made a layup to give the Fighting Hawks a 61-56 lead. Szabla drew a foul on the play by Tyschal Blake which was Blake’s fifth foul of the game. This was the turning point of the game. After a pair of technical fouls to Weber State and five made free throws by North Dakota, the Fighting Hawks had just created a seven point play for themselves that gave UND 10 point lead over WSU.
After that, the momentum remained in favor of North Dakota as they pulled out an 83-67 win over the Wildcats.
Weber State was led by Thomas and her 21 points, six assists and two steals. Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman also scored in double figures for WSU with her 13 in the game and Dominique Williams added 11 for WSU.
Drake was the top rebounder for WSU in the game with her eight. Kailie Quinn was close behind with seven.
Weber State shot 35 percent from the field, 23 percent from the field and 46 percent from the free throw line. WSU had 43 rebounds, 17 assists, six steals and 15 turnovers.
North Dakota was led by Makailah Dyer who had 30 points. UND shot 44 percent from the field, 26 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Fighting Hawks had 42 rebounds, 15 assists, seven steals and 15 turnovers.
Weber State is now 12-13 overall on the season and 6-8 in Big Sky Conference play. They return home to the Dee Events Center for the final home games of the season against Eastern Washington and Idaho. The game against Idaho will be senior night, where we will honor Thomas in her final game at the Dee.